Praise and Worship Vocals Assignments for 2.16.2018

Praise and Worship Vocals

Singers, great job at rehearsal on Friday. I could really hear the parts starting to come together, and I’m encouraged by your increasing confidence in your individual parts. Please keep working on your vocal lines. We would like especially “Lion and the Lamb” and “I Believe” to be solid by March 9th, which will give us plenty of time to polish before contest.

Because rehearsal time with the instrumentalists is difficult to come by, feel free to come into class early and sing along with the instrumental rehearsal. I think that will be beneficial for everyone. Just come on in the room and slide into whatever song is happening. Be brave!

Also, we discussed a little bit how the vocal tone in our ensemble right now is a bit like cotton candy. It’s nice and sweet, but a little airy and unfocused. We want more of a gobstopper sound, that is still sweet but concentrated. That will come during your own vocal rehearsal and with your confidence in our group rehearsals. Remember, the way you rehearse is the way you will perform, and so we want to consistently be aiming for good tone all the time. If you need any extra hints on that, please let me know. Sometimes it’s easier to get some good solid tips individually.

I ran across an article this morning that I thought might be of interest, discussing how even rehearsals can and should be times of worship for us. It is our ultimate goal as worship musicians to help lead others into lives of worship and discipleship, however, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to lead others to a place we have never been. That means if we are not worshiping while we are rehearsing, it will be very difficult to worship while leading. Our rehearsals are vital for helping us to be able to get the mechanics down so we can be more engaged, and good rehearsal doesn’t happen by accident. Read “Turning Rehearsal Into Worship” from CCLI magazine.

Finally, my musical happy moment this week is an unfortunate sneeze from a trombone player during an otherwise lovely performance.