Chord Maestro Feeling Invisible? Let Your Audience See You No More Stands

Tip #2: In Ear Monitoring for the band

This is a huge one for me since I've been playing guitar on worship teams for many years. I've played on teams that used stage monitor speakers and I've played for teams that have in ear monitoring systems. By far, the in ear monitoring systems are the best since you don't have to play the whole "I can't hear myself" game as much. You also don't have to worry about sacrificing your hearing for the purpose of using your musical giftings.

Tip #1: Ditch the music stands

This is tricky one since a lot of volunteer worship band members have trouble memorizing a bunch of songs. I've heard a few worship leaders say "stop being lazy - just memorize the songs." That is a great ideal to shoot for, but might be a little much for an average musician with almost no free time. Most musicians (even good ones) have trouble memorizing songs unless they are playing the same songs for several weeks.

Five Tips for Taking Your Worship Band to the Next Level

Over the next few weeks I want to focus on a topic that is near and dear to my heart. The topic of worship band excellence. Being a long time worship leader at my church, I have spent a lot of time thinking of ways that the band as a whole can improve. I've also spent a good deal of time thinking about creative solutions to common problems that lead to wasted time and effort. As my first forray into the blogging world, I'm going to present five tips that can help move your worship band to the next level musically and in terms of efficiency. Why five tips and not six?

Introductions all around

I decided to start this blog in order to share some of what I have learned over the years regarding the use of technology in worship services. Technology is a great thing but it can sometimes be a hinderance or even the cause of major train wrecks in the worst cases.

Welcome to Chord Maestro!

Summary

Chord Maestro is a FREE software tool that displays chord charts on a computer, TV, or large (confidence) screen without requiring a lot of unnecessary effort. Chord Maestro was made for worship leaders and live bands that are tired of using music stands and having to deal with an ever expanding library of paper chord charts. Although there are a couple of existing tools (you know the ones) that claim to offer similar functionality, none of them make it as easy as Chord Maestro. Why should you have to create a chord chart in some weird format just to get it to display on a confidence screen?

Chord Maestro takes a KISS (keep it simple stupid) approach to solving the chord display problem by requiring chord charts to be simple PDF files. That's right, no more entering a bunch of custom tags to get the chord chart to display correctly. No more having one version of the chord chart for printing and another for display. Just create your chord chart using whatever tool you want (e.g. Word, Planning Center Online, Chord Pro, scanned, hand written, whatever) and then display it with Chord Maestro. 

 

Screen Shots

Chord Maestro provides an easy to use interface that can be learned quickly. Check out the screen shots to get an idea of what the application looks like.

Chord Queue View 1

Chord Queue View 2

Chord Queue Event View

Set List Viewer

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