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Chord Maestro Overview Video

Over the past few months, I have added several new features to Chord Maestro. Therefore, I put together a new overview video that covers all of the high level application features. This is a good video to watch if you want to see what the application is capable of and how to do things like creating chord charts and automating navigation events. Please check it out!


Tip #5: Make chord charts and related resources easily accessible

One of the issues that our worship team had back in the day was ensuring everyone was playing to the same sheet of music. We were using paper copies of everything back then and so people who had been in the band a while had huge binders of music that they'd accumulated over the years. There would be like five different versions of the same song in various keys.

Tip #4: Clickety Clack Click Track

Up until recently (within the last few years), my worship team did not utilize a click track during worship services. We had been to a few conferences in which various people recommended using them, but the logistics of actually making it happen seemed a little unattainable for us at the time. Our church spent a long time without a building and so we were playing the old set up/tear down game each Sunday.

Tip #3: Let the pastor do the talking

I once heard a great analogy of worship leading being compared to "driving the bus to Zion." You don't want the passengers to experience a bumpy ride. That is, we want to make the ride as smooth as possible so everyone keeps their eye on the destination rather than the bumpity bump bus ride. Some worship leaders like to talk a lot between songs.

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.

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