It was great seeing so many people at NPM last week in Saint Louis. I had a great time meeting many of you and talking with you about our ministry. Some of you had never heard of this blog, so, as promised, here is a list of some blog posts that seem to touch on many of the big issues…at least those that raised a lot of questions. Feel free to comment!
A blog that discusses the important of choosing the correct tempo:
Too Fast for Comfort
A blog that discusses some effective ways to ‘map out’ a new song so the assembly can learn it faster:
New Song? Plan Your Approach
A blog that discusses the importance of ‘silence’ and ‘space’ in our music:
Sacred Silence…we need it!
A blog that discusses how to effectively balance instruments in order to sound inviting and hear the assembly:
Dynamics: Help the Assembly Out
A blog that discusses effective ways to present new Psalms to the assembly:
Arrangement Ideas for Psalms
A blog that discusses the sometimes ‘very high’ range in which some melodies are written:
Warning: OUT OF RANGE!!!!
A blog that discusses the basics of how instruments need to work/play together in the ensemble:
What Goes Together Should ‘Go Together’
A blog that discusses the importance of EQ:
Thank you, EQ
A blog that discusses the importance of being an effective drummer:
Cue the drummer!
Guest blogger: Craig Colson
A blog that discusses some simple but effective arrangement ideas for some well-known songs:
A Couple of Great Songs…A Couple of Simple Ideas
A blog that discusses some songs with simple melodies that seem to always and easily invite assembly participation:
Some Simple Melodies
A blog that discusses ‘vocal improvisation’ and, is it really always necessary?:
To improvise or not…that is the question
A blog that discusses the importance of ‘loving’ our ministry:
Let’s do this great work with love
Guest blogger: Tom Booth
A blog that discusses choosing music:
A blog that discusses music throughout the liturgy:
Music Should Reflect the Emotion and Spirit of the Liturgy
Guest blogger: Jacob Israel Villalobos
A blog that discusses whether or not it needs to be ‘cantor,’ choir,’ or ‘all.’
Who is singing here?
A blog that discusses the importance of working WITH the sound technician:
Soundman and singer…are you on the same page?
A blog that discusses…well…using microphones effectively:
Using microphones effectively
A blog that discusses the overall volume of sound…good or bad:
Time for Some ‘Sound’ Decisions
A blog that discusses the importance of why we do what we do:
Faith is a choice…does ‘what we sing’ help people to worship and believe?
Guest blogger: John Angotti
A blog that discusses the importance of involving the assembly in our music!:
Some Assembly Required
A blog that discusses how to use published instrumental parts during liturgy:
A blog that discusses effective ways to ‘end’ songs:
We’re groovin’…now what?