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Everybody’s workin’ for the weekend…
In seventeen years of music ministry, my experience has been that music teams either rehearse on Tuesday or Wednesday nights, or just before mass on Sunday.
What did you have for lunch last Thursday?
I can’t remember either. I eat lunch every day.
We tend to have a set of songs for seasons that we will place in rotation for several weeks. If you rehearsed the song, isn’t it safe to say that you learned something, heard something, or corrected something? Did you write it down?
Just a few weeks ago, on Easter Sunday, our gathering song was “Mighty To Save”. The original key is “A”, but I feel that for my congregation and my voice that it is a little too high to sing so we play it in “G”. Our Easter arrangement was…
- Chorus, with a modulation up to A
- Chorus in A
Practice Makes Perfect?
We practices this transition four times.
Guess who didn’t write down the modulation to A? This guy.
Guess who went on autopilot and blew right through the keychange? Yep.
In case you’re wondering, the band stayed in G as well. Certainly, they wrote it down but didn’t hear the lift and stayed in G. Opportunity lost (the lift added alot to the prayer in that lyric).
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How do you keep track of notes from rehearsals?