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92- Leading Worship with a Sore Throat

If you lead worship, at some stage you will experience a sore throat.  We all get them, but we cannot always step back and have a few weeks off when we experience a sore throat can we?

Don’t Let a Sore Throat Stop You Leading Worship

In this special pod, we talk about how you can deal with a sore throat, and still manage to lead worship effectively.  These are incredible and easy-to-action truths that might just help you cope with leading worship when you have a sore throat…

 

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91- Goal Setting in COVID 19

With the advent of COVID, you might think you are excused from setting any kind of goals for this year.  However, I believe that setting goals is more important than ever, and that your ministry and the health of your church depends on you setting honest, achievable and faith-filled goals.

Goal Setting is Still Important

Check in with the guys this week and find out how you can do this… because this may be the most important time in history to set the right goals for the future!

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90- How Loud Should Your Worship Music Be?

The age-old question, especially for worship leaders who minister in more conservative churches, is how loud should your worship music be.

How Loud Should Your Worship Music Be?

Now we have a whole continuum here.  Some believe it should be very quiet, but then nobody sing up loud because it sounds very exposed.  Others feel it should be as loud as possible, but then you can’t hear yourself think, let alone sing.

When considering how loud your worship music should be, you need to look at your congregation, your equipment, even your culture.  Certain cultures love and accept loud music, while others find it intolerable.

And the final question should be, what is going to enable our people to worship effectively?  Surely that is the real question.  So as you ponder this, listen to the guys today and ask God how you should approach the big question on how loud your worship music should be.  I know He has an answer for you.

Obviously,how loud should your worship music this question depends on so many factors, that you will discover loads of opinions and ideas in this latest free podcast.

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89- Hearing yourself onstage

Hearing yourself onstage is always a difficult thing, and something everybody complains about.

As you know, everyone always wants more of themselves so they can hear perfectly.

Hearing Yourself is Essential

Now if you are at a big church, with professional sound and in ear monitors then God bless you, and you can tune out.  But for the rest of us, who deal with imperfect conditions, rented rooms, foldback speakers and the like, this is a must listen to podcast.

So check it out and discover the secret to have a reasonable, listenable and balanced on stage mix

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88- Sound Check Properly

The Soundcheck can be a very long and painful task, but we all recognise that it is important, actually essential, to be able to hear correctly on stage.

A Great Soundcheck Makes Great Sense!

Now some have in ear monitors, but for the rest of us stuck back in the dark ages, we have to balance our sound correctly, so that we can hear the band and the singers, ourselves and hopefully leave something for the soundperson to mix out front!

So check out this podcast on how to do a soundcheck in a simple, positive and stress-free way…

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86- How to Have a Merry COVID Christmas

This year is going to be a COVID Christmas for many of our worship leaders around the world, but it doesn’t mean we cannot still have a merry Christmas.

COVID Christmas is Still Our Opportunity to Shine

Now more than ever we need worship leaders, pastors and churches to stand up and proclaim the good news that Jesus Christ is God’s gift to a fallen world. And we should not let a little thing like a worldwide pandemic stop us!

So many people are trying to just go through the motions of having Christmas this year, being the crazy, strange year it has been, so I believe this offers a unique opportunity for those of us blessed to be ministering.

After all, the message is still the same, the need is still the same and despite what the media might tell you, God still exists and is still on the throne!

So tune in to this podcast and get excited about sharing the message for Christmas with a needy world.

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85- Controlling Foldback

Controlling foldback is a constant headache for sound people, and hence for worship leaders and the entire worship team.

Controlling Foldback is Essential for Good Sound

We all recognise that, if the sound on stage is too loud or horrible sounding, this affects the way people in the congregation hear it.  It also greatly affects the way the sound person can control the sound, muddying the overall mix and giving them, constant headaches.

Controlling foldback is always an ongoing problem for almost every band.  On stage noise and the fact that it spills over to the audience is a constant battle, especially when it comes to noisy acoustic instruments like drums or guitar amps.

So we see sound people constantly begging certain members of the team, notably the electric guitarists, to turn down!  And how difficult this it for a drummer to turn down to minimise the amount of foldback spill coming off the stage?

Part of the trouble is not just that electric guitarists are mostly deaf, it is that you have to turn amps up loud to get a valve distortion effect, adding much mud to the foldback mix!

So we thought we would do a quick 12-minute pod about how you as a worship leader can communicate with your sound guys and control one of the most difficult aspects of sound you will face, especially in a small church.

And trust me, if you can control the foldback properly, then you have an excellent chance of producing a balanced, easy to listen to mix for the entire church service.  In fact many would say that controlling foldback is the key to a good mix.

Tune in today and check it out!

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84- How to Live Mix Properly

Learning how to live mix is essential for a sound man, but also a very handy thing to know for a worship leader.

You Need to Know How to Live Mix!

Many worship leaders do not know how to put music together so that it sounds great, balanced and pleasant to listen to. They rely entirely on the sound person, and hence are at their mercy! They have a vague idea of what they want to do, but most worship leaders really struggle to convey this in any meaningful terms to their sound people.

If you have no idea what the sound person is doing, how can you communicate effectively with them to try and get them to understand what you want.  If you find yourself using a lot of “kind of, sort of, I want it to be a bit like,” then you really need to listen to this!

So we wanted to put together a podcast for those worship leaders who have to deal with sound people, to give you a working knowledge of how to live mix, so you can tell the sound person what you want to hear, in a way they will understand.

Even for your own ministry, wouldn’t you like to know how to obtain a great mix of your music and vocals?  It is not that hard, and it is not impossible to do this!

OK, it’s not a full sound course, but hey, we only have 12 minutes right?  Invest 12 minutes into this handy podcast!

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83- The Use of Vocal Effects During Worship

Vocal effects can add so much to your worship, but they can also create an embarrassing mess.  trouble is, as a worship leader you generally have no clue how to talk to a sound guy to, shall we say,  moderate his use of effects.

Vocal Effects are Sometimes Dangerous!

By vocal effects, we are talking about things like reverb and delay, which give an echo effect on your vocals.  They can sound really warm and nice, but in the wrong hands, or if your sound person is inexperienced., they can be a disaster.

In fact. many vocal effects sound like you are singing while lost down the toilet somewhere, echoing and booming like a canyon or a deep cave.

There is a real art to using effects on vocals, but there are also some very helpful things you can do to make use of these in a subtle way to enhance the voices, rather than sending them into a deep, dark, echo chamber!

That’s what this podcast is all about.  It is worth investing the time to listen and learn, so that you can tell the sound guy exactly what you want, and how he can achieve this for you.

There are many clever but simple ways, and some glaring potholes you should avoid, when it comes to using reverb and delay on your vocals, and we share these ideas and more in this week’s podcast.

So we thought we would do a session on vocal effects, how to use them, how to not use them and how to get the best out of them.  All in just 12 minutes.  Check it out now!

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82- How to Take Care of Your Voice

If you need to learn how to take care of your voice, this is 12 minutes that will give you great and practical suggestions, and have fun while they are doing it!!!

It’s Your Instrument, Take Care of Your Voice!

So many worship leaders sing, even when they are causing damage to their voices, and with a few simple steps we can show you secrets to caring for and enhancing your voice/

After all, your voice is your instrument if you are a singer.  Most guitarists take care of their guitars, putting new strings on it, etc., but I find a lot of singers fail to take care of their voice.

And trust me, there are long term benefits to having a good voice well cared for and nurtured.  Abusing your voice is like abusing your body… you might get away with it for a time, but pretty soon you’re going to face some dire consequences.

And there are also immediate value from being kind to your throat. If you treat your vocal cords well, with a bit of love and respect, then you can often increase the range of your notes, the clarity, and the strength of your voice.

Trouble is, no one really talks about how they care for their throat!  Given they the vocal cords are muscles, we should be working them, stretching them and lumbering them up before we sing.

So learn how to take care of your voice, both now and long into the future!

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