Arranging a song is where the art of being a worship leader is well seen.
And Arranging a Song is Also Fun!
In church, we all sing many of the same songs, but it is in the arrangements where we as worship leaders get a license to be creative, and innovative.
You might start slow, or upbeat. You might go up a key. You might even change the whole style of what you play, making the worship song a rock song, or a ballad, or reggae! There is not set way to do an individual song, so this is where your creative juices can begin to flow.
As a worship leader, I can tell you that there is nothing quite like arranging a song in a new way that touches people’s hearts more effectively. It is something we should all strive to achieve, and it is something all of us can do to a great or lesser extent, whether we have 2 band members or a 50 voice choir.
This pod is all about arranging worship sings so they are new, fresh, innovative and most of all, yours and your churches. Don’t just churn out what some other group has put on YouTube, learn to arrange songs to make them special, and individual for your people…
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Most worship leaders do not set out to kill a great song…
But sadly, many do kill a great song! Let’s face it, there are loads of wonderful songs in our churches, from the hymns of old right through to the latest hits, but we don’t always do them justice when we play and sing them in our worship.
We might sing of our crucified Lord, but sometimes we crucify the song in the arrangement and feel that we give it!
So, in this slightly tongue in cheek and funny podcast, we are going to look at the top five ways you can kill a perfectly decent song, and we will do it all in just 12 minutes.
That’s right, we have actually sat down and thought about how we could kill a great song, ways in which we can make this song, however great it is, into the one that makes our congregation roll their eyes when we start it! And if you do what we suggest, you should be able to take any perfectly good and wonderful song and ruin it for your congregation. Whether it is overplaying it to death, pitching it too high or some other classic mistake, this is not only a lot of fun but it is a great podcast with practical applications for many of us worship leaders.
The hope, of course, is that you will then reverse engineer this and not kill great songs… So we are not advocating actually doing the things we suggest, but rather that you learn how not to do these things… so we can keep great songs as what they are… great songs!
And don’t forget, you can learn all about how to arrange songs to make them great by joining our Worship Leader Academy. It includes loads of fun, practical and easy to apply tips that will take your worship leading to a higher level, in just a few short months. Join the academy, and you will never kill a great song again!