how to sing wellOK singers, do you want to learn how to sing better?  If you do, then this special worship leader podcast is for you!

Learn all the secrets on how to sing better, hit the high notes and improve every aspect of your voice and vocal control.  Darin and Erick will show you how you can sound great, and how you can care for and preserve your voice for the long term.

From warming up your voice right through to caring for your vocal chords, what to eat and even how you can increase your range and hit some of those high notes you currently struggle with.  This is a vocalist’s dream, and it’s all free and coming to you on this very special worship leader podcast.

Our pod team will reveal secrets on how to sing better and do it for longer…

And if you want even more tips on how to sing better, check out this…

Learn More About How to Sing Better Now!

 

why do you lead worshipThis worship leader podcast looks at your motivation for doing what you do… why do you lead worship?

Is it because you love it, because you are called to this ministry, or is it because you were the only one who could sing when they can to hand out ministries in your church?

Who knows, maybe it’s for the glory, the adulation of the congregation, or possibly because when someone else does it it irritates you like crazy.  Hey, whatever your motivation to be involved in worship leading, it is always good to step back and look objectively at why you are doing what you do.  Why do you lead worship, and why do you listen to our pod?  All good questions, and we here in pod-land are mighty glad you do both!

Leading praise and worship is a calling, and many of our faithful listeners know why you lead worship, or at least you think you do, but settle back and have a listen to the guys as they share about the real reason why they lead.  You might even be surprised!  This is definitely a worship leader podcast to not miss, and it is alsi one to make you stop and think about your life and where you are going with it.

It’s all happening right here on the BIG, shiny and incredibly fun and zany worship leader podcast.

[simpleazon-image align=”center” asin=”0802402151″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/414o7EHjmQL._SL160_.jpg” width=”107″]

And of course do not forget, you could download a lot of pods without spending a dime either from this site, or it is possible to download for free from iTunes, or subscribe to it so you don’t miss any episode ever!  Nearly every week there is a special edition of the pod coming at you, so subscribe on iTunes and be part of our worship leader community.  And if you like us, and I hope the majority of you do, PLEASE LEAVE A REVIEW so iTunes knows that we’re helping you along!   Whether you’re driving to work, mowing the lawn or simply chilling out (maybe with a pleasant cup of tea!), let us teach you, brighten up your entire day and maximize the use of the time you have for the Lord!

Click Here to Subscribe to the Worship Leader Podcast Now!

Or type this into your browser: http://www.buzzsprout.com/3378.rss
Or, in case you are really keen to learn more about all aspects of worship leading, from managing your team to arranging your songs, from discovering how to worship lead with a small band to conditioning your voice, plus a bunch of other tips and techniques, check out the whole list of  Worship Leader Podcasts, so you are able to hear all of them!!!

OK, it’ll take you some time, but you will definitely get some ideas about all aspects of worship leading, how to help your voice, manage your band, and a whole host of other things (and also have quite a few laughs).  Or, save yourself the trouble and buy the Worship in a Nutshell package, to help you get the very best information ready to apply right now with your church.  It costs a small amount, but boy it saves you loads of time learning, and will really help you discover the answer to the question, “Why do you lead worship?”

worship leader podcastThis worship leader podcast is exactly what you need if you want to create the perfect backing band to lead worship with.  Wouldn’t you like the best band ever behind your worship leading?  I know I would, but the pod today discusses what exactly is the perfect band, and the steps you need to take to create it in your church.

Is having the perfect band behind you about their abilities, their attitudes, your leadership or the grace of the Holy Spirit?  It is probably a bit of all of these, but in the pod we will show you which ones you can compromise on, and which ones are the most important (starting obviously with the Holy Spirit!).

 

If you have a band and singers in your church, this worship leader podcast is not to be missed!

 

 

And don’t forget, it is possible to download lots of pods for free either from this site, or you are able to download free of charge from iTunes, or subscribe to it so you don’t miss any episode ever!  Nearly every week there is a special edition of the pod coming at you, so subscribe on iTunes and be a part of our worship leader community.  And if you like us, and I hope many of you do, PLEASE LEAVE A REVIEW so iTunes knows that we’re helping you along!   Whether you are driving to work, mowing the lawn or simply chilling out (maybe with a pleasant cup of tea!), let us teach you, brighten up your entire day and maximize the use of the time you have for the Lord!
Click Here to Subscribe to your Worship Leader Podcast Now!

Or type this into your browser: http://www.buzzsprout.com/3378.rss
Or, should you be really keen to master more about all aspects of worship leading, from managing your team to arranging your songs, from discovering how to worship lead with a small band to conditioning your voice, plus a bunch of other tips and techniques, take a look at the whole list of  Worship Leader Podcasts, so you can listen to all of them!!!

OK, it will take you a while, but you will definitely get some ideas about all aspects of worship leading, how to help your voice, manage your band, and a whole host of other things (and also have one or two laughs).  Or, save yourself the trouble and buy the Worship in a Nutshell package, to help you get the best information ready to apply now in the church.  It costs a small amount, but boy it saves you quite a lot of time learning!!!

This worship leader podcast is designed for all you singers out there, because no matter who you are you will always struggle to hit the high notes.  We always want to try get higher than we’ve ever gone before, and there are techniques and ideas that can help you to become a better singer and increase your vocal range, and that’s what this pod is all about.

 

In this podcast we will show you that you don’t have to tighten your belt or wear shoes two sizes too small in order to hit higher notes.  If you are a singer, or want your singers to be better at what they are doing, then this is a must listen to worship leader podcast for everyone in your team.

High notes worship leader podcastAnd don’t forget, you can download lots of pods for free either from this site, or you can download the worship leader podcast for free from itunes, or subscribe to it so you don’t miss any episode ever! If you do, PLEASE LEAVE A REVIEW so itunes knows that we are helping you along!  So, driving to work, mowing the lawn or just chilling out (maybe with a nice cup of tea!), let the worship leader podcastteach you and maximise the use of the time you have for the Lord!

Click Here to Subscribe to the Worship Leader Podcast!

Or type this into your browser: http://www.buzzsprout.com/3378.rss

Or, if you are really keen to learn more about all aspects of worship leading, from managing your team to arranging your songs and of course conditioning your voice, plus a bunch of other tips and techniques, check out the total list of  Worship Leader Podcasts, so you can listen to all of them!!!

OK, it will take you a while, but you will definitely get some ideas about all aspects of worship leading, how to help your voice, manage your band, and a whole host of other things (and have a few laughs).  Or, save yourself the trouble and buy the Worship in a Nutshell package, so you can get the best information ready to apply right now in your church.  It costs a small amount, but boy it saves you a lot of time learning!!!

Click on the player below to listen to the latest Worship Leader Podcast…

 

Worship Leader Podcast

Join the Voices Vs Instruments Debate on This Pod!

 

Voices Vs InstrumentsThis worship leader podcast is about one of the age of questions of music, especially worship music… voices vs intruments: which is more important, the music or the voices?

 

Now singers and musicians will argue back and forth, but the pod asks which one God thinks is more important, and the congregation.  We also discuss how to find a balance between the two.

 

 

Voices vs Instruments– are You Up For a Fight?

Seriously, this debate could go on for ages but we want to actually make some sense in this worship leader podcast, so we will stop arguing and reveal all about how to get the right balance between voices and instruments. So if you have ever struggled with the voices vs instruments debate in your church, this is a super important podcast for you!  Oh, and don’t forget to laugh a little bit too, as we discuss the balance (we all finish up as friends again, so don’t worry).  There’s fun and a serious message in today’s worship leader podcast.   And to hear the latest Worship Leader Podcast, click on on the hyperlink and turn up your computer speakers (preferably really LOUD!). You can also download the worship leader podcastfor free from itunes, or subscribe to it so you don’t miss any episode ever! So driving to work, mowing the lawn or just chilling out (maybe in an old rocking chair!), let the worship leader podcast teach you and maximise the use of the time you have for the Lord!

Click Here to subscribe to the Praise and Worship Leader Podcast…

Or type this into your browser: http://www.buzzsprout.com/3378.rss

Or, if you are really keen to learn more about how to lead worship, check out the total list of  Worship Leader Podcasts, so you can listen to all of them!!!

OK, it will take you a while, but you will definitely get some ideas from our team about the voices vs instruments discussion (and have a few laughs).  Or, save yourself the trouble and buy the Worship in a Nutshell package, so you can get the best information ready to apply right now in your church.  It costs a small amount, but boy it saves you a lot of time learning!!! Click on the player below to listen to the latest Worship Leader Podcast…

Join the voices vs instrument debate in this podcast now!

Voices Vs Instruments

Vocal Preparation

The other night I was at a music practice and was reminded about vocal preparation.

 

We were preparing for a Christmas presentation and being a Thursday, everyone was nearing the end of a “full on” week.  We have busy lifestyles and I know that in my business things start to become manic at this time of year. Needless to say, I have had no time to even think about singing or practising outside of the designated commitments.

 

It was interesting to hear our music director giving instructions to singers about voice conservation and vocal preparation.

So I thought I can feel a blogpost coming on…

The Importance of Vocal Preparation and Warming Up

 

vocal preparationI have been a singer ever since I could string a row of words into a sentence. I remember my first big part, I guess I was about 6 or 7 years old and I had to audition for the part. In the end it was between me and this girl, and I got the gig.  The only other thing I remembered about my first brush with fame was that I swallowed in the middle of a line! … nerves…

 

I have sung to congregations as small as a hand full and as large as 10,000. Every time I have done so has been a privilege.

 

Because I was young and I sang constantly, I never saw the need to practise or warm up. The vocal preparation warm ups to me back then seemed a little silly at best and a complete waste of time at worst.

 

Of course, now that I am a little older, I have also become somewhat wiser… Or at least I’d like to think that.

 

So Now Vocal Preparation Seems More Important!

 

When you sing all the time, your vocal chords and throat muscles are constantly being stretched and exercised.  And like any muscle there are keys to keeping your throat and vocal chords in good shape.

I want to share with you what I have learned about vocal preparation over the years.

Ignoring Vocal Preparation- How to Kill your Voice!

 

Some years ago, when my children were still in primary school, our family went to a large Christian convention. There we were among thousands of adoring followers, and pretty soon swept up with the proceedings. Everyone was excited. So was I. So excited in fact that I couldn’t contain myself, and soon I too was screaming at the top of my lungs until something went’ pop. That day I lost the top 1/3 of my vocal range. And it didn’t come back For a long time.

 

How Not to Kill Your Voice

 

This is my number one point; don’t strain your voice. Don’t abuse it by throwing your voice into compromising situations without the correct vocal preparation. Last week I sang Using a mike that was faulty. The result: voice strain. For the past few days I have had a rough throat.

I have been sucking on vitamin C and drinking heaps of water.

Learn how to be loud

 

Don’t scream and shout. If you need to raise your voice, do it with your head voice.

 

If you can yell high pitched ( bit like a siren) this should not affect your  voice. You need to exercise extreme caution at all times when raising your voice. Voice projection is a skill that can be learnt.

Diet

 

What goes past your gums is really important to the quality of your voice.

 

I know that different people respond differently to each other but I have learnt that the majority of people are at least the same.

 

High protein and low dairy are what I eat. Dairy gives me the gurgles. If I have anything like cheese, milk, yoghurt or ice-cream, I end up with that much phlegm I could start a collection service.

 

I also think it’s really important that you watch your food intake prior to singing. Personally I never sing on a full stomach. This means if I am leading worship on a Sunday morning, I fast until after the service.  If I am doing an evening gig, I make sure there is at least 4-6 hours of no food intake before I sing.

 

There are drinks we definitely should be staying away from before and during singing: like coffee, alcohol and milk drinks. I have already explained about dairy. Alcohol is to be avoided not least because of the altered state it can produce but also because it is a diuretic which can de-lubricate your voice. Coffee has the same effect. I love coffee, but can’t drink it before I sing.

 

Lastly it’s really important to lubricate your voice while singing. But here is a big important key: Don’t drink sweet drinks, don’t drink coffee, don’t drink cold. The best thing is water at room temperature or slightly warm.

 

Vocal Preparation Involves Vocal Warm Ups.

 

There are a number of vocal preparation exercises that work really well as warm ups and stretches:

 

I like sirens. This is a technique whereby you start low and wail like a siren, increasing pitch to the most comfortable pitch and then ease back down to the lowest you can go. Repeat this any number of times, gradually pushing your voice both higher and lower. You’ll be amazed at the progress you make.

 

Breathing is another good one. One singing teacher I had years ago would get us to fill our lungs with as much air as possible, and then in a very controlled manner pronouncing each letter accurately,  recite the alphabet as many times as possible. Again the more you do this the better you will become. Give each letter no more or less time than it takes to pronounce it properly.

 

Another good beginning warm up is humming scales.  The good thing with this exercise is that you don’t have to do this at the top of your voice, so you don’t annoy or scare anyone, especially at 6.00am.  The humming exercise involves humming harmonic scales, increasing one semi-tone at a time until you reach your top register.

 

Don’t Sing Tired. 

 

I really want to encourage you to be conscious of your rest patterns. Like most other parts of your body, your voice involves the use of muscles, and these need to be well rested to be at the top of your game, so vocal preparation is more than just right before you sing.

 

If you are a singer, your voice is your instrument. You never heard of a violinist leaving his Stradivarius lying around e exposed to the elements, not being cared for?? Treat your voice like that Stradivarius! A good example is Celine Dion. Check out what she did and does  to preserve and protect her voice.

 

You are blessed to be a blessing, use the God given gift to His Glory and make sure you have adequate vocal preparation!

 

God bless you,

Have a great week!

 

Erick

Vocal preparation

This worship leader podcast is dangerous- it talks about what you can do if the Pastor is wrong.  Now I know, some believe that the Pastor is never wrong, but as a Pastor myself I can assure you that sometimes we can be wrong… only God’s Word is infallable, not His servants.  Pastors are the leaders, the preachers and counsellors, but at times they know very little about music and worship.  Differences of opinion are inevitable, but this worship leader podcast looks at how you handle the differences in a godly, humble and serving way.  If you are worship leading, you cannot afford to miss this podcast, lest you face the whole caramel machiato thing (ouch!)…

 

.

Don’t Forget the Free Books with Worship Leader Podcast Tips

worship leading podcast worship leader podcast Additionally keep in mind that we provide free e-books at our website. So if you are starting out and desperate to learn some sensible worship leader tips, between the worship leader pod and the free books you are certain to pick up info that can make you a greater worship leader, beginning next Sunday. And yes, now we have great teaching for everybody from worship directors and worship leaders to musicians, singers and even sound guys!!!! If you have not obtained your free books yet, click on the hyperlink below. And feel free to leave feedback or e-mail us because we wish to enjoy the journey together with you. I’m sure that a lot of you might have worship leading tips you could share with others as well, so leaving feedback on the weblog will be there for everybody to learn and be blessed.

Click Here for your Free Worship Leader Podcast Tips Ebooks

To start the Worship Leader Podcast, click on on the link at the bottom of this page and let me know what you think! So God bless you all and I look forward to your enjoying these podcasts and worship leader tips in the forthcoming weeks and months as well.

Use this link to subscribe to the Praise and Worship Leader Podcast…

.

http://www.buzzsprout.com/3378.rss

 

And CLICK HERE for the full listing of Podcasts, so you may listen to all of them!!!

Or click on the player below to listen to the newest Worship Leader Podcast…

This worship leading podcast is about one of the coolest things ever… singing harmonies.  The pod takes you through the whys, wherefores and even teaches you super cool ideas and technique that will enable you to introduce killer harmonies into your worship team.  So if you want to have 3, 4 or 5 part harmonies in your worship team, check out this weeks exciting worship leading podcast.

 

 

Don’t Forget the Free Books with Worship Leading Podcast Tips

worship leading podcast worship leader podcastAlso remember that we offer free e-books at our website. So if you are starting out and eager to learn some practical worship leader tips, between the worship leader pod and the free books you are sure to pick up information that will make you a better worship leader, starting next Sunday.  And yes, we have great teaching for everyone from worship directors, worship leaders to musicians, singers and even sound guys!!!! If you haven’t got your free books yet, click the link below. And feel free to leave comments or e-mail us because we want to enjoy the journey together with you. I’m sure that many of you have worship leading tips that you can share with others as well, so leaving comments on the blog will be there for everyone to read and be blessed.

Click Here for your Free Worship Leading Podcast Tips Ebooks

To start the Worship Leading Podcast, click on the link at the bottom of this page and let me know what you think! So God bless and I look forward to sharing all these podcasts and worship leader tips with you in the coming weeks and months as well.

Use this link to subscribe to the Praise and Worship Leading Podcast…

.

http://www.buzzsprout.com/3378.rss

 

And CLICK HERE for the full list of Podcasts, so you can listen to them all!!!

Or click on the player below to listen to the latest Worship Leading Podcast…  

This worship leader podcast is about he power of praise and worship.  Can you be healed in a worship time, or set free? Can praise and worship energize your church? Can the gang make any sense as they discuss these issues?  These are the types of in depth, serious and slightly crazy analyses that you have come to expect for the worship leader podcast, and this episode does not disappoint!

 

Don’t Forget the Free Books with Worship Leader Podcast Tips

worship leading podcast worship leader podcastAlso remember that we offer free e-books at our website. So if you are starting out and eager to learn some practical worship leader tips, between the worship leader pod and the free books you are sure to pick up information that will make you a better worship leader, starting next Sunday.  And yes, we have great teaching for everyone from worship directors, worship leaders to musicians, singers and even sound guys!!!! If you haven’t got your free books yet, click the link below. And feel free to leave comments or e-mail us because we want to enjoy the journey together with you. I’m sure that many of you have worship leading tips that you can share with others as well, so leaving comments on the blog will be there for everyone to read and be blessed.

Click Here for your Free Worship Leader Podcast Tips Ebooks

To start the Worship Leader Podcast, click on the link at the bottom of this page and let me know what you think! So God bless and I look forward to sharing all these podcasts and worship leader tips with you in the coming weeks and months as well.

Use this link to subscribe to the Praise and Worship Leader Podcast…

.

http://www.buzzsprout.com/3378.rss

 

And CLICK HERE for the full list of Podcasts, so you can listen to them all!!!

Or click on the player below to listen to the latest Worship Leader Podcast…  

This worship leader podcast is about your attitude to those who are on your team and better singers or musicians than you.  It is tempting to be jealous, but God has a greater plan than this!  If you have talented people on your team and feel a bit over awed at times, then this is an unmissable podcast which will show you how to handle situations, and make your team into a strong and mighty force for the Lord!

So, if you want to be a worship leader of  a great team, YOU MUST NOT MISS THIS PODCAST!
And Don’t Forget to Check Out Our Ever-Growing Worship Leader Podcast Collection (Getting bigger each week!) If you are looking for ideas, inspiration or anything else about worship leading, you will find great teaching and really sad jokes (but we love it anyway!) right here on the podcasts

Don’t Forget the Free Books with Worship Leader Podcast Tips

worship leading podcast worship leader podcastAlso remember that we offer free e-books at our website. So if you are starting out and eager to learn some practical worship leader tips, between the worship leader pod and the free books you are sure to pick up information that will make you a better worship leader, starting next Sunday.  And yes, we have great teaching for everyone from worship directors, worship leaders to musicians, singers and even sound guys!!!! If you haven’t got your free books yet, click the link below. And feel free to leave comments or e-mail us because we want to enjoy the journey together with you. I’m sure that many of you have worship leading tips that you can share with others as well, so leaving comments on the blog will be there for everyone to read and be blessed.

Click Here for your Free Worship Leader Podcast Tips Ebooks

To start the Worship Leader Podcast, click on the link at the bottom of this page and let me know what you think! So God bless and I look forward to sharing all these podcasts and worship leader tips with you in the coming weeks and months as well.

Use this link to subscribe to the Praise and Worship Leader Podcast…

.

http://www.buzzsprout.com/3378.rss

 

And CLICK HERE for the full list of Podcasts, so you can listen to them all!!!

Or click on the player below to listen to the latest Worship Leader Podcast…