Solo thinking part 3

Playing A Solo Instrument In A Band - Practical Basics After all that introspection, here are ten practical tips. I’m going to talk mostly about improvisation, since I’m assuming this is the area people have most questions about. What I have to say is pretty obvious, but sometimes the obvious…

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Solo thinking part 2

Test Number Two: The Dum De Dum Test Several years ago I found myself cycling alone through a deeply creepy deserted country lane, hundreds of miles from home, in the dead of winter, hoping to find somewhere to stay for the night. To keep my spirits up, I decided to…

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Solo thinking part 1

I’ve been asked to put down a few words about playing a solo instrument in a church band. I guess I ought to be qualified to do this, since I’ve been playing the fiddle for around quarter of a century now, in churches that have run the gamut from High…

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Sheffield Music Ministry Conference 8/6/13

Last Saturday some 90 musicians from a range of churches across the North of England gathered for the first ever Sheffield Music Ministry Conference. Thanks to those of you who joined us, we're praying that the day will have challenged, inspired and resourced you to keep going faithfully in Music…

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Drummers

Drummers, you know the feeling... The new song you're teaching your church sounds like it was recorded in a stadium somewhere: a huge, rich, warm, driving drum sound throbs away driving the feel and groove of the song. Problem is your church building doesn't look a lot like Wembley. How…

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A note on the piano…

I recently came across the following blooper from a church notice sheet: "The recent church fundraising concert was a great success. Special thanks are due to the minister's daughter, who laboured the whole evening at the piano, which as usual fell upon her." As a regular church pianist you may…

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Songwriters?

Lots of Christian musicians would like to be song writers. In today’s performance culture it can seem quite glamorous, but however much we need songs that sound great on CD, what God’s church needs most are songs that we can sing together congregationally. Here are a few tips as to…

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Advent- Christmas is coming!

"We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year!" Speaking to a couple of friends over the last few days I breathed a sigh of relief when I realised that the number of carol services I am involved in can be counted on one hand; some of my…

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