The Electric: Attack Of the Clones

In this series I try and address different aspects of the practical side of playing electric guitar in church music. This week we’ll talk about cloning effects pedals.

Whether you know it or not you probably have one or more cloned pedals on your pedalboard. What are they? Where did they come from? What does it mean? Let’s talk about it.

WHAT IS A CLONE?

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Nobody Gets The Church They Want

Over at the 9Marks blog there’s an interesting post about giving up our preferences in church (read it HERE). While it was primarily written for pastors and church leaders, I felt the lessons for worship leaders was pretty obvious even before he used worship music as an example.

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Sunday Worship

I’m posting a video of the music at my church from a few weeks back.

It’s not to show how good I am or brag. Hopefully this will be an encouragement and a resource for you.

We’re an average church. I’m a very average singer and musician. I am surrounded by some very talented folks who help cover, but aren’t we all.

What I love about this video is that while the service generally went well, it still shows us warts and all. I’m flat at parts, the sound mix was 100% all the time. We made mistakes. All of the stuff that happens at Real churches all over the world every Sunday.

A couple of things I think you (and I) can take from this video.

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The Electric: 5 STEPS TO BETTER TONE

In this series I try and address different aspects of the practical side of playing electric guitar in church music. This week we’ll talk about 5 steps to getting better tone from your rig.

Most of us are obsessed with our tone on some level. How do we get a better tone? Is it our gear? What changes do I need to make? What steps should I take. This week I throw out a few quick ideas that have helped me along the way.

While everything I write here is just my opinion, many of these opinions have been formed from hard learned lessons. So lets talk about getting better tone in 5 simple(ish) steps:

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Some Thoughts On Monitor Mixes

Our friends over at the Worship Links blog have posted a link to a great piece on getting a monitor mix going for a worship band.

Getting a functional monitor mix is so important, we need to hear each other to play well together. But it can also be a really sore spot and a cause of contention between team members and the sound guy, and team members with each other. How can you get a good mix with out getting at each others throats?

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How To Make Your Worship Team Better… Even If You’re Not In Charge

A lot of times we talk about how we can better serve God and our churches in our worship, song and playing. But what if we could better serve the other members of the church band? What if we could be a servant to our worship leader instead of expecting him to march to our drum?

What if by making a few small changes we could better love and serve each other? Wouldn’t that be an act of worship to the Father who would see his children “playing nice” together? Wouldn’t that be an act of service to our church if we played better and gave them a better platform to express praise, awe, love and devotion?

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The Electric: How Much Do Pedals Really Cost?

In this series I try and address different aspects of the practical side of playing electric guitar in church music. This week we’ll talk about the real cost and value of the gear with use to serve the church.

This isn’t really a post about worship music, but the topic of how much a pedal or piece of music gear really costs to make comes every so often on guitar forums and blogs, even ones for worship guitarists, and it annoys me, and it’s my blog, so I’m gonna right about it, and I’m going to use as many run-on sentences as I want 🙂

My goal is besides getting my pet peeves off my chest is to dispel myths and misconceptions to give folks a realistic view of how much it really costs to produce the gear we love.

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