I love the knobs on these pedals. Each device colors sound. Boutique amps with tubes and well-chosen guitars to get that “tone” require a passion that if you are not a guitar player you might not relate to. However, you should. As a keyboardist and vocalists, do I put the same passion in my instrument? Do I invest money, time and energy into my craft? Really, this is a good question.
Often times it is hard to get vocalists to rehearse their parts, or invest in equipment. Granted, most instrumentalists, regardless of instrument, have had to invest years and many dollars in lessons and gear to get to where they are at today. Some vocalists seem to sing naturally and like the center stage without the knowledge of building a craft. Now, I am a vocalist. I have invested years in training and have learned piano, guitar, and theory and studied at a music trade school. I am not here to pick on vocalists, but we are an easy target.
Here are some things for all worship team people to consider:
- Investing in gear is appropriate. Especially when we are talking about sounds that relate and move people in today’s culture. Singers might want to invest in a mic or in wireless in-ear monitors, which combined would not be nearly the cost of a decent guitar and amp.
- Investing in skill is the part of any call to ministry. (Psalm 33:3) Taking lessons or keeping your skills sharp are important for any worship team member. What steps have you taken or can you take to improve your skill?
- Compare your craft to the pros, not your current worship team. What I mean here is that we need to aim higher than ourselves. What artists out there are leading the way? Do we take the same passion a performer has to the act of leading worship?
- You may have the passion, but not the skill or talent. I believe it when people want to join my worship team and state that they have a passion for worship. But, not all have the gifting to actually lead people in that passion. Sometimes a passion for worship does not translate into being able to lead worship.
- The Worship Team is not for everyone, even if music is for everyone. The point is that music should be played by everyone. But, not in public! So, dust off your guitar, but if you cannot be effective with it in a public setting do not fret. You are not entitled to be up front. No one is, actually. Why should we make people suffer due to our lack of skill in our church services.
What are your thoughts? Did I miss any points here?