Collaborate Worship https://collaborateworship.com The Online Resource Satchel for Worship Leaders Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:02:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Pursuing Excellence as a Small Church Worship Leader https://collaborateworship.com/excellent-worship/ https://collaborateworship.com/excellent-worship/#comments Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:00:44 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=11607 Church size should not determine the amount of effort we put into our worship services. Truth is, someone who leads a church of 100 has no less of a call on their life than someone who leads in a church of 10,000. We are all valuable and making a difference in our communities. So, don’t settle...
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Why Worship Should Go Beyond Music https://collaborateworship.com/worship-beyond-music/ https://collaborateworship.com/worship-beyond-music/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 11:00:08 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=11376 Not too long ago, the church as a whole began to put a huge emphasis on music. The most important hire was the worship leader. And if a church didn’t have good worship, it was assumed the church was on the brink of failure. Things are starting to change. In a recent post by Thom Rainer...
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How to Become a Better Problem Solver with Church Sound https://collaborateworship.com/problem-solver-church-sound/ https://collaborateworship.com/problem-solver-church-sound/#comments Wed, 05 Apr 2017 11:00:16 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=10427 It’s Sunday morning rehearsal, time is strapped, and something goes wrong with the sound. It worked just fine last week, why is it not working now? You frantically search for a solution but can’t seem to figure it out. Everyone is staring, waiting on you…the pressure is on. Have you ever been in this situation?...
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5 Tips for a Better In-Ear Mix https://collaborateworship.com/better-in-ear-mix/ https://collaborateworship.com/better-in-ear-mix/#comments Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:23:44 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=10098 If you are new to in-ear monitors, chances are, they are not your favorite. It’s tough to get the mix just right and you often feel isolated from everyone else in the room. After employing the tips in this post, I believe you will end up loving your in-ear monitors. When properly mixed, in-ears offer...
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3 Mistakes Worship Leaders Make https://collaborateworship.com/worship-leader-mistakes/ https://collaborateworship.com/worship-leader-mistakes/#comments Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:31:55 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=9937 As a worship leader, I’ve made all three of these mistakes. And, it took me years to realize what was going on. This post is not to put you down, but to save you time. Get a head start and learn from the things I have done wrong. Mistake #1: Not Believing In Your Team...
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The Key to Great Church Sound https://collaborateworship.com/key-great-sound/ https://collaborateworship.com/key-great-sound/#respond Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:07:11 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=9533 When it comes to great sound, there is one thing that often gets overlooked – especially in churches. We run to the mixer to fix problems that arise while ignoring the most important thing. It’s like the current healthcare system. We are prescribed medications to get rid of symptoms when the root cause of the...
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Drums too loud at church? Try these weird drum sticks. https://collaborateworship.com/lidwish-solutions-drum-sticks/ https://collaborateworship.com/lidwish-solutions-drum-sticks/#comments Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:48:21 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=9150 Up until recently, my drummer has been stuck behind a drum shield. We all wanted to set her free, but couldn’t bear the loudness of the drums. My church recently went mobile and I wanted to simplify setup as much as possible. This meant ditching the drum shield and sound panels. The less to load...
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3 Ways to Motivate the Worship Team https://collaborateworship.com/motivate-worship-team/ https://collaborateworship.com/motivate-worship-team/#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2017 18:47:52 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=8967 As worship leaders, most of us work with a team of volunteers. Considering the team is not paid to be there, we employ a subdued leadership style. For example, we say nothing when a team member consistently shows up unprepared. We hold back in times where a team member needs to be corrected. We let...
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How to Achieve Great Sound in a Small Church https://collaborateworship.com/great-sound-small-church/ https://collaborateworship.com/great-sound-small-church/#comments Wed, 11 Jan 2017 02:18:54 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=8383 Achieving great sound in a small church is impossible, right? I mean, you have practically no budget and no one around with preexisting sound tech skills. I might have agreed with this common belief at one time…but I have proved it to be wrong. The truth is, you can achieve great sound at a small...
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Reverb Techniques for Church Sound https://collaborateworship.com/reverb/ https://collaborateworship.com/reverb/#comments Tue, 03 Jan 2017 22:23:56 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=8168 Reverb holds the power to take your mix from sounding dead to alive. But, it also comes with the risk of making your mix unintelligible and frustrating to the listener. Good news is, there are a few simple techniques you can employ to harness all the benefits of reverb while protecting your mix from becoming...
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5 Tips for Achieving Consistent Sound from Week-to-Week https://collaborateworship.com/consistent-sound/ https://collaborateworship.com/consistent-sound/#respond Tue, 13 Dec 2016 21:29:19 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=7689 Keeping sound at church consistent from week-to-week is tough. There are tons of variables that change every week – even temperature and humidity affect live sound. With everything changing, how do we maintain a consistent experience for the listener? First, you must make peace with the fact that there will be variations. There is no...
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CCLI Reporting: The Easy Way (Using Planning Center) https://collaborateworship.com/ccli-reporting/ https://collaborateworship.com/ccli-reporting/#respond Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:34:32 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=7505 So you are one of the lucky chosen to fulfill six months of CCLI reporting…congratulations!  Truth is, it happens to all of us who hold a CCLI license, once every 2.5 years. I don’t know about you, but I generally don’t get too excited when the letter comes in the mail that it is time to...
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How to EQ Your Room with the X32 https://collaborateworship.com/tune-eq-room-x32/ https://collaborateworship.com/tune-eq-room-x32/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:58:30 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=7316 If you are ready to take your mix to the next level, it is time to EQ your room.  This is also a great way to solve feedback problems. This technique is somewhat of an advanced tip, but I am going to break it down in a way that is easy to understand.  Once you have...
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What a Beautiful Name https://collaborateworship.com/what-a-beautiful-name/ https://collaborateworship.com/what-a-beautiful-name/#respond Tue, 15 Nov 2016 22:40:40 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=6967 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/what-a-beautiful-name/feed/ 0 The Worship Leader’s Guide to Communication https://collaborateworship.com/worship-leader-communication/ https://collaborateworship.com/worship-leader-communication/#comments Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:25:29 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=6921 As a worship leader, when looking for ways to improve, I bet your mind wanders to things like: improving as a musician and vocalist, finding better gear, and getting a better grasp on sound and lighting. But, there is one thing that we don’t think of that might actually be the most important: communication. We...
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How to Make Your Pastor’s Mic Sound Amazing https://collaborateworship.com/pastor-mic/ https://collaborateworship.com/pastor-mic/#comments Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:06:32 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=6445 The most important microphone at church is the pastor’s.  Yet, so many churches use a cheap microphone and don’t put much effort into making the pastor sound great. Let’s go through a few simple steps to making your pastor’s mic sound amazing. Use the right microphone. When budgeting for a sound system, the pastor’s mic...
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Lion and the Lamb https://collaborateworship.com/lion-and-the-lamb/ https://collaborateworship.com/lion-and-the-lamb/#respond Tue, 11 Oct 2016 20:43:38 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=6281 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/lion-and-the-lamb/feed/ 0 How to Keep up with (and Discover) New Worship Music https://collaborateworship.com/new-worship-music/ https://collaborateworship.com/new-worship-music/#comments Tue, 11 Oct 2016 15:22:34 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=6265 As a worship leader, it can be tough to keep up with new worship music.  New and familiar artists are releasing albums almost every week. I am sure there are several different ways to do this, but in this post I’ll share my strategy for keeping up with new tunes and how to determine if...
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5 Engaging Worship Songs [2016] https://collaborateworship.com/engaging-worship-songs-2016/ https://collaborateworship.com/engaging-worship-songs-2016/#comments Tue, 04 Oct 2016 14:51:07 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=6080 One of the most challenging things about leading worship is finding songs the congregation will engage with.  Once per year I share the top 5 songs really resonating at my church to give you inspiration and hopefully introduce you to a few songs you have yet to consider.  Here’s the 2016 list: Champion by Brian & Katie...
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3 Ways to Lower Stage Noise https://collaborateworship.com/lower-stage-noise/ https://collaborateworship.com/lower-stage-noise/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:24:22 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=5925 In many churches, the sound coming from the stage is louder than the house mix…and this is a problem.  You will never experience a quality mix if stage noise is out of control. There are three main causes of excessive stage noise: Uncontrolled acoustic drums Guitar amps Loud stage monitors Good news is, there are...
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How to Be an Effective Worship Leader to All Generations https://collaborateworship.com/all-generations/ https://collaborateworship.com/all-generations/#comments Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:47:44 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=5849 When you try to stay ‘relevant’ as a worship leader, people gripe that you are not singing enough hymns.  Then, when you schedule older songs every week, people complain that worship is not relevant and will run off the younger generation. Sound familiar?  I bet it does.  Even folks who are not overly opinionated have...
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How to Solve Behringer P16 Volume Problems https://collaborateworship.com/p16-volume/ https://collaborateworship.com/p16-volume/#comments Tue, 06 Sep 2016 15:53:51 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=5676 If you are using Behringer P-16 personal mixers with the X32, chances are, you have run into volume problems.  A majority of people I come in contact with who are using the P-16 personal mixers have complained that they are not loud enough. Good news is, the P-16s have plenty of volume control.  It is...
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Work Life Balance as a Worship Leader https://collaborateworship.com/life-balance-worship-leader/ https://collaborateworship.com/life-balance-worship-leader/#respond Tue, 30 Aug 2016 20:44:26 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=5572 Do you struggle with the balance between home life and leading worship?  Chances are, you even have to throw a day job in the mix. We live in a culture that recognizes people for overworking themselves.  We praise those who are always connected and respond to our text messages and emails right away.  In this...
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Champion https://collaborateworship.com/champion/ https://collaborateworship.com/champion/#respond Tue, 30 Aug 2016 19:39:24 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=5533 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/champion/feed/ 0 Mixing Live Drums: EQ, Compression & Gating https://collaborateworship.com/drum-eq/ https://collaborateworship.com/drum-eq/#comments Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:13:15 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=5411 Drums (and bass guitar) are the foundation of a great mix.  If the drums aren’t right, the mix lacks energy and loses its impact. With all the signal processing available to us (EQ, compression and gating), it is easy to get overwhelmed.  The most important thing to keep in mind is to never use signal...
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How to Ignite Passion in Worship Team Members https://collaborateworship.com/passion-worship-team/ https://collaborateworship.com/passion-worship-team/#comments Tue, 09 Aug 2016 19:45:58 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=5235 Do your worship team members consistently show up unprepared?  Do they rely on you to do most of the work while they simply show up, fulfill their part halfheartedly, and leave as soon as church is out? If this describes your team, you are not alone.  In a recent survey, I asked, “What is the...
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Your Love Awakens Me https://collaborateworship.com/your-love-awakens-me/ https://collaborateworship.com/your-love-awakens-me/#respond Wed, 03 Aug 2016 00:10:09 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=5165 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/your-love-awakens-me/feed/ 0 MEE Sport-Fi M6 vs M6 Pro (Review) https://collaborateworship.com/mee-m6-review/ https://collaborateworship.com/mee-m6-review/#comments Tue, 02 Aug 2016 16:24:28 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=5149 The MEE Sport-Fi M6 headphones are great low-cost headphones for in-ear monitors. I have been using and recommending them for several years now. When I ran across the M6 Pro headphones, it took me awhile to purchase because I was happy with the Sport-Fi M6s, and they are less than half the cost. I ended...
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Too many opinions about church sound? Here’s how to handle it. https://collaborateworship.com/opinions-church-sound/ https://collaborateworship.com/opinions-church-sound/#comments Tue, 26 Jul 2016 20:06:49 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=5097 Mr. Opinionated is approaching the sound booth…again.  Do you pretend like you can’t see him and walk away?  Or, listen to his hundredth complaint about how loud it is and pretend like you are going to do something about it? The truth is, there will always be opinionated people (maybe you used to be one...
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3 Ways to Teach Your Worship Team to Play by Ear https://collaborateworship.com/play-by-ear/ https://collaborateworship.com/play-by-ear/#respond Tue, 19 Jul 2016 14:02:30 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=5039 Worship leaders and music teachers are both different and important roles to developing a worship team. On a regular basis, many roles of a teacher are expected from worship leaders. My goal is to give you a few ideas of simple warm-ups and exercises you can incorporate into your rehearsals that will help teach your...
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Balancing Planning and Spontaneity in Worship https://collaborateworship.com/planning-worship/ https://collaborateworship.com/planning-worship/#comments Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:37:18 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=5003 For as long as I can remember, there have been arguments in the church as to whether you should plan or ‘let the Holy Spirit lead’ a service.  After 10+ years in ministry, I have found that the answer is…both. The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just...
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The Most Important EQ Techniques for Church Sound https://collaborateworship.com/eq-church-sound/ https://collaborateworship.com/eq-church-sound/#comments Wed, 06 Jul 2016 13:53:28 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=4956 Have you ever been overwhelmed with EQ?  Me too.  Just when I think I have a good grasp on it, there is something new to learn. This is especially challenging for the volunteer sound tech.  A few hours a week behind the mixer is simply not enough time to master EQ.  Good news is, there...
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God-Centered vs Me-Centered Worship Lyrics https://collaborateworship.com/worship-lyrics/ https://collaborateworship.com/worship-lyrics/#comments Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:46:04 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=4890 I have heard this concern many times: “I try to stay away from modern worship music because it all seems to be about ‘me’ and not God.” Maybe you have had this concern yourself? I have also heard several worship leaders say, “We don’t sing anything at church that isn’t vertical (directly praising and glorifying...
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When to Use an Audio Matrix (and How To Set It Up on the X32) https://collaborateworship.com/audio-matrix-x32/ https://collaborateworship.com/audio-matrix-x32/#comments Tue, 21 Jun 2016 13:38:12 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=4821 When I first set up the Behringer X32, one of my first thoughts was, “What the heck is a matrix?”.  Coming from a simple analog setup, the only Matrix I knew of was a movie released in 1999. Laugh as you may, but I would venture to say that matrix mixes are misunderstood and underused...
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The Most Important Purpose of a Worship Leader https://collaborateworship.com/worship-leader-purpose/ https://collaborateworship.com/worship-leader-purpose/#comments Tue, 31 May 2016 15:19:56 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=4669 Many assume that the only purpose of a worship leader is to lead songs on Sunday morning.  As a worship leader, it is easy to get stuck in the belief that the only way to worship God is through song.  I mean, how many of our churches wouldn’t dare to skip music on a Sunday...
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Top 3 Things All Church Sound Techs Should Know https://collaborateworship.com/audio-concepts/ https://collaborateworship.com/audio-concepts/#respond Tue, 17 May 2016 15:33:31 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=4510 So many of us got our start in audio by simply being a “warm body” that was willing to help. And what started as “just helping out” turned into a trial-by-fire method of learning how to run live sound and deal with all of the challenges associated with it. Being thrust into a sometimes-chaotic moment and...
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How often should I introduce a new song? https://collaborateworship.com/new-songs/ https://collaborateworship.com/new-songs/#comments Tue, 03 May 2016 16:14:09 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=4344 Growing up in church, it seemed like we were always singing the same 20 songs. When I visit my childhood church today, they are still singing some of those same songs. Is this a bad thing? Not necessarily. But, it does beg the question, how often should worship leaders be introducing new songs? Although there...
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When It’s Time to Let a Song Die https://collaborateworship.com/let-song-die/ https://collaborateworship.com/let-song-die/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2016 21:18:17 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=4286 I do my best to be led by the Holy Spirit when selecting songs for my congregation, but there have been many times that my personal preference has gotten in the way. I sincerely thought my song selection was spirit-led, but soon found out that it was just something I enjoyed listening to. Maybe you...
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Miracles https://collaborateworship.com/miracles/ https://collaborateworship.com/miracles/#respond Tue, 26 Apr 2016 19:32:01 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=4273 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/miracles/feed/ 0 Where Each Instrument Fits in the Mix https://collaborateworship.com/instrument-fits-mix/ https://collaborateworship.com/instrument-fits-mix/#comments Tue, 19 Apr 2016 17:08:01 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=4219 Most assume achieving a great mix is simply a matter of moving faders up and down. But, if you have been mixing for long, you know better.  You not only have to possess a wide array of technical knowledge, but you also need an understanding of where each instrument fits in the mix. On top...
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How to Handle Difficult Worship Team Members https://collaborateworship.com/difficult-team-members/ https://collaborateworship.com/difficult-team-members/#comments Tue, 05 Apr 2016 15:19:34 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=4123 Every organization has people that don’t quite fit the mold. Maybe they lied on their application or the hiring manager didn’t put in the effort to find the right person. Regardless of the cause, having the wrong people on your team will keep it from moving forward. On the flip side, having the right people...
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Just going through the motions? https://collaborateworship.com/motions/ https://collaborateworship.com/motions/#comments Tue, 29 Mar 2016 18:39:12 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=4052 There are times where it seems like I and everyone on the worship team is just going through the motions. Until recently, I thought that I must be the only worship leader that feels this way. After all, isn’t the worship leader supposed to be the most on-fire, engaged person in the entire church? I...
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The Complete Guide to Audio Compression https://collaborateworship.com/digital-mixer-compressor/ https://collaborateworship.com/digital-mixer-compressor/#comments Tue, 22 Mar 2016 19:48:56 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=4001 Audio compression allows you to limit the dynamic range of an input signal.  If that went over your head, imagine the vast volume difference between a vocal singing softly versus really belting it out.  Compression allows you to bring the two closer together by reducing the level of the loudest moments. When to Use Compression...
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The Complete Guide to Audio Gating https://collaborateworship.com/gating/ https://collaborateworship.com/gating/#comments Tue, 08 Mar 2016 16:31:21 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=3823 Audio gating allows you to suppress signal that is lower than a specified threshold while allowing everything over the threshold to pass through. If that went over your head, image standing in front of an actual gate and whispering, “Open, please”, but nothing happens. Then, you yell, “OPEN PLEASE”, and this time, the gate opens. The...
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How often should I schedule the same song? https://collaborateworship.com/schedule-same-song/ https://collaborateworship.com/schedule-same-song/#comments Tue, 01 Mar 2016 20:41:18 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=3775 When it comes time to plan the upcoming set list, I bet you spend time wondering if it is too soon to schedule the same song again…I mean, it has only been two weeks since the last time it was scheduled. To tell you the truth, I struggle with the same thought almost every week....
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5 Tips for an Amazing Drum Mix https://collaborateworship.com/drum-mix/ https://collaborateworship.com/drum-mix/#comments Tue, 23 Feb 2016 20:37:08 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=3708 Have you ever left a high-caliber concert completely amazed at how the drums sounded? I know I have. I could feel the kick drum, the snare was clear and punchy and the toms sounded like heavenly thunder. Then, I would go back to my church, try to achieve the same result and just end up...
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3 Ways to Improve as a Vocalist https://collaborateworship.com/improve-vocalist/ https://collaborateworship.com/improve-vocalist/#comments Tue, 16 Feb 2016 21:08:37 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=3647 Vocalists (especially new vocalists) are often intimidated by what they have to learn. But, it is really not the technique that is hard to learn, it is applying the technique. Even this in itself is not hard, it just takes consistent practice. Following are three things to get you on your way to becoming a...
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Grace on Top of Grace https://collaborateworship.com/grace-on-top-of-grace/ https://collaborateworship.com/grace-on-top-of-grace/#respond Tue, 16 Feb 2016 20:04:02 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=3631 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/grace-on-top-of-grace/feed/ 0 The Perfect Sound Check https://collaborateworship.com/sound-check/ https://collaborateworship.com/sound-check/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 17:24:53 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=3581 Frustrated with sound checks?  Are they taking too long?  Well, I am pretty sure that every worship team member has been fed up with sound check at some point, if not every week.  Although there are probably several ways to perform an efficient sound check, I’ll walk you though the process I have settled into...
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How to Use Your Digital Mixer’s EQ https://collaborateworship.com/digital-mixer-eq/ https://collaborateworship.com/digital-mixer-eq/#comments Tue, 26 Jan 2016 22:34:41 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=3442 Digital mixers use parametric equalizers – which is a god-send for those who are used to a graphic equalizer with an analog system. Parametric EQ allows for so much more flexibility. Considering it is one of the most popular digital mixers in churches today, I will use the Behringer X32 for all visuals in this...
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5 Tips for the Bivocational Worship Leader https://collaborateworship.com/bivocational-worship-leader/ https://collaborateworship.com/bivocational-worship-leader/#comments Tue, 19 Jan 2016 22:33:10 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=3364 If you lead worship and work another job, you are in good company.  Even the Apostle Paul was a bivocational ministry leader (see Acts 18).  I believe that Paul set an example for us to follow – working while serving in ministry is a good thing. Of course, I am not speaking bad of those...
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6 Ways to Become a Better Worship Leader https://collaborateworship.com/better-worship-leader/ https://collaborateworship.com/better-worship-leader/#comments Tue, 12 Jan 2016 21:32:44 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=3304 Continual improvement is a quality of every successful leader.  This explains why the phrase ‘leaders are readers’ is so popular.  And look at you, here reading this post, making this phrase ring true in your life as well. So, let’s discuss six ways to become a better worship leader. 1. Become a better mentor. It...
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Mentoring Young Worship Team Members https://collaborateworship.com/mentor/ https://collaborateworship.com/mentor/#comments Tue, 05 Jan 2016 21:54:08 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=3209 Having teenagers on the worship team has its ups and downs. The best part is their raw passion – they are excited about everything. However, this burning passion doesn’t always translate into a discipline to prepare. Several months ago, I brought on a young electric guitar player. He proved his skill during the audition but...
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Behringer X32 Review https://collaborateworship.com/behringer-x32-review/ https://collaborateworship.com/behringer-x32-review/#comments Tue, 29 Dec 2015 16:30:18 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=3147 When the Behringer X32 digital mixer first came out, I took one look at the price and just knew it had to be a hoax.  I have found Behringer equipment to be hit and miss when it comes to quality and I knew this one must be a miss. I dreamed about having a digital...
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Unstoppable God https://collaborateworship.com/unstoppable-god/ https://collaborateworship.com/unstoppable-god/#respond Tue, 15 Dec 2015 23:22:57 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=3065 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/unstoppable-god/feed/ 0 How to Get Away from Mid-Week Rehearsal https://collaborateworship.com/mid-week-rehearsal/ https://collaborateworship.com/mid-week-rehearsal/#comments Tue, 08 Dec 2015 23:05:33 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=3008 ​If you have worship team rehearsal every week, you are in great company. However, have you ever considered streamlining the rehearsal process so you do not have to have it every week? Our society is busy. Whether this is right or wrong, it is simply a fact that almost everyone on your worship team has...
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10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) https://collaborateworship.com/10000-reasons-bless-the-lord/ https://collaborateworship.com/10000-reasons-bless-the-lord/#respond Tue, 01 Dec 2015 17:32:28 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=2963 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/10000-reasons-bless-the-lord/feed/ 0 Is perfection required for powerful worship? https://collaborateworship.com/powerful-worship/ https://collaborateworship.com/powerful-worship/#comments Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:11:03 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=2929 This past Sunday we had a rough pre-service rehearsal. Probably the worst I have experienced in awhile. Our new drummer was having a hard time pulling it together and getting extremely frustrated as a result. It wasn’t that he hadn’t prepared. The problem was, our 3 songs were quite challenging, especially for a new drummer....
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Understanding Panning, Faders and Groups https://collaborateworship.com/panning-faders-groups/ https://collaborateworship.com/panning-faders-groups/#comments Tue, 17 Nov 2015 16:10:09 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=2892 Fully understanding all the knobs and buttons on your mixer will relieve a load of stress and enable you to quickly diagnose and solve problems that show up week-to-week. So, let’s examine panning, faders and groups. Panning Panning enables you to move a channel to either the left or right in your main mix. Keep...
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Putting Fear to Rest https://collaborateworship.com/anxious-for-nothing/ https://collaborateworship.com/anxious-for-nothing/#comments Wed, 11 Nov 2015 17:36:00 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=2858 Although this isn’t my normal how-to article, the truth I am about to share with you will change your life more than any skill I could ever teach. I believe the following story will encourage your faith and put to rest any fears that you may be struggling with in your own life. At age...
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A Quick Guide to Mixing Vocals for Worship https://collaborateworship.com/mixing-vocals/ https://collaborateworship.com/mixing-vocals/#comments Tue, 03 Nov 2015 22:25:20 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=2795 Mixing vocals is an art.  I have been in many services where you can hardly hear the lead vocal and others where the lead and background vocals are overwhelming the entire mix.  So, I have put together this short guide to help you navigate the troubled waters. First, set gain properly for each vocal. Good...
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Good Good Father https://collaborateworship.com/good-good-father/ https://collaborateworship.com/good-good-father/#respond Tue, 27 Oct 2015 21:52:46 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=2720 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/good-good-father/feed/ 0 4 Ways to Attract the Best Volunteers https://collaborateworship.com/attract-volunteers/ https://collaborateworship.com/attract-volunteers/#comments Tue, 27 Oct 2015 19:51:09 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=2712 In church, when a volunteer underperforms, we often write it off saying something like, “Well, it’s not like they are paid staff…they are just volunteers.” I have been in many leadership meetings where this is the ‘cop out’ to the problem at hand. After all, it is an easy statement to agree with. But, before...
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5 Engaging Worship Songs [2015] https://collaborateworship.com/engaging-worship-songs/ https://collaborateworship.com/engaging-worship-songs/#comments Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:55:54 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=2554 One of the most challenging things about leading worship is finding songs the congregation will engage with.  There is a slew of worship music to sort through, so I wanted to share a few songs really resonating at my church right now.  There are a few on the list you have probably heard of, but others you have...
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Switching to In-Ear Monitors on a Budget https://collaborateworship.com/in-ears/ https://collaborateworship.com/in-ears/#comments Tue, 06 Oct 2015 21:25:45 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=2477 Making the switch from floor wedges to in-ear monitors has major benefits: Stage noise is drastically decreased which in turn improves sound for the congregation. The band becomes ‘tighter’ because they can hear better. Each band member can have a unique mix where they are slightly louder than the rest of the band which fixes...
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Shepherd https://collaborateworship.com/shepherd/ https://collaborateworship.com/shepherd/#respond Thu, 01 Oct 2015 19:23:35 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=2443 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/shepherd/feed/ 0 4 Ways to Help Your Church Engage in Worship https://collaborateworship.com/connect-congregation/ https://collaborateworship.com/connect-congregation/#comments Tue, 29 Sep 2015 21:17:43 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=2416 It is easy to get in front of the church, go through the entire worship set, and never take time to connect with them on a deeper level. There are two problems with this: The congregation becomes spectators of the worship band instead of joining in. Newcomers feel disconnected and awkward about what is going...
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How to Use Your Analog Mixer’s EQ https://collaborateworship.com/how-to-use-your-mixers-eq/ https://collaborateworship.com/how-to-use-your-mixers-eq/#comments Tue, 08 Sep 2015 14:48:47 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=2318 If you are not quite sure how to effectively use EQ, I promise, you are not alone. EQ may seem like a simple concept, but as you may have found, it is quite the task to get it just right. But, before we get into how to use your mixer’s EQ, let’s first go over...
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Touch the Sky https://collaborateworship.com/touch-the-sky/ https://collaborateworship.com/touch-the-sky/#respond Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:20:49 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=2244 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/touch-the-sky/feed/ 0 How to Use Aux Sends for Monitor Mixes https://collaborateworship.com/aux-sends-monitor-mixes/ https://collaborateworship.com/aux-sends-monitor-mixes/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:16:49 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=2231 Each aux send on your mixer enables you to create a unique mix that is different from the main mix. This explains why aux sends are primarily used for monitor mixes. So, if you have four sets of aux sends, you can have four unique monitor mixes in addition to your main mix. So, let’s...
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Are You Helping Your Worship Team Grow Spiritually? https://collaborateworship.com/grow-spiritually/ https://collaborateworship.com/grow-spiritually/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:20:20 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=2180 At a recent Worship Leader Meetup in Tulsa, the main topic of conversation was something that is often overlooked – how are we, as worship leaders, helping our team grow spiritually? This question really made me examine my own self as a leader, and I realize that I have some growing to do in this area....
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This Is Our Time https://collaborateworship.com/this-is-our-time/ https://collaborateworship.com/this-is-our-time/#respond Tue, 18 Aug 2015 17:49:46 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=2121 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/this-is-our-time/feed/ 0 Anchor https://collaborateworship.com/anchor/ https://collaborateworship.com/anchor/#respond Tue, 11 Aug 2015 19:52:05 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=2080 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/anchor/feed/ 0 How to Get New Musicians (and keep them) https://collaborateworship.com/new-musicians/ https://collaborateworship.com/new-musicians/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 17:16:20 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=2067 As I meet with those who lead worship (especially those at smaller churches), I often get the question, “How have you been able to keep a full worship band over the years?” A Quick Story When I helped start a church plant 7 years ago, I started with a full band. There was about 20...
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Has worship become too complex? https://collaborateworship.com/simplicity/ https://collaborateworship.com/simplicity/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 17:28:28 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=2003 With all the technology available to us today, it is easy to keep adding and adding to what we do in worship each Sunday. All of the sudden, a 5-piece band is no longer enough so we add backing tracks…and then another keyboard player…and the vicious cycle begins. Do I have anything against backing tracks?...
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A Better Way to Measure Loudness https://collaborateworship.com/spl-meters/ https://collaborateworship.com/spl-meters/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:01:00 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1951 If you have been in church for very long, you have heard numerous complaints about the sound being too loud. However, it seems a small percentage of people are doing all the complaining. How do we know if their complaint is legitimate? This question often leads to the purchase of an SPL meter. What is...
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No Longer Slaves https://collaborateworship.com/no-longer-slaves/ https://collaborateworship.com/no-longer-slaves/#respond Wed, 22 Jul 2015 01:15:59 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1881 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/no-longer-slaves/feed/ 0 The Benefits of a Shorter Set List https://collaborateworship.com/set-list/ https://collaborateworship.com/set-list/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:10:04 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1870 I recently attended a night of worship and it made me think about the amount of songs in a worship set list. The band did about 9 songs that night and I found it to be a bit tiring by the end – and I wasn’t even part of the worship team.  If I felt this way...
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Alive https://collaborateworship.com/alive/ https://collaborateworship.com/alive/#respond Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:47:31 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1853 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/alive/feed/ 0 The Ultimate Guide for Choosing Audio Cables https://collaborateworship.com/audio-cables/ https://collaborateworship.com/audio-cables/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 21:52:38 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1818 Does your sound system buzz, hiss or make some other kind of unwanted noise?  The problem is most likely rooted in bad cables.  Regardless of how good your mixer, amps or speakers are, you will never get a good sound if you don’t have the right cables. Cables are generally an afterthought and get left...
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How to Deal with Criticism from the Congregation https://collaborateworship.com/criticism-congregation/ https://collaborateworship.com/criticism-congregation/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:52:21 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1808 It’s way too loud! Why don’t we sing the older songs more often? Are all these stage lights really necessary? I really hate worshiping in the dark (house lights off)…aren’t we people of the light?! If you have been leading worship for more than a few months, you have heard at least one (if not...
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Does Your Worship Team Lack Commitment? Here’s Why. https://collaborateworship.com/lack-commitment/ https://collaborateworship.com/lack-commitment/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:29:36 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1797 Do members on your worship team lack commitment? Maybe they show up late for practice, are consistently unprepared or cancel at the last minute. Whatever it is, an uncommitted team member is extremely frustrating. They tend to make the entire team inefficient and unproductive. It is easy to carry resentment towards those who seem uncommitted...
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Understanding Aux Sends on Your Mixer https://collaborateworship.com/aux-sends/ https://collaborateworship.com/aux-sends/#respond Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:51:15 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1793 Aux sends can be used for a variety of purposes, such as monitor mixes or signal processing (reverb, delay, compression, etc). Each aux send enables you to control the volume of a specific channel, creating a unique mix that is separate from the main mix. So, if you have four aux sends on your board,...
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This Is Living https://collaborateworship.com/this-is-living/ https://collaborateworship.com/this-is-living/#respond Tue, 23 Jun 2015 21:48:49 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1778 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/this-is-living/feed/ 0 Does a click track help or hinder worship? https://collaborateworship.com/click-track/ https://collaborateworship.com/click-track/#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2015 16:08:31 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1756 During my 8+ years of piano lessons, I found some moments to be enjoyable and others not-so-much. Especially when my piano teacher would pull out that darn metronome. I thought musicians were supposed to be creative, go-with-the-flow type of people…and was convinced that this nagging click could in no way make me a better musician....
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It Is Well https://collaborateworship.com/it-is-well/ https://collaborateworship.com/it-is-well/#respond Tue, 09 Jun 2015 21:11:53 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1735 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/it-is-well/feed/ 0 For the Worship Leader of a Small Church https://collaborateworship.com/worship-leader-small-church/ https://collaborateworship.com/worship-leader-small-church/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 15:28:14 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1722 Those who read my posts here on Collaborate Worship assume that I lead worship at a large church. However, our average attendance at NoLimits Church is around 90. I used to be intimidated by larger churches. I felt insecure around those who led a larger congregation, as if they were somehow more important, more skilled,...
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3 Ways to Improve Transitions Between Songs in Worship https://collaborateworship.com/transitions/ https://collaborateworship.com/transitions/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 15:22:50 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1710 This past Sunday, we practiced our song transitions just like we do during every other pre-service rehearsal, but somehow all the transitions went out the window during service.  Generally, we play through each transition three times to make sure we are all on the same page, but it was apparently not enough this time around. I...
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DIY Sound Absorbing Panels for Churches https://collaborateworship.com/diy-sound-absorbing-panels/ https://collaborateworship.com/diy-sound-absorbing-panels/#respond Wed, 27 May 2015 01:42:49 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1681 There is a good chance your church sanctuary was not built with sound absorption in mind.  Or, maybe you rent a gym, warehouse or some other type of building that is not sound-friendly.  Either way, sound absorbing panels will definitely improve the sound at your church. My church currently meets in a building that was...
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Rolls PM50S Personal Monitor Amp https://collaborateworship.com/rolls-pm50s/ https://collaborateworship.com/rolls-pm50s/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 19:56:38 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1624 I was ready to transition the band to in-ear monitors, but we did not have enough aux sends on our mixer for every musician to have their own personal mix.  I knew there had to be a low-cost solution, and after a bit of research I found this post: Low Cost In-ear Monitors.  I followed the...
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Wake https://collaborateworship.com/wake-hillsong/ https://collaborateworship.com/wake-hillsong/#respond Tue, 19 May 2015 19:15:40 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1610 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/wake-hillsong/feed/ 0 Is your worship team afraid to take time off? https://collaborateworship.com/time-off/ https://collaborateworship.com/time-off/#respond Tue, 19 May 2015 14:34:32 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1607 If you lead worship at a small church, there is a good chance you only have one musician for each instrument (if that).  So, if someone is sick or on vacation, you may experience a bit of anxiety on how to make up for the missing musician.  The anxiety then causes you to act out, giving...
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How to Set a Compressor for Vocals https://collaborateworship.com/set-compressor-vocals/ https://collaborateworship.com/set-compressor-vocals/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 15:37:54 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1586 Compression works wonders on vocals.  It allows you to bring them to the front of the mix while not having to worry about their ‘power note’ making everyone in the room cover their ears.  Before we get into the details of how to set a compressor, I want to first explain its purpose. A compressor...
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Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI https://collaborateworship.com/tech-21-sansamp-bass-driver-di/ https://collaborateworship.com/tech-21-sansamp-bass-driver-di/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 18:36:37 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1579 Our bass amp has an XLR out, but we struggled with two things: a buzz we could not get rid of without completely cutting the highs and inconsistency at the sound board when the bass player would turn the amp up and down. Running the bass through a normal direct box just doesn’t sound quite...
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How to Change the Key of an MP3 https://collaborateworship.com/change-key-mp3/ https://collaborateworship.com/change-key-mp3/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 15:00:34 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1574 I used to be afraid to deviate from the original key. After all, how would the musicians practice along with the track on their own? Then, I discovered a free tool that will transpose (change the key) of MP3s. Generally, I only change the key a half or whole step. Maybe the lead vocal can’t quite...
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Behringer MDX2600 Composer Pro-XL Compressor https://collaborateworship.com/behringer-mdx2600-composer-pro-xl-compressor/ https://collaborateworship.com/behringer-mdx2600-composer-pro-xl-compressor/#respond Tue, 28 Apr 2015 21:45:08 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1551 I tend to be a bit cautious when buying Behringer products, but this one was a pleasant surprise.  I was looking for a compressor to use on each vocalist, but didn’t have a lot of cash to work with.  The Behringer MDX2600 is a 2-channel compressor, so you are basically getting two compressors for just...
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Top 8 Things Every Church Keyboard Player Must Know https://collaborateworship.com/church-keyboard-player/ https://collaborateworship.com/church-keyboard-player/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 14:56:52 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1541 1. It’s okay to break free from the chord chart. It is common for church keyboard players to just play chord after chord after chord.  However, sometimes it is better to break away from the chord chart and play an arpeggiated pattern or some other type of sequence.  Keep in mind, this only works when there...
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Mighty Bright XtraFlex LED Music Light https://collaborateworship.com/mighty-bright-xtraflex-led-music-light-review/ https://collaborateworship.com/mighty-bright-xtraflex-led-music-light-review/#respond Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:34:17 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1532 My worship team went years without using a light on their music stand. But, we would always encounter a problem during special programs where a song starts during a blackout. Not sure why we waited so long, but these little lights have been very helpful. We run our room pretty dim during worship, so these...
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What to Do When the Worship Team Hates Your Song Choice https://collaborateworship.com/song-choice-hatred/ https://collaborateworship.com/song-choice-hatred/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:59:52 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1528 It has happened to almost every worship leader.  You find the most amazing song for the worship team to learn and are completely confident that they will love it too.  Then, you start noticing subtle comments during rehearsal and find out the team isn’t quite as excited as you thought they would be… This last week, I...
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Novation Impulse 61 MIDI Controller https://collaborateworship.com/novation-impulse-61-midi-controller/ https://collaborateworship.com/novation-impulse-61-midi-controller/#respond Tue, 14 Apr 2015 21:27:31 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1522 I have played piano since a very young age. I grew up taking lessons on a real piano, so never really did like the feel of a semi-weighted keyboard. But, when looking for a MIDI controller, I not only wanted fully-weighted keys, but a full control surface as well. Unfortunately, I was unable to find...
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Forever https://collaborateworship.com/forever/ https://collaborateworship.com/forever/#respond Tue, 14 Apr 2015 20:48:12 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1508 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/forever/feed/ 0 How to Set the Gain on Your Mixer https://collaborateworship.com/how-to-set-gain/ https://collaborateworship.com/how-to-set-gain/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 18:19:20 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1498 I have found that a majority of worship leaders and volunteer sound techs do not fully understand the purpose of that knob at the top of the sound board: gain (also called ‘trim’ or ‘level’).  They know that it affects the volume but aren’t quite sure how it is different than the fader at the...
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Father Will You Come https://collaborateworship.com/father-will-you-come/ https://collaborateworship.com/father-will-you-come/#respond Tue, 07 Apr 2015 21:47:21 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1482 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/father-will-you-come/feed/ 0 PRO HEX 5 – LED Par Light https://collaborateworship.com/pro-hex-5-led-par-light/ https://collaborateworship.com/pro-hex-5-led-par-light/#respond Tue, 07 Apr 2015 19:41:12 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1475 I was on the search for a professional grade LED par can on a small budget.  Then I found Stage Light Company.  I was excited to give them a shot considering their focus is on providing professional lighting to churches.  So, I ordered two and couldn’t be more pleased with the results. We replaced a couple of...
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How Can It Be https://collaborateworship.com/how-can-it-be/ https://collaborateworship.com/how-can-it-be/#respond Tue, 07 Apr 2015 17:28:29 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1458 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/how-can-it-be/feed/ 0 When It’s Okay to Change the Set List https://collaborateworship.com/change-set-list/ https://collaborateworship.com/change-set-list/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 14:36:05 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1453 Have you ever met someone who must, at all costs, stick to the plan?  Maybe you are one of those people…and well, I am one as well.  Once I plan the set list, it is quite the struggle to let go and make changes when the need arises. This last week, I didn’t have to change my plan...
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When You Walk Into the Room https://collaborateworship.com/when-you-walk-into-the-room/ https://collaborateworship.com/when-you-walk-into-the-room/#respond Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:14:58 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1396 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/when-you-walk-into-the-room/feed/ 0 MEElectronics Sport-Fi M6 In-Ear Headphones Review https://collaborateworship.com/meelectronics-sport-fi-m6-in-ear-headphones-review/ https://collaborateworship.com/meelectronics-sport-fi-m6-in-ear-headphones-review/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 20:02:07 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1389 I was on the search for inexpensive in-ear monitors to purchase for my worship team.  We were making the transition from traditional monitor wedges to in-ears and I didn’t have a huge budget to work with.  Then I found this post by ChurchMediaDesign.tv: Low Cost In-ear Monitors.  I was a bit skeptical about how inexpensive...
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How to Set EQ with iPhone Sound Frequency Analyzer https://collaborateworship.com/iphone-sound-frequency-analyzer/ https://collaborateworship.com/iphone-sound-frequency-analyzer/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:58:55 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1377 When you get EQ right, the end result is amazing.  You no longer have problems with feedback and you can run your sound at a higher volume without irritating people’s ears.  Actually, when someone says that the sound is too loud, it is generally just one part of the frequency spectrum that is too loud,...
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Great Are You Lord https://collaborateworship.com/great-are-you-lord/ https://collaborateworship.com/great-are-you-lord/#respond Tue, 17 Mar 2015 17:12:38 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1305 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/great-are-you-lord/feed/ 0 3 Skills Every Worship Leader Should Have https://collaborateworship.com/worship-leader-skills/ https://collaborateworship.com/worship-leader-skills/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:26:40 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1297 It requires an amazing amount of skill to be a worship leader. The world tends to view worship leading as a menial job that requires little effort, but we, as worship leaders, know better. Worship leaders are skilled as musicians, vocalists, team leaders, pastors, sound and lighting engineers, composers, planners, and the list goes on....
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We Believe https://collaborateworship.com/we-believe/ https://collaborateworship.com/we-believe/#respond Tue, 10 Mar 2015 21:35:49 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1238 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/we-believe/feed/ 0 Limitless https://collaborateworship.com/limitless/ https://collaborateworship.com/limitless/#respond Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:35:11 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1222 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/limitless/feed/ 0 You Make Me Brave https://collaborateworship.com/you-make-me-brave/ https://collaborateworship.com/you-make-me-brave/#respond Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:23:02 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1211 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/you-make-me-brave/feed/ 0 What You Need to Know About Chord Pro Charts https://collaborateworship.com/chord-pro-charts/ https://collaborateworship.com/chord-pro-charts/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:09:53 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1191 I spent many years creating chord charts the hard way. I would open up Adobe Illustrator and create amazing works of art, mimicking the style that Hillsong United used.  I love this format, especially since it is what I started with back in 2005. Everyone on my worship team liked format as well…all except for...
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DPA 4088 Headset Microphone Review https://collaborateworship.com/dpa-4088-headset-microphone/ https://collaborateworship.com/dpa-4088-headset-microphone/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:30:47 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1183 If you want your pastor to sound amazing, this is the microphone for you. We started off with one of the cheapest headset microphones you can buy and constantly struggled with feedback and the mic falling off the ear. So, I went on the search for a headset microphone that went around both ears and...
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Overwhelmed https://collaborateworship.com/overwhelmed/ https://collaborateworship.com/overwhelmed/#respond Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:36:47 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1170 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/overwhelmed/feed/ 0 How to Make Lead Vocals Sound Amazing https://collaborateworship.com/lead-vocal/ https://collaborateworship.com/lead-vocal/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:00:35 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=1160 I have been in many church worship services where you can hardly hear the lead vocal.  To tell you the truth, I have even led some of these services.  There are many causes to this problem, so let’s go through the chain of events so you can get your lead vocal sounding amazing. First, examine the source. This may seem obvious, but...
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Forever Yours https://collaborateworship.com/forever-fellowship-church/ https://collaborateworship.com/forever-fellowship-church/#respond Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:04:33 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=794 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/forever-fellowship-church/feed/ 0 Your Name Brings Healing to Me https://collaborateworship.com/name-brings-healing-planet-shakers/ https://collaborateworship.com/name-brings-healing-planet-shakers/#respond Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:56:08 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=790 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/name-brings-healing-planet-shakers/feed/ 0 Holy Spirit https://collaborateworship.com/holy-spirit-jesus-culture/ https://collaborateworship.com/holy-spirit-jesus-culture/#respond Tue, 27 May 2014 22:22:46 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=787 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/holy-spirit-jesus-culture/feed/ 0 The Anthem https://collaborateworship.com/the-anthem-planetshakers/ https://collaborateworship.com/the-anthem-planetshakers/#respond Mon, 19 May 2014 16:51:21 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=783 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/the-anthem-planetshakers/feed/ 0 Crown XTi Series Power Amplifier Review https://collaborateworship.com/crown-xti-series-power-amplifier/ https://collaborateworship.com/crown-xti-series-power-amplifier/#respond Fri, 16 May 2014 20:32:10 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=773 Crown XTi2 Series Amplifiers are reasonably priced and deliver everything you would expect. Not only do you get amazing, clean power, but plenty of built-in features to go along with it, including: crossover, equalizer, limiter, and more. What I like most is the ability to download Band Manager (free) onto a PC, hook up your...
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Praise Is Awaiting https://collaborateworship.com/praise-is-awaiting-the-school-of-worship/ https://collaborateworship.com/praise-is-awaiting-the-school-of-worship/#respond Mon, 12 May 2014 21:32:21 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=770 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/praise-is-awaiting-the-school-of-worship/feed/ 0 Fighting Insecurity as a Worship Leader https://collaborateworship.com/fighting-insecurity-worship-leader/ https://collaborateworship.com/fighting-insecurity-worship-leader/#comments Fri, 09 May 2014 21:54:12 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=762 When I first started leading worship, the compliments rolled in on a continual basis. After a year of leading worship at the same church, things changed. I found myself struggling with insecurity because no one seemed to be appreciating what I was doing anymore. At this point, some may be thinking, “Just suck it up....
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For the Cross https://collaborateworship.com/cross-bethel-music/ https://collaborateworship.com/cross-bethel-music/#respond Mon, 05 May 2014 19:03:32 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=758 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/cross-bethel-music/feed/ 0 Audix DP7 Drum Microphone Pack Review https://collaborateworship.com/audix-dp7-drum-microphone-pack/ https://collaborateworship.com/audix-dp7-drum-microphone-pack/#respond Wed, 30 Apr 2014 22:11:15 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=753 Although a bit on the pricy side, the Audix DP7 drum mics are absolutely amazing. When my church made the switch from electronic drums to the real deal, I decided to spend the extra cash for good drum mics. Let me tell you, I have not been disappointed! When it comes to sound equipment, you...
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Shores https://collaborateworship.com/shores-bryan-katie-torwalt/ https://collaborateworship.com/shores-bryan-katie-torwalt/#respond Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:59:41 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=701 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/shores-bryan-katie-torwalt/feed/ 0 How to Increase Productivity During Worship Team Practice https://collaborateworship.com/how-to-increase-productivity-during-worship-team-practice/ https://collaborateworship.com/how-to-increase-productivity-during-worship-team-practice/#comments Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:14:19 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=478 Don’t you love lengthy worship team rehearsals that accomplish almost nothing?  Yeah…me neither, but I have led a few.  We often think that length equals quality, but a short, productive rehearsal is much more beneficial. As worship leaders, it is our job to provide tools that will help our team learn songs quickly while expecting them...
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King of Glory https://collaborateworship.com/king-of-glory-jesus-culture/ https://collaborateworship.com/king-of-glory-jesus-culture/#respond Mon, 10 Dec 2012 16:11:29 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=472 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/king-of-glory-jesus-culture/feed/ 0 Does Your Worship Team Feel Appreciated? https://collaborateworship.com/does-your-team-feel-appreciated/ https://collaborateworship.com/does-your-team-feel-appreciated/#respond Mon, 10 Dec 2012 15:44:29 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=469 Have you ever noticed how easy it is to point out failures? On the flip side, it is so hard to spill out words of encouragement, pointing out the things that people do well. Why is this? As a worship leader, there are times when I will be listening to the band play during rehearsal,...
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Frustrated with your pastor? https://collaborateworship.com/frustrated-with-your-pastor/ https://collaborateworship.com/frustrated-with-your-pastor/#comments Mon, 03 Dec 2012 18:08:21 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=464 Although most of us wouldn’t admit it, every worship leader has been super-frustrated with their pastor at some point. You know…those times when your pastor doesn’t see eye-to-eye with you. Unfortunately, we are bound to disagree at some point – that’s just the beauty of being human. So, what’s the best way to settle a disagreement? Yep…I get...
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Where There Is Love https://collaborateworship.com/where-there-is-love/ https://collaborateworship.com/where-there-is-love/#respond Mon, 03 Dec 2012 17:33:48 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=459 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/where-there-is-love/feed/ 0 Christ In Me https://collaborateworship.com/christ-in-me-the-school-of-worship/ https://collaborateworship.com/christ-in-me-the-school-of-worship/#respond Mon, 26 Nov 2012 18:11:27 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=457 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/christ-in-me-the-school-of-worship/feed/ 0 The One Thing That Sets You Apart From Others https://collaborateworship.com/making-right-decisions/ https://collaborateworship.com/making-right-decisions/#respond Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:58:35 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=449 Have you ever found yourself hating your own life? When you think about, it is pretty funny that we even come to this place, considering we make our own decisions. But, so often, we make decisions only to please or impress other people, and that is exactly when we find ourself in an undesirable place....
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The Everlasting https://collaborateworship.com/the-everlasting-fellowship-church/ https://collaborateworship.com/the-everlasting-fellowship-church/#respond Mon, 05 Nov 2012 16:13:55 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=434 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/the-everlasting-fellowship-church/feed/ 0 How to Build an Amazing Worship Team https://collaborateworship.com/training-from-within/ https://collaborateworship.com/training-from-within/#comments Mon, 05 Nov 2012 15:47:24 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=426 A common problem in churches is finding those who are gifted as musicians. As a worship leader, you may find yourself wondering if you will ever have the team you need to get the job done with excellence. My encouragement to you is, you will. It takes consistence, so don’t give up. I will share...
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How to Get Along with the Tech Team https://collaborateworship.com/getting-along-with-the-tech-team/ https://collaborateworship.com/getting-along-with-the-tech-team/#comments Mon, 29 Oct 2012 19:38:28 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=421 It is common for the worship leader to secretly dislike the people who run the sound, lights, and lyrics. Actually, the feeling is often mutual. Is it even possible for the worship team to get along with the tech team? I sure hope so, considering they work so closely to each other. Lets take a look...
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Here and Now https://collaborateworship.com/here-and-now-eddie-kirkland/ https://collaborateworship.com/here-and-now-eddie-kirkland/#comments Mon, 29 Oct 2012 18:36:53 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=408 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/here-and-now-eddie-kirkland/feed/ 1 Why No One Wants to Rehearse https://collaborateworship.com/why-no-one-wants-to-rehearse/ https://collaborateworship.com/why-no-one-wants-to-rehearse/#comments Mon, 22 Oct 2012 17:01:54 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=395 As a worship leader, one of the most important things you can do is streamline rehearsal time. There is nothing more frustrating for a worship team than to go to practice after practice, and get nothing accomplished. In my late teenage years, I participated on a worship team as a vocalist. I can remember going...
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Escaping Ministry Burnout https://collaborateworship.com/escaping-ministry-burnout/ https://collaborateworship.com/escaping-ministry-burnout/#comments Mon, 30 Apr 2012 20:56:49 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=372 Sitting in front of the iMac, struggling with motivation, I found myself wondering why I was even alive. It was like one of those rainy days, when all you want to do is stay under the covers and keep your eyes closed. However, this rainy day lasted a week. I thought to myself, “How could...
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3 Ways to Eliminate Feedback During Worship https://collaborateworship.com/feedback-sucks/ https://collaborateworship.com/feedback-sucks/#comments Fri, 06 Apr 2012 22:20:13 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=359 So you find yourself in an intimate moment during worship, where song preferences, lighting effects, and out-of-tune vocals all seem to disappear, when all of a sudden, feedback (a.k.a ‘ringing mics’) comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Why does this happen, and how do you fix it? Let me share three techniques to help you...
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I Am Not the Same https://collaborateworship.com/i-am-not-the-same/ https://collaborateworship.com/i-am-not-the-same/#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2012 20:06:23 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=348 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/i-am-not-the-same/feed/ 0 How to Hook Up Your New Subwoofer https://collaborateworship.com/hooking-up-your-new-subwoofer/ https://collaborateworship.com/hooking-up-your-new-subwoofer/#respond Fri, 10 Feb 2012 22:52:35 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=333 In an earlier post, I talked about getting the right equipment for your new subwoofer. In this post I will go over a step by step process to hook up your new sub and sound equipment. Step 1 – Place your subs in the appropriate place. This can be a bit tricky to figure out,...
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The Equipment You Need to Add a Subwoofer https://collaborateworship.com/subwoofer-equipment/ https://collaborateworship.com/subwoofer-equipment/#respond Wed, 08 Feb 2012 23:03:49 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=317 So you finally convinced your pastor to add a subwoofer to your church sound system, and I congratulate you! Now you are probably searching the web, looking for the best gear in your price range. One of the most disappointing things that can happen in this process is for you to get a sub, hook...
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One Thing Remains https://collaborateworship.com/one-thing-remains-jesus-culture/ https://collaborateworship.com/one-thing-remains-jesus-culture/#respond Tue, 07 Feb 2012 19:24:59 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=296 Read More]]> https://collaborateworship.com/one-thing-remains-jesus-culture/feed/ 0 A Guide for Church Front Lighting https://collaborateworship.com/church-front-lighting/ https://collaborateworship.com/church-front-lighting/#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2012 23:38:13 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/?p=272 I spent many years confused and unaware of the proper way to use front lighting during worship. I didn’t know where to put the lighting fixtures, how bright they should be, or how many par cans I should use. I have since learned some techniques that I would love to share with you, in hopes...
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Does your church need a subwoofer? https://collaborateworship.com/does-my-church-sound-system-need-a-subwoofer/ https://collaborateworship.com/does-my-church-sound-system-need-a-subwoofer/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2012 03:56:18 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/test/?p=255 I have heard this question many times, and mainly from the older group of church leaders. For those who grew up without subwoofers, it seems like an unnecessary expense and way to much ‘noise’ for church. However, the younger generation knows that a ‘sub’ is absolutely necessary for quality sound, whether it be in church...
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3 Steps to Successfully Add New Worship Team Members https://collaborateworship.com/can-i-join-the-worship-team/ https://collaborateworship.com/can-i-join-the-worship-team/#comments Wed, 01 Feb 2012 04:58:19 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/test/?p=239 As worship leaders, we have all encountered those people who want to be on the worship team but don’t have what it takes to fulfill the commitment.  They may not realize that you have to practice every week, or they may not even be able to sing.  The challenge is how to handle this situation...
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4 Guidelines for Worship Team Dress Code https://collaborateworship.com/worship-team-dress-code/ https://collaborateworship.com/worship-team-dress-code/#comments Sat, 28 Jan 2012 02:22:50 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/test/?p=223 The Assumption: “Surely I won’t have to address cleavage and butt cracks on a worship team!” As a worship leader, you probably dread confronting dress code issues. So, you sit back and think to yourself, “Surely I won’t have to address cleavage and butt cracks on a worship team!” Well, if it hasn’t happened to...
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Sennheiser EW 135 G3 Wireless Microphone Review https://collaborateworship.com/sennheiser-ew-135-g3/ https://collaborateworship.com/sennheiser-ew-135-g3/#respond Wed, 25 Jan 2012 22:45:48 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/test/?p=217 A thick, bright, ‘cut through the mix’ type of wireless handheld mic. The Sennheiser EW 135 G3 is a cardioid wireless vocal microphone that can be used for males, females, lead vocals, and background vocals. Get it on Amazon Currently, every vocalist on my team uses a version of this mic (wireless and wired) –...
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Electro-Voice N/D767a Review https://collaborateworship.com/electro-voice-nd767a/ https://collaborateworship.com/electro-voice-nd767a/#respond Tue, 24 Jan 2012 23:24:09 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/test/?p=194 An extremely bright mic that lacks depth – perfect for vocals that sound muddy on other mics. The Electro-Voice N/D767a is a dynamic supercardioid microphone that was designed for lead vocals. When I was leading worship in a smaller auditorium (about 2000 sq. ft.), this mic worked great, on most vocals.  At the time, we had...
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Sennheiser e835 Microphone Review https://collaborateworship.com/sennheiser-e835/ https://collaborateworship.com/sennheiser-e835/#respond Tue, 24 Jan 2012 17:53:05 +0000 https://collaborateworship.com/test/?p=187 A thick, bright, ‘cut through the mix’ type of mic. The Sennheiser e835 is a cardioid vocal microphone that can be used for males, females, lead vocals, and background vocals. Currently, every vocalist on my team uses this mic – two females, and one male.  The sound that this mic produces is very thick, bright...
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