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worship team rehearsal

Question:
what is your usual "schedule" in worship team rehearsals?
after determining that our practices were unstructured and unorganized i came up with this agenda to go by.
7:00
- Prayer
- 30 minutes for the vocals to warm up and work on an area such as
tone, breathing, improving range, etc...
- 30 minutes for the instruments to tune and work on clean playing, riffs, or anything that pertains to their area of worship.
7:30
- Practice the list of songs that are laid out.
8:00
- Break
8:10
- Practice the set list for the next worship and also any offeratory songs that need work.
8:50
- A time of prayer together to fill ourselves with the Spirit.
9:00
- Go home.
Answer:
Practice for my worship team:
6:30 call for instrumentalists to tune and get ready so we don't waste time.
7:00 singers come and rehersal starts. The sound guy gets all the levels right and then we go through the songs at least twice and then we go through them again with the transistions for Sunday.
Sometimes we'll go through another song, usually a new one
otherwise we are done around 9/9:15.
It seems the way you have it, unless I'm reading it wrong, you have only a good half an hour to practice the songs for sunday together. I really don't think that the singers or the instrumentalists need half an hour to warm up and practice singing and chord riffs. Do it all together, then you'll know what it sounds like. Singers should be able to get their parts relatively easy, worship music is not hard. It seems in your way of being structured, the rehersal time has gone down. Do you need a ten minute break after only 30 minutes of real practice? If someone was complaining about rehersal being too long, well, too bad for them, they'll have to endure it. You could use those extra ten minutes for practice, not for fooling around or getting a drink, have them bring water to rehersal. The instruments could quick tune between songs if they needed to.
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You need to realize that the worship team that i lead is all youth. They seem to lose focus and start getting sloppy after alot of practicing. We catch onto songs very quickly together but there are some individual things that need to be worked on that can be accomplished throughout that 30 minute start time so we don't waste time trying to find notes and such in the middle of our actual rehearsal. By not having a one long session but rather a few seperated sessions, it gives them a sense of accomplishment in other areas than just playing a song together with the team. If it doesn't work out, it doesnt work out and i'll change the schedule but i feel this is a good start.
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Ah, I understand now, though it would have been useful to have said thatyou lead youth in the beginning. It it hard to get them to even come to rehersal, that's true. Now I know why your schedule is the way that it is. I lead youth also.
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Hmm....Ours, I guess, isn't so musically based.
6:00 - 7ish - Open in prayer. Talk about our chapters we've read from our current book (ATM, its "The Heart of Worship Files"). We really share our hearts and challenge eachother to grow.
7ish - 7:45 - Work on new songs
7:45 - 8:15 - Work on the next Sundays service.
8:15 - 8:30 - Pray and go home (well...play ping-pong, then go home)
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Ours:
Thursday night, 7pm...everyone arrives and gets themselves organized and ready to go.
Around 7:15 we'll have a quick prayer and then dive into the set list of about 5 or 6 songs.
We'll work on each tune for as long as it needs for everyone to be comfortable with it; I'll cover the instrumentalists and the basic arrangement and my wife covers the vocalists and their harmonies.
We'll also go over song transitions, key changes, and any area that may be a potential for "improv": a prayer, Scripture, a solo, 'free worship', etc...I like to have a general outline of the songs and flow but I do not like to program God out of the set so I'll generally say at those moments, "Be ready for x, y or z".
Around 8:45 to 9pm we'll finish and head home.
We meet again on Sunday morning at 9am and do a quick run through, ending at around 9:30.
Also, I email the team the song list before Thursday night's rehearsal and will either distribute CD's or post a song online if it's something that I think they'll need to hear before playing.
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We start rehearsal with a prayer at 7:00 PM on Wednesday nights. Instruments are expected to be tuned and warmed up prior to that. We go through each song once, stopping to work out any issues and talking through transitions. Then we go through the set once more, exactly as it will be on Sunday. About once per month, the choir and band will do the first run through seperately in order to work on new songs or parts.
Sunday mornings we meet at 10:00 for a run-through. Our service starts at 11:15.
I post audio and charts to a Web page at least one week prior to needing it for a rehearsal - sometimes much more in advance. Any additional instructions are handled via e-mail or our group website. This has worked well for us and we usually get out of Wednesday practice (after closing with prayer) by 9:00. It does require a certain level of individual ability on the part of your team to do it that way, as well as the initiative to learn parts at home. But it gets easier all the time...
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We're supposed to start at 6:00 on our practice night.
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Sadly, our church is still on the "show up and practice for 30 mins before the service" schedule. At the moment though, all our guitar players have left the church, so all we have is piano, bass, three singers, and a drummer (me). I hope soon we can get some guitar players and have a decent practice schedule on a different day too.
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Here's our schedule:
5:30 - Arrive, setup, tune
6:00 - Prayer
6:05 - Vocalists go to another room to work with worship leader on vocals, harmonies, etc.
6:05 - I work with the band on the songs, mainly working on dynamics, punches, intro's outro's, high praise endings, etc.
6:45 - Vocalists & Band work on the songs together and clean up the little details.
7:30 - Entire team does bible study, journals, testimonies
8:00 - Closing prayer, then free for all jam
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Our rehearsal starts at 6:30ish with a word of prayer. Then until around 7:30 we work on the individual songs for the week - beginnings, endings, harmonies, transitions, etc. Then we usually take a 10 to 15 minute break which often means the singers go chat and the band jams. When we come back we go through the set with the transitions just as though it were Sunday morning.
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Originally Posted by ClayBitner Sadly, our church is still on the "show up and practice for 30 mins before the service" schedule. At the moment though, all our guitar players have left the church, so all we have is piano, bass, three singers, and a drummer (me). I hope soon we can get some guitar players and have a decent practice schedule on a different day too.
I used to lead singing at another church that my wife and I were members of. It was getting to where I was "flying by the seat of my pants" and almost making up the song service waiting to the service to start.
That's not a very smart way to do it.
We had a situation a few weeks ago where we had to come in Sunday morning and our warm up/Sunday morning rehearsal was all we had for the week. The Lord blessed that day and we got thru the song service even though all the practice we had for the week (as a group) was that morning.
It worked out fine, but I didn't like doing it that way. You have my utmost respect for being able to do so every week.
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Originally Posted by ClayBitner Sadly, our church is still on the "show up and practice for 30 mins before the service" schedule. At the moment though, all our guitar players have left the church, so all we have is piano, bass, three singers, and a drummer (me). I hope soon we can get some guitar players and have a decent practice schedule on a different day too.
what church do you go to?
i play bass for my church worship bad, we only play about once a month. but the leader of the band only tells us like a week ahead of time, and we have one practice before sunday and only do the songs once, then sometimes once before church on sunday once. Its ridiculous, i mean i simply do the notes to the chords on bass, nothing fancy, no scales, so i can play along with pretty much no practice, but for the other guitarist he needs practice. And the leader never really does anything to help that along, both of us have been tempted to quit.
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Our worship leader emails us the setlist around Tuesday/Wednesday (with attached mp3s when necessary) and we all listen and practice on our own until Friday when we have practice from 8 P.M until we feel like we have finished what needs to be accomplished. We're usually out of there by 10.
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Originally Posted by Kenny C. Our worship leader emails us the setlist around Tuesday/Wednesday (with attached mp3s when necessary) and we all listen and practice on our own until Friday when we have practice from 8 P.M until we feel like we have finished what needs to be accomplished. We're usually out of there by 10.
That's how we sorta do it. Once in a while we even get a chart. But (and maybe y'all have had this experience also) there's always somebody who couldn't get the email or doesn't check their email often enough.
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