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By Steve Young   Every January, over 60,000 people make their annual pilgrimage to Anaheim, California to attend The NAMM Show.  The National Association of Music Merchants was founded in 1901 as a retail association to serve music-related retailers, but has grown to an international organization that includes manufacturers, distributors, industry marketing firms and other affiliates.  Each year, […]

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Which Keyboard is Right for Me? by Steve Young     As a keyboard player, I’ve been asked this question many times over the years.  Having been asked yet again this week, I’ve decided to put together some thoughts regarding how to choose the right keyboard for you.  The landscape of available options has never […]

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We asked Joel Endicott to do a follow-up on using Apple’s MainStage.  He went above-and-beyond by creating a video tutorial that explores all of the basics for using MainStage in worship.  

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Why I Use MainStage Instead of a Synth by Joel Endicott   As a keyboard player, the sounds I use are very important to me, as well as how easily I can control them during a worship service.  Today’s modern keyboard synthesizers are incredibly powerful and sound fantastic.  So why do I use a $29.99 […]

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The Worship Lens

By Admin / Worship Theology / 08.03.15

by Max Murphy Our Theology of Worship has an impact on what we do in worship.  Our theology is a lens through which we see everything else: it is our “first-line” of sight that puts everything else into focus.  How does that lens relate to our choice of what styles and elements happen in worship? […]

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by Matthew Von Doran I once read an article in Guitar Player Magazine about guitarist Larry Carlton where Joni Mitchell was quoted as saying to him, “I like how you edit your playing.”  If you listen to Larry’s playing on Joni’s ‘Court & Spark’ album, you’ll notice how sparse & tasteful his parts truly are. He has […]

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Effective Rehearsals Part 3 of 3 In the world of professional music there are only 3 reasons why you would take a gig: It pays a lot of money It furthers your career and network It is FUN! While #1-2 don’t apply to most churches, the experience is a huge part of attracting and retaining […]

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The Importance of Structure In part 1 of our 3-part series on leading effective rehearsals, we examined the importance of time as it relates to our rehearsals. No matter how long we’ve been in leadership, we always need to refer back to the value of people’s time. Always! Now, the real meat of the matter is, […]

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  Effective Rehearsals. Part 1: TIME   As church leaders, the weekend is always approaching.  For some of us, we walk onto the platform every six days. For others, it’s every seven. Some of us even have mid-week service experiences.  Each of us spends a good deal of time in meetings each week, prepping music for the various services, making changes […]

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Our friend, Stephen Brewster, is Creative Arts Pastor at Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN.  He recently posted this on his own blog.  I found this to be extremely challenging.  Stephen was kind enough to allow us to make his post available here.   Creativity is a muscle. When we work it out, it gets stronger and […]