Youth Celebration Night, May 26th 2007
quick question for you! so i read one of your blogs saying that you used to be a worship leader, i too am a worship leader and i kind of need your help/advice. when you lead worship, how did you focus on God? i try to, but it’s hard for me to focus on Him because i’m too busy concentrating on playing the piano or trying to match my tempo with the other band members, etc. help? thanks in advance!
I’m still learning here, but this is exactly one of the things I teach during praise practice and seminars.
First of all, practice the heck out of your instrument. It’s not just to sound awesome (though that helps), but so you can get it down to second nature. Unlike a regular old band, your last priority is chords and keys and tempo. The better you know your music, the less you have to worry about it. This will help with focusing on the most important priorities for praise.
Now the “focus” part: Most good praise songs will have two elements: Story and Imagery. Inevitably this leads to Response.This is why the best praise songs read like the Book of Psalms — you’ll see Story, Imagery, and then David’s (or the psalm writer’s) Response.