Archives For Clicks + Vocal Cues
If you are new at using loops in worship or maybe you have been using them for a while, you have probably noticed that there can be awkward moments between songs. Like when you hit the stop button and it kills all sounds everywhere and its just dead silent. Or the loop ends and you are trying to get into the next song that is in a different key. This post will give you just a couple ideas on how to improve your loop transitions.
As worship leaders we all want control. Control is the thing that keeps the band tight, the thing that keeps everyone on task. We strive for it and some of us are even chasing after it. When you have control how do you get to a point when you can give it away?
The past 6 months have been some of the craziest but most rewarding days of my life. My family and I have been in multiple places and I have led worship at serval different churches, youth groups and camps as well as doing some recording with my band In all things Love. In the beginning of July I moved my family to Wichita Kansas to become an associate worship pastor at Newspring Church. It has been a crazy journey to get here but I am extremely grateful to be at an amazing church and to see how God brought us here. Hopefully the worship leaders reading this post can resonate with where I am at since a lot of you have been in similar transitions or are currently transitioning.
When I started working at Newspring I had to give up control of triggering loops. I did not give up control because I had to but because it was what I needed to do to help focus my energy in other areas of our worship experience. This has allowed me as a leader to focus on engaging the people in our church and intentionally leading them in worship. This has given me a great perspective as a worship leader to think through transitions and become more of a producer of all the elements coming together. I cannot lie, it is something that was hard for me to let go of and it still kills me everytime it takes to long for whoever is controlling the click/loop to kill it or go on to the next song.
This has caused me to over communicate the direction of the song. One of the biggest lessons I am learning is about transitions between the elements in your services. Communication with your worship team is huge. If you can learn to communicate with each other it makes for a very smooth experience for everyone serving on your team.
I was able to give up control of this area of our worship experience because I took the time to teach someone else how it works and clearly communicate the transitions of the service. Maybe this is your week to teach someone else how to trigger your loops/click.
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I want to explore what a good transition is. I want to learn about what is working for other worship leaders and how you transition your band. You might be able to get through a song and everything went great but if the transition bombs it throws the whole mood of the experience. Sad to say but people get distracted very easily.
Just last week I was leading worship at our High school service and I had one of those awkward transition moments. You know the ones I’m talking about where it feels like an eternity before the song starts. Our band had just come out of a super seriours monologue skit and we were transitioning into How He Loves. The whole transition was depending on me because I was starting the lead part on electric. So the keys player started playing a nice pad sound(Compliments to Seeds Resource for the free reason patches) and I was ready to come in with my part and my guitar just wouldn’t work! Something happened with my pedal board and I had no sound (I’m sure you all have been in this position at one time or another). So I tried to signal the leader to start the song and he waits for a while and then BAM!!! My guitar regains its glorious tone filled sound and the awkward waiting transition is over. The only reason this was not a completely off the chain awkward moment is because the Keys where playing underneath the band while we transitioned into the next song.
You need to work very hard in your rehersal times to make the transitions great. I spend time each week making sure all our transitions make sense and flow together. If you have questions about transitions or have some great ideas on how you transition you band please leave a comment.