Pro’s / Con’s of the Worship Leader Triggering the Loop?
Lets start with some pros to the worship leader triggering the loop. Many people have asked me, “Why do you want to trigger the loops? Don’t you have enough going through your head?”. Well yeah, you’re right – but on the same hand I think God has gifted worship leaders in this way to process all this stuff at the same time. Think about this: When I am leading the weekend services, I have spent my whole week thinking about the flow of the set, each arrangement and how everything is going to come together. I’ve specifically built or purchased a loop for the arrangement I am using. Having the worship leader trigger the loop gives him the ability to kill the loop and click if you get off and he is usually the first person that knows the band is off. But on the other hand, it could it be distracting to the CHURCH when the worship leader is trying to stomp his foot at just the right time to trigger the next part of the loop and then he accidentally triggered it early and then has to kill it. Or take this for instance: Lets say you just ended a song and you read a scripture verse and then you pour out your heart before the people about what God is teaching you and you can just feel the presence of the Lord. Then you shut your bible and go to hit the button for the loop and it didn’t work! So you press it again and still no loop… finally the third time it goes. Yeah that happened to me a couple weeks ago. So yes there are down sides to the worship leader triggering the loop because it can be very distracting to both the leader and congregation.
Pro’s / Con’s of Having Someone Else in the Band Trigger the Loop?
Having someone else in the band trigger the loop can have great advantages. This is a very non-distracting way to run a click and a loop. You can have everything all set up for the drummer or keys player to just hit the button at the right time. Another “pro” of having the worship leader run the loops is that no one knows the flow of a song / set better than the worship leader. It forces the worship leader to be prepared ahead of time as well – arrangements are clearly thought out, as well as transition points. There are some disadvantages to having someone other than the worship leader trigger the loops. If the band get’s of the click, the drummer or keys player may not kill it because they don’t have a free hand or don’t notice it. Then your band may keep playing and fighting against a loop that is a measure ahead. This can cause great confusion and distract from the worship experience. The learning curve is a big disadvantage to having someone else trigger the loop. It takes time to get use to triggering each part of the song and when you don’t have that much time during your rehearsal, you need to spend your time wisely. I suggest if you want to have someone else in the band trigger the loops start out by having them trigger the click during a service when your not using loops so they can get a feel for doing multiple things during the worship set. You may also want to meet with them ahead of time during the week to practice.
These are just some ideas. If you have any questions or comments, let’s continue the conversation on the blog. Comment below!