Watch as Charmaine gives this worship vocalist a few tips and tricks on how to hit both low and high notes in the song “Cornerstone” by Hillsong… by mixing pharyngeal resonance into his tone. Enjoy!
When you’re a supporting vocalist as part of a worship team, your purpose isn’t to stand out… it’s to blend with the worship leader and the other voices, to create the sound of one voice. Blend is one of the most difficult things to do really well on a worship team, but one of the most fulfilling and beautiful things when you can do it! Here are some “do’s and don’ts” that you can start putting into practice as you’re singing on your worship team!
When it comes to vocal training, we hear the same things over and over. Warm up. Breathe properly. Practice daily. (I’m not saying we DO all these things… hence why we still need reminders about them—but… suffice it to say, they’re not “secrets.”) Some of you do all these things… and more. But you’re still frustrated with your voice. It still cracks and breaks. You’re still intimidated by high notes. Your voice still feels tired after you sing on Sunday mornings. I want to help.
In the worship world, there are a lot of differing opinions on how to go about choosing song keys. Personally, I’m a bit tired of hearing people say things like, “this is the reason our congregations aren’t singing”… “worship services are too much like a concert”… “the song keys aren’t congregationally friendly.” Here are eight questions you can ask yourself that will help guide you as you choose your song keys!
The concept of “online church” and livestreaming worship and sermons used to be reserved for the hip, youthful, tech-savvy (and usually larger) churches… but now it’s what everybody’s trying to figure out FAST! But if you think that “online church” is just a short-term thing… if you’re just hoping to survive through these next (hopefully) few weeks before things “go back to normal”… think again.
There are so many amazing songs to choose from for our Easter services… but what makes them EPIC can also make them a bit (or more than a bit?!) challenging to sing! High notes, low notes, octave jumps, wordy lyrics, songs that cover a huge amount of range… it’s enough to make our rehearsal times downright intimidating! So try out these 9 strategies as you practice—and hopefully you’ll experience more success (and less stress!) as you sing!