the formula

August 20, 2007 at 2:00 pm | Posted in church music | Leave a comment

after a few years of playing a song for church every-other-week, we’ve settled into a bit of a formula (not that I think it’s a bad thing). something like so:

short instrumental intro (usually ½ verse)

first verse starts relatively laid back, usually just 1 voice and guitar. usually halfway through 1st verse the other instruments (and voice(s), if available) join in. sometimes the others wait until the 2nd verse or chorus.

middle verses pretty much straightforward. sometimes voices alternate taking melody and harmony. sometimes instruments will alter styles a little for verses (for example, I’ll strum on the mandolin on one, and then pick out some notes on another).

often we’ll have an instrumental break after the 3rd verse or so, usually ½ verse or chorus.

for the last verse it goes back to relatively laid back like the first verse. then at the end, either halfway through the verse or for the final chorus, back to full strength to finish with a flourish. sometimes repeat the chorus again, but not often.

the end is usually a small touch of instrumental outro.

of course it all depends on the song at hand, but that’s usually about it.

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