Who believes in being prepared? Be a guaranteed guitar player who shows up to rehearse with your material locked down. Maybe even a few ideas to present to the team and how they can be executed perfectly. Here’s another thing to keep in mind: be ready for last minute change ups. Key changes, extended bars, different song leader, etc. It’s a great thing to be prepared for. It’s not a great feeling having the rug pulled out from under you and you are expected to catch yourself while your arms are full of your expectations you walked in with.
As I’ve mentioned before in a previous blog, practicing before practice is a tremendous method to get hooked to. Having your parts and effects down with nothing else to do at your worship team’s practice but gel your instrument with the rest of the band.
How simple and easy does that sound? Imagine Legos (This just came to mind as I’m typing this out, don’t judge!), a Stars Wars set and you’re constructing a Millennium Falcon set. You get to that last piece that came in the set and add it in to complete your model. You look around to see if anything was left over and every piece has been used. The goal is reached. Every Lego was made at the factory, prepared to create this one thing. As a musician, that’s our job.
Come prepared, ready. You’ve been given a gift, a responsibility that you might have prayed hard and longed for. Now you have it and your duty is to grow and help build the Kingdom of God.
So it is with you. Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church. -1 Corinthians 14:12 NIV
Before a stage, lights, or event. It starts with you. Your relationship with Christ, your practice at home and your readiness for your worship team. For some it maybe a huge sacrifice to find time, but in the end the reward of seeing hearts surrender to God in praise is simply, glorious.
TIP: Build a strong relationship with your worship leader/pastor. It’s great to be on the same page and like minded. Ask for possible new songs the team will be doing, chords, setlists, things to help you with your personal preparations.
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