Ear Training Articles

There’s a good chance, that if you’ve been involved in music much for the last few years, you’ve probably gotten some sort of catalog from Disc Makers. I know I’ve gotten a ton of them, and they’re always fun to look at. While they do want to sell you on their services, the also do a lot of helpful things for us musicians. One of those things is the writing and collecting of good articles for musicians...

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Creativity the missing piece(s) – Part 2 – Remove the Filter

A while back…ok, quite a while back I started writing a bit about using a creative team to plan worship services. (If you missed that article check it out here.) Well, here we are back in the saddle again. This topic among discussions of creativity is probably one of the most important and yet, one of the most overlooked. 1.) Stop saying no to ideas that don’t fit your paradigm. How many times have you shot down and idea...

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Christian Songwriter’s Network

I just  came across this amazing resource yesterday, and absolutely must share it with you. As we’ve been going through the book “God songs” by Jimmy & Carol Owens & Paul Baloche on our podcast, this resource is extremely useful. There are a ton of great resources on the site, like songwriting tools links; songwriting resources; artist resources; etc. By far, the thing I am loving the best is the forum. They...

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Sweet Resource – Resound Worship

I came upon this awesome resource this week. RESOUNDworship.org is an exciting free resource for churches worldwide. Our aim is to provide local churches with fresh worship songs containing strong, Biblical lyrics supported by singable, contemporary music. RESOUNDworship.org is a group of British based worship songwriters, seeking to resource the church with heartfelt, crafted, accessible worship songs. It’s a really great...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0052 – God Songs

If you missed last weeks’ podcast, I’d highly recommend you go check it out here. In this week’s episode, David and Kevin continue their discussion on songwriting through the book “God Songs.” We are having a great time talking about this book and I’d strongly recommend you pick up a copy of the book and go through it with us! We’re going to be going through the book God Songs by Paul Baloche...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0051 – God Songs – Songwriting

If you missed last weeks’ podcast, I’d highly recommend you go check it out here. In this week’s episode, David and Kevin continue their discussion on songwriting through the book “God Songs.” We are having a great time talking about this book and I’d strongly recommend you pick up a copy of the book and go through it with us! We’re going to be going through the book God Songs by Paul Baloche...

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Songwriting – God Songs

Kevin and I have been going through the book “God Songs” by Jimmy & Carol Owens on the Worship Ministry Catalyst podcast. We both love writing songs, and we want to get better at it, so we decided to go through the book on our podcast. If you’re a songwriter, or you just want to know more about the process of writing a song, check out the...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0050 – God Songs

If you missed last weeks’ podcast, I’d highly recommend you go check it out here. In this week’s episode, David and Kevin continue their discussion on songwriting through the book “God Songs.” We are having a great time talking about this book and I’d strongly recommend you pick up a copy of the book and go through it with us! We’re going to be going through the book God Songs by Paul Baloche...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0049 – God Songs

If you missed last weeks’ podcast, I’d highly recommend you go check it out here. In this week’s episode, David and Kevin continue their discussion on songwriting through the book “God Songs.” I’d strongly recommend you pick up a copy of the book and go through it with us! We’re going to be going through the book God Songs by Paul Baloche & Jimmy & Carol Owens. (If you click on the...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0048 – God Songs

If you missed last weeks’ podcast, I’d highly recommend you go check it out here. In this week’s episode, David and Kevin continue their discussion on songwriting through the book “God Songs.” I’d strongly recommend you pick up a copy of the book and go through it with us! We’re going to be going through the book God Songs by Paul Baloche & Jimmy & Carol Owens. (If you click on the...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0047 – God Songs

If you missed last weeks’ podcast, I’d highly recommend you go check it out here. In this week’s episode, David and Kevin continue their discussion on songwriting through the book “God Songs.” This week, we’re finishing up the first chapter, I’d strongly recommend you pick up a copy of the book and go through it with us! We’re going to be going through the book God Songs by Paul Baloche...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0046 – God Songs

Well, I have to admit, I’m very excited about this podcast. The topic we’re starting to talk about this week is one that is huge for me. It’s something I’ve been interested in since I was a teenager, and was in fact my first real passion in music. That is the art of songwriting. It is most definitely an art and a craft, one that I’m very passionate about. Kevin & I have been talking about doing a...

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What has Idol taught you this year?

I don’t have any evidence to back this up, but I have a theory. A Senior Pastor once told me that people cling to the music of their youth. In other words, if someone has an emotional connection to a song when they’re young, they’ll likely become attached to that song and to other songs that are in that style and even the style itself. This is one possible answer to why some of the older people you know might cling...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0032 – Acoustic Guitar Workshop Part 2 (of 2)

In this episode of the Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast, David and Kevin are joined once again by the venerable John Ross to finish up our two part Acoustic Guitar Workshop. We dig a little deeper this week as we talk about the “dynamics” of playing with a band. John gives us some very practical and extremely helpful advice for what acoustic guitarists can do when they’re playing with a band, and also gives worship...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0031 – Acoustic Guitar Workshop – Part 1 (of 2)

In this week’s episode, David and Kevin are joined the the venerable John Ross. John is an Associate pastor at Pearl Church, in the Pearl District in Downtown Portland, OR. In this first part of a two part series, John covers some of the basics of the Acoustic guitar. It’s not only insightful for those of you who are aspiring to be guitarists, but it is insightful for worship leaders who are wanting to know how to talk...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0028 – Time management and Rehearsal Preparation

In this week’s episode, David & Kevin talk about Time management and particularly how it relates to being prepared for rehearsals and other events. We talk about some of the struggles in getting prepared and some of the things we can do to be more prepared. This is a very important issue, one that can really add to or take away from our volunteers experience. If we’re prepared, we really set the stage for them to feel...

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