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Feeling Time

Jared Taylor —  October 20, 2014 — Leave a comment

Tele Time

It’s hard to overstate the importance of time in music. On a macro level, time is about tempo: how fast or slow is a song and are we following it. But on the micro level, we can talk about something called “time feel”: the subtle way musicians interpret time as they subdivide beats.

Subdividing beats simply means dividing larger beats into smaller beats. Whole notes can be divided into half notes, then quarters, eighths, sixteenths, thirty-secondths and so on. Mathematically speaking, these subdivisions are very simple to place on a grid. But human beings subdivide beats in our heads, we don’t always do it with flawless mathematical exactness. Subtly and often unconsciously, we push and pull certain beats in a pattern that is repeatable, but hard to deconstruct. Continue Reading…

When it Clicks

Jared Taylor —  October 16, 2014 — Leave a comment

96-bpm

My first guitar teacher and I lasted six months before I broke it off. I wasn’t being challenged, and felt I was learning more from guitar magazines than the guy we were paying every week. If you know me, this will make sense–I needed to know I was learning the correct way. I needed assurance that we were starting from the beginning and taking all the right steps. So we did a bit of homework, bought a classical guitar and a footrest, and I started up with one of the best guitar teachers in the region.

I’ll never forget my first and sixth lessons. My sixth lesson was thirty minutes dedicated to proper nail-filing technique. But my first lesson was my first time using a metronome. We used the metronome ALL THE TIME. It was ticking when I came into the lesson, it was ticking when I left, it ticked in the background while my teacher gave me feedback. The constant ticking was enough to drive you mad, but you know how they say there’s a fine line between madness and genius?

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  1. Take lengthy pauses between songs. Say nothing for extra effect while staring at the drummer displeasingly!
  2. Modulate, modulate, modulate!
  3. Keep your eyes fixed on the music stand. At all times. Do not look away.
  4. Always emulate Mariah Carey or Christina Aguilera in your singing approach. The more syllables, the better-yeah-yeah-ooooooh-errrr.
  5. Never practice together as a band before Sunday morning. Your collective talent is a gift from God that should not require any human striving.
  6. When in doubt, sing slightly off key. It’s helpful for the congregation.
  7. Clap. Even in slow songs. Yes Lord!
  8. Forget the words – and often. Make up new ones as the Spirit leads. In every song.
  9. Pick a key that is in the perfect range for your voice. Being the worship leader and all, you’ve earned it. Making sure that your voice sounds AWESOME is the most important part of leading people in worship.
  10. Practice your worship face. Make it pleasing to the Lord. (Ok this might be crossing a line, but I think it’s hilarious. Check out #WorshipFaceWednesday on Instagram)