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Over the past few weeks I’ve had the opportunity to spend some time with some really great mentors and friends.  One major theme that kept coming up in conversation is the need for a musician to spend time working on their craft.  There are no shortcuts to becoming better at your craft; be it singing, guitar, piano, or banjo.

I’m always looking to improve my main instruments (guitar and vocals) but my efforts have been passive at best.  I’ve decided to hold my feet to the fire and in so doing here are 3 things I will be mindful of:

Regular Practice

You won’t see any appreciable growth in your musicianship if you don’t commit to daily rehearsal.  I’m not talking about just playing on your instrument, I mean a concerted effort for at least a half hour a day.  This is a big one for me as I have to constantly be looking for challenging techniques and material to work through.  If you’re getting started on guitar may I suggest these chords as a place to start?

Personal Training

As I mentioned above, the challenge for us as musicians is to find those techniques that are just a little bit beyond our ability to play.  An instructor/mentor is vitally important to help you move forward.  They can spot bad habits in your musicianship that you won’t see.  They can also lay a path out for you to get you from where you are now to where you want to be.  Always be looking for the right person to take you under their wing.

Metronome

If there was a single piece of equipment that should be with you constantly it is the metronome.  I often tell my students that 10 minutes with a metronome will yield better results that an hour without.  My worship team also adopted using a metronome during services and I can unequivocally say that each team member has become a stronger musician because of it.

Whatever you do, do it today.

Here’s the set!

Here’s the set!

We had a great time in Elevate this week!  The crowd was engaged and the team was on point.  The middle song was “It is You” which is another original.  Thank you for the feedback!

We closed out the prophecy conference this morning.  As always, there was a great group of people singing out to the King.

We began the service with Crowder’s (or is it The Digital Age?) After all (Holy) and went in to “Power of Your Love” and “Higher” by Worth Dying For.  We closed the set with one of our originals “Have Your Way.”