Point of Difference: Chordsheets

Jonathan Chou (Berkeley Koinonia Staff, and our main bassist) went with his classmates to visit Gracepoint Fellowship Church, Austin last October.  For the Sunday that he would be absent, I asked Kevin Han (Berkeley City College Koinonia Lead, and our bassist in training) to cover for him.  I must say he did a fine job.  But aside from expressing how impressed I was at his playing, I want to demonstrate the manifestation of his commitment (or perhaps anxiety…) by showing his chordsheets that he used for that Sunday.

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Now, I can imagine that most of you seeing this might just respond by thinking, “Wow, that’s a lot of markings…” And for many of our newer worship team members, you might be thinking, “I never make that many marks and notes…”  BUT, for those of us who have been around a while, and have seen the chordsheets of our current and previous “bassists”, this is quite remarkable.

I showed this to one of our electric guitarists (who requested to remain anonymous) and said, “What a difference, huh? I don’t remember Isaac’s chordsheets ever looking like this…” to which the anonymous electric guitarist replied, “Isaac?… what chordsheets?”

Point of Difference: Chordsheets

  • Kevin thoroughly marks his…
  • Jon doesn’t need his…
  • Isaac could never find his…

Alas, the bassists in our lives that we’ve grown to love.  Which has the best method? YOU make the call!

James Kim
Gracepoint Fellowship Church – Worship Director

    • Hartie
    • December 4th, 2008

    haha. My chordsheet looks kind of like that! Except Kevin’s is nicely organized and orderly, probably because he’s an architect. As for me, there will be times when there is no better way to describe it than my chordsheet just looks like a disaster, really messy, kind of like if a tornado ran through it… to which point, sometimes I can’t really read what I wrote and I’ll have no idea what I’m looking at either!

    • Dom
    • December 4th, 2008

    So true….

    • gina
    • December 4th, 2008

    those are some mighty fine chord sheets there. heh. 🙂

    • del
    • December 10th, 2008

    hahahaha. thank you for sharing. hilarious.

    • su
    • December 12th, 2008

    If we were all musical genius like Jon and didn’t need chordsheets, I would vote for his method… But, how sad, that isn’t the case. But, maybe one day, we’ll all go without chordsheets, like Lincoln Brewster’s band, AND even be able to play in the dark!

    • janice
    • December 20th, 2008

    to isaac’s credit, when he does have his chordsheets, there ARE some marks… but alas, they are often not decipher-able (even to himself)… like a squiggly line or something very minimal… 🙂

    • debbie
    • January 29th, 2009

    my suspicion is that isaac’s chordsheets were probably wherever his bass guitar was… 🙂

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