Got Questions?

question-mark2Ever wonder why Steve Chae always says “Clutch” or “Excellent”? Want to know why Ander only wears glasses on Sunday? Well here’s your chance!

I’d like to ask the readers of our blog to submit those burning questions you’d like to ask the Gracepoint Fellowship Church praise team. I’ll be periodically answering these questions the best I can so comment now!

Ander Chen
Acts2Fellowship Gold – Worship Leader

    • Wesley
    • May 4th, 2009

    Here’s one: Where does James buy all his cool black vertical striped shirts?

  1. Actually, I would like to know why Ander only wears glasses on Sundays …

  2. Are we talking about that “club” shirt? i do wonder how many shirts it takes to make it look like you aren’t wearing the same thing every other week..

    Here’s a question for James Oppa. Do you feel like you’re getting too old sometimes for things like NSWN? I’ve heard you say a few times that you can’t keep doing this forever but as you’re headed towards your mid 30s ever wonder how long you’re gonna rock out on stage? I still think you’ve got a good 10 years left… 10 years? Steven curtis chapman is 46 and he plays on stage with his son. Maybe in 16 years or something, you can do NSWN with Jesse! haha well, I saw this vid below and I thought “Wow these guys are getting old!!!! But they’re still cool.” 😀

    • Kevin Han
    • May 4th, 2009

    I know why Ander wears glasses on Sundays – on the stage, he can’t see the back screen to read the words! I think the first sunday he realized this, he tried to borrow someone’s glasses to sing… and then he gave up and tried looking at my chord sheets standing next to me – it’s just that he kept inching closer and closer until I thought I was gonna hit him with the head of the bass… It’s hard to read with all the markings, I guess.

    • Susan
    • May 5th, 2009

    glasses and praiseband… Lillian Chung (at GFC Austin) is another “I only wear glasses on Sundays” for the same reason. Actually, now that I think about it, she usually forgot her glasses… I guess she had all the words memorized then! Bravo for Lillian! =)

    • James
    • May 5th, 2009

    … if you must know… “The Men’s Warehouse”. The secret’s out.

    • Lawrence Wu
    • May 5th, 2009

    Question: how long does it take to normally prepare a praise set for a typical SWS?

    • Andrew
    • May 5th, 2009

    Question: How long does it take James to memorize the whole set? He always seems like he knows all the songs inside and out both musically and lyrically…

    • Wesley
    • May 5th, 2009

    Nice! They’re awesome, dressy and cool all in one.

    • tinar
    • May 5th, 2009

    Question: since we’re on the topic of time, how long do the musicians practice outside of practicing specifically for each set?

    • James
    • May 6th, 2009

    Soo pointed out that I only have one of those. The other one is brown, which is from Gap.

    …oh, and she also wanted to make it abundantly clear that I didn’t get them for myself… she got them both for me.

    • James
    • May 6th, 2009

    Honestly, I do feel like people might appreciate a younger person up there. It’s fun doing NSWN and such. And ministering to youth makes the feelings of being old and “not-in-tune-with-culture” just another part of my day, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

    But I’m good with it if people are engaging their hearts with God, you know?

    • James
    • May 6th, 2009

    Boy, it depends on the theme that I receive from Pastor Ed or whoever is speaking, or that I come up with from the DT or feel like our congregation is going through. Also depends on how long of a set that I need to choose.

    It’s really too hard to say, because there are too many variables. A 3 song set could take twice as long to finalize than a 5 song set, and vice versa. It depends on the logical flow from song to song, or what I’m going to say, if anything at all. If we want to read some Scripture, or just to lead people in a time of prayer.

    OK, so bottom line answer… about 10 minutes… just kidding.

    Maybe others who have done it before can chime in? KJ? Susan? Ander? Ben?

    • James
    • May 6th, 2009

    This one is easy…. I don’t.

    I’m familiar enough with most of the songs lyrically that I just need to glance up at the back projection to remind me what’s coming next. But playing a song on the guitar is pretty easy once you get used to the patterns of chord progressions. I got that partially from some music classes in college, but mostly from just playing a lot.

    But recently, I feel like I’ve been forgetting more… I think my brain needs more RAM or something…

  3. you make a good point. there are many younger ppl out there leading like they’re bon jovi or something… and it’s really hard to get engaged because you start wondering what the worship is about.. keep going james oppa, never retire!!

    • kevinjeung
    • May 6th, 2009

    Preparing praise sets has got to be one of my most favorite things! But like James said, it is really difficult to put a specific amount of time it takes to come up with a set.

    Personally, it takes on average an hour or 2, give or take some [minutes, not hours], depending on all the variables James listed out. Sometimes I can spend even longer, but more often than not it turns out to be a personal worship service, and that’s why it takes as long as it does. =)

  4. Honestly … not that much (certainly not as much as I would like to). I used to try and get in a couple of practice sessions every week at NL during the day (graduate student schedule flexibility is great!) but I haven’t been able to do that since school started getting a little more busy. But, hopefully that will change this summer! After all, the only way to get better is with deliberate practice. I’ve heard that one good way to get that practice in is to use your practice time to unwind at the end of a hard day of work/school – but in order to that, you’ll probably want access to an instrument at your apartment/house (guess I’ll have to find a keyboard!).

    • Anonymous Dancer at GFC
    • May 7th, 2009

    When are we going to incorporate more dance into the worship experience? It would be such a blessing! There are so many ways: modern dancers during special music, more “American Idol-esque” freestyling training for the singers so they aren’t so stiff, or even having some dedicated “back-up dancers” who can just be un-mic’ed (or have the volume turned down). C’mon, Willow Creek uses dance! And there’ll be dancing in heaven. Shouldn’t we be prepared for that? The time is now! By the way, don’t try to guess who this is, it will be waaay too difficult.

    • Anonymous commenter
    • May 8th, 2009

    Josh, I don’t know if our congregation is ready for that!

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    Just askin’…

  6. In addition to Anonymous GFC Dancer’s comment, I’m wondering when we’ll have different, oft overlooked instruments as part of praise?

    I know someone who’s itching to introduce the Melodica, Ukulele and Autoharp to praise. Well, not at the same time of course. Maybe just for a special music when we have the “back dancers” (as Koreans call them), what do you think?

    • Albert Youn
    • May 9th, 2009

    I try to get in at least 1 hour of practicing drums before each Sunday, sometime on Saturday. Ideally, I would like to practice an additional 1 hour on Wednesday (before the group practice). By spacing out practices, I can think about better ways to play through a song, and I can improve my coordination so that I won’t freeze up during any difficult fills when i’m playing on Sunday. Deliberate practice works!

    in addition to practice, i find it very important to have a proper attitude about playing through a praise set. it’s very helpful for me to pray on Saturday and Sunday morning for God to use me for his purposes, to help lead the congregation to praise Him, and for God to change people’s lives through the entire Sunday worship service. In live music, my ideal is to have the music slowly fade into the background of people’s minds, so that they can focus on praising and connecting with God through the songs.

  7. I do remember one Sunday when we had two violinists (John and Sheri) – that was a pretty cool experience. And didn’t we have a trumpet once? One thing that would be pretty cool would be to have a real cello for certain songs – I sometimes get to play keyboard cello, but a real one would be much cooler.

    But what I really would like to see is some awesome saxophone fills …

    • Lawrence Wu
    • May 10th, 2009

    Interesting, thanks James!

    I am so blessed my the praise team’s music week in and week out. I think that’s one of the things I’m going to miss once we move to the home worship service format…

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