Lessons from Leading Praise: Know the Song pt 2

Here is a story contributed by our David Lee, our Gracepoint Fellowship Church, Austin worship leader.homer_doh

“…as I lead the austin band, there was one sunday where john lin was leading and we were getting ready to do our closing song which was a new one. During invitation time one of his students comes to the front and he goes to pray with him. P.manny then tells everyone that we’d be closing w/ a final song. John is still praying and ppl are looking at me waiting for me to start the song. I’m standing there with my guitar and start strumming the intro when I realize that I forgot how the song goes; so I stop, walk over to dom and ask him how the song goes and he gives me a blank stare as if to say “ur on ur own”. Finally, john walks to the front and we resume after much laughter. Luckily henry wasn’t recording.”

    • Dom
    • June 26th, 2009

    It was classic – too bad it wasn’t recorded.

    • richl
    • July 1st, 2009

    Del, guess when you forget words you can always look at the screen, but when you forget how a song goes, you can’t do anything, huh? 🙂

    • peter
    • September 21st, 2010

    As embarrassing as it is, it does happen. One way to avoid it is to write a small note at the top of the lead sheet (or a sticky note attached to the guitar) with the relative note values of the first bar or two – this has saved me once or twice.

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