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Keyboard Tutorial Videos

In case you haven’t noticed, we are developing a resources section here at our Gracepoint Worship blog. For those of you who have been bummed that there’s no keyboard MYT this summer, we are publishing our own keyboard tutorial videos, made by our very own Dominic! He’s currently serving as our keyboardist at Gracepoint Fellowship Church Austin, Gracepoint Berkeley’s sister church. Here’s the fourth installment of the series. Check out the Resources Page for more videos!

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Tutorial: Where the Love Lasts Forever – Hillsong United

Here is Mike from the Gracepoint Fellowship Church Berkeley Worship Team teaching Where the Love Lasts Forever by Hillsong United.

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Tutorial: Mighty to Save – Hillsong United

Short electric guitar tutorial by Gracepoint Fellowship Church’s Worship Team on how to play Mighty to Save by Hillsong United

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MYT 2009: Want to learn guitar? bass? electric?

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    Tutorial: From the Inside Out – Hillsong United

    Want to learn how to play From the Inside Out by Hillsong United on the electric guitar? Well our electric guitarist here at Gracepoint Fellowship Church, Mike put together a short tutorial to show you how, enjoy!

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    Dominic Maestro

    Dominic Mutto is our main keyboardist and veteran worship team member over at our Gracepoint Austin church in Texas. He was asked to put together an “Easter Orchestra” to play something special at their Easter Service.  I don’t know how many of you actually look for orchestral pieces, but believe me, it’s not easy, and it’s not cheap.  Additionally challenging is to find something given the parts of the orchestra that you have to work with.  Who knows when you’ll get stuck with a tuba, a piccolo, an electric guitar, a xylophone, and an accordion, and then have to put on an Easter orchestra?

    Well, this isn’t quite that extreme.  But he did have some constraints to work within.  So he composed his own arrangement several songs, stringed together in a medley.  When I heard this, I was blown away.  I just wanted to share this with all of you.

    He recorded it in Logic Pro, to hear what it was supposed to sound like.  And for the actual Easter Service, had how it actually went recorded.  Here are both of them.

    Logic Pro Recording:

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    Actual GFC Austin Recording:

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    Gracepoint Berkeley SWS Team Monthly Training

    Starting today, we’re having monthly training for those involved with the SWS Worship Team.  Basically, as we grow and have a heart to do domestic and foreign church plants, each of those teams need musicians to lead the worship times wherever we go.  The idea behind these training times is to set aside at least one time a month when people are getting trained by the veterans in each part.  

    For each session, the section lead will teach the people attending to do what they know how to do. So the level of training will really depend on who attends to be trained.  The training sessions will be at 8:30pm on the Thursday before the first Sunday of the month.  (So, in the case when the first Sunday is falls on the 1st, 2nd or 3rd day of the month, the training will happen on the last Thursday of the previous month… Yes, a bit confusing, but works out better logistically for our rotations and such.)

    I’m posting this because I want to open this up to anybody currently serving in one of our worship teams at Gracepoint Fellowship Church in Berkeley and San Francisco.  So if you are a student and are way ahead in your studies, or not a student and have some extra time, then please find your way to our 2000 North Loop building in Alameda during these times to get trained!

    James Kim
    Gracepoint Fellowship Church – Worship Director

    Over the Years: New Student Welcome Night

    The new school year at Cal is right around the corner.  For us, that translates into getting geared up and preparing for the biggest event of Gracepoint Fellowship Church‘s college department calendar: New Student Welcome Night (NSWN).  

    As I was talking with Jason Tarn yesterday, we realized that this upcoming NSWN will mark the 10th year that I’ve done the music for the event.  My first time was when I was a 4th year at Cal.  In terms of the music I don’t remember that much.  I do remember that I had both my guitars (fender strat and a Taylor 614ce) that night, and that I broke strings on both the guitars during the praise set.  Boy, was I nervous…

    That was in 2050 VLSB (Valley Life Sciences Building), kind of a “home” for me since that was the first place I led worship for our college department Bible studies.  We’ve since moved to Wheeler, and now Pauley Ballroom for this year.  And every year, it’s such a wonderful time to see so many young students coming to find out about our group, taking the opportunity to hear the message of the gospel, many for the first time.  It could even be their first step toward crossing the line of faith. 

    I went over to Jeannie Lee’s office to share with her the realization that a decade has gone by, and I’m still doing NSWN. (Patrick and Jeannie Lee were the senior class directors when I was a senior way back when.) We laughed and joked about how old we’re getting…

    After 10 years, we laugh. Another 10 years, we’ll cry…

    C’mon, you vocalists. We need to raise up worship leaders. <sigh>

    James Kim
    Gracepoint Fellowship Church – Worship Director

    Modus Operandi

    Austin, TXSome have been asking me if I feel down about so many of our current band members moving to Texas to start our Austin church.  My feelings are quite the contrary.  Yes, I’m losing valuable worship team members, and that might create more work for me here to raise up others to continue on. But I’m so proud of all the people who decided to go, and particuarly thankful and relieved that so many of them are currently serving on our worship team.  It follows right along with our heart and vision in terms of training up.

    Those of us in our band who have the responsibility of training know that one of the main objectives is to provide a worship team for our church plants, foreign and domestic.  We need to train somebody to either go and fill that role, or to replace us here so that we can go. That’s the way we do things here.

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    I’ll go ahead and list out the potential worship team roster that I foresee out there:

    Lead: David Lee
    Vocals: Lillian Chung
    Guitars: Ben Kim**
    Keyboards: Dominic Mutto, Joyce Lee*
    Bass: Isaac Kim
    Drums: Maurice Chung**

    * aka. Mrs. David Lee.  We should make them share a mic…
    ** played a little before, so I’m guessing will be compelled by the Holy Spirit or Pastor Manny to step up.

    Quite a lineup, no?  Let’s continue to pray for jobs for all the people who committed to go out there to be our Gracepoint Fellowship Church – Austin!

    Summer Training

    For four Thursdays in July (10, 17, 24 and 31) we’ll be having focused training for our current worship team members and trainees. This will assume that the participants have solid fundamentals of their respective instruments. 

    The instructors will compile a list of songs that we currently and/or frequently do at a typical event (Sunday Worship Service, Gracepoint Monthly, large group Bible study, etc.).  We’ll divide into sections for the first three weeks, when the instructors for each instrument will demonstrate and teach how they play each song.  For the last session, we’ll all get together with a full setup and go through the songs, giving everybody a chance to play with other instruments.

    The location and specific times are still TBD.  All current worship team members and trainees are required to participate.