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A Reflection on Psalm 107 – God has saved…

Original reflection from Psalm 107 on 4/2/09.  Take a moment to read and reflect on how God has saved us.  Read Psalm 107 for yourself as well.

I need to give thanks to God because his love never ends.  Because I have been set free I must sing it to the world.  My oppression did not last a lifetime because God was looking for me, searching me out.  He had better plans for me.

4-I wandered for years in desperate search for meaning but I couldn’t make sense of life.  I was starving for someone to tell me the truth.  To show me something good.  And it was so long I was becoming numb and I was walking near the line of exhaustion.  I was desperate enough to take my own life.

But I called out to God.  And just when things were becoming much worse, God heard my call, and just in the right time, He swooped down and rescued me.  He put my feet on a wonderful path. One that led to joy and happiness.  One that led to understanding how God created everything and God is our reason to live with a smile.  My heart sings out a song, a new song.  One filled with joy and I am thankful for Gods marvelous love.  I no longer thirst and I am no longer hungry.  God feeds my soul and sustains my life with hope.  The one thing I was so lacking before.

10- I was locked in a dark cell and confined behind bars of hatred and an inability to really love.  I turned my back on God and did not care that what I was doing was destructive to myself and to others around me.  My heart was heavy and my songs were testimony of that.  It didn’t seem like there was anyone around to help me out. No one seemed to know the answers to the questions I was asking. But I called out to God and just at the right time, He cleared my vision and gave me the answers I was looking for. So I sing out thanks for his wonderful love.  Because of His mercy, my songs never end now.  The chains that held me captive were broken like glass.  Those prison bars were snapped like matchsticks.

17- I felt sick inside because I chose to live my own life of sin.  I really thought that there was no reason to live.  I couldn’t see any point to going on.  And I blamed everyone else around me.  And they couldn’t explain it away.  But God spoke into my life and just in the nick of time, He pulled me back from the looming death call.  So now I sing out a new song, full of gratitude to Him.  When I sing those songs I feel them rising from a grateful heart to a holy God.  Its like no other feeling in the world.  So I’ll keep singing them so the world can see; so they can see that God is true and God is good.

23 – I took a journey on my own.  I set sail on the ship called discovery, thinking that I could do my own business.  Thinking I could have it all my own way.  Not giving thought towards God or trying to live with integrity.  But when the wind and storms blew strong in my life, I blamed God and held grudges against people around me who tried to help.  I thought that I knew it all and that God was so cruel and pointless in His actions.  But when the bottom dropped out and I began to sink for sure, I called out to God.  I pleaded for answers and I asked for forgiveness.  I asked for help from the Almighty.  And just then, He quieted the wind to a whisper and muzzled the waves of the sea of hatred.  He took me safely back to harbor.  So now when all the people assemble, I lift high the songs of praise and shout hallelujah for I have been rescued from death

33 – God turned wasteland into fresh pools of water and dry ground sprung up with living waters.  He changed my sickness into health.  Now I reap a harvest of good things like family and friends and success.  Now, when I prosper, I have to thank God and know that He has brought me far out of a deep hole.  Abuse, evil and trouble have all been put behind me.  I now have a safe place to live.  I now have a reason to live; and when I think about it, I have hundreds of reasons to live.  I sing out with my life to the Eternal God, the one who saved me and I am grateful that He did not leave me alone, dying and hopeless.  He retrieved me and set me free to live in a good place.  And now I sing songs of praise.

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New Members Area at 8chords100songs.com

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New Song: New Life Has Come

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What strumming patterns to use on new songs?

QUESTION:
I’ve been playing guitar for seven months now. How do I know which strumming patterns to use on other songs that aren’t in your 8chords100songs booklet? Do I just listen to the song and guess or what do I do? Thanks for the support! I love your program! It really helped me with the music theory and just guitar overall. Thanks again. – Online student 

ANSWER:

Listen to the song and most of the time, you are going to use  pattern 6 with some variation of accents and possibly a flip on the chord changes. 

Sometimes a simple quarter note strum will do as well.

When a strumming pattern in a song sound very syncopated or difficult, you can usually get to that point by starting with pattern 6 all 8th notes down and then add what is needed.

Get to know pattern 15 as well, it shows up a lot in songs.

Hope this helps!
Eric Roberts

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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In 2010, there were 22 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 42 posts. There were 52 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 9mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was January 12th with 560 views. The most popular post that day was Free Downloads.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were angelfire.com, 8chords100songs.com, mail.yahoo.com, learnworshipguitar.net, and mail.live.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for electric guitar, electric guitars, the god i know chords, hymns, and electric guitar pictures.

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Learn moveable chords

First, memorize the names of the frets on the top low e string.  The open string is e and it moves up in half steps from there just like a piano. 

Here it is
E f f# g g# a a# b c c# d d# e

Notice no sharps between e-f and b-c. 

Take a look at a piano keyboard for clarity.

Once you memorize this order you will be able to play power chords and moveable chords all up and down the neck.  I wl upload a simple chord diagram to show the shapes.

2 Free Christmas Song Sheets

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Simple approach to mix training for worship teams

First, you should have an idea of what you want as the worship/band leader.  Make a cd of about 5

Mix Training is Important!

songs that you currently do at church or want to do.  Pick songs from the top artists and songs that reflect what you want your band to sound like!  In other words, if you don’t have an electric guitar player, do not use Lincoln Brewster songs for your mix training.

Set up a lap top/cd player and a good set of stereo speakers in a room (do not use the sanctuary sound system at this time)   Have the sound techs and the worship band (if they are into it) get together around the stereo.  Try to get the best set of speakers you can.  Don’t use little computer speakers if you can avoid it.  You could have this meeting at a team members house with a great home stereo system.

Pass out paper.  Start listening to each song.  Have them write what they hear, levels, mix, instruments and anything else that jumps out at them.   Have them write it all down!

After the 5 songs are over, talk about each one.  Go back and listen and analyze what’s going on in the mix.  What makes the song  sound great, what they like about it, what they don’t like.  Talk about it all.

Put in your input and talk about how to make your mix on Sunday more like the radio mixes.  Most times, church mixes are bad because of the sound tech.  It is important to have a sound tech that is highly involved in the music.  It isn’t necessary that they are a musician, just that they have a passion for GREAT sound and great music!  You do not need a tech that’s just interested in pushing buttons and watching lights on the sound board.  This will get you by but will never produce pleasing results.

At the end, give your techs a CD of the songs and have them continue to listen on different system: in the car, in the sanctuary, on their computer…. Keep them listening to and involved in your idea of a great mix and use the pro mixes to demonstrate and encourage this type of mixing.

All great sound starts with the simple source material and then grows into an excellent mix that becomes great inspiring worship music.   In order for this to happen, you must engage your techs in this type of training.  Just think, you practice for hours each week on the music but most never spend the time to really tweak the mix.

I see my sound tech as a part of the band!   Practice and communication are key for a tight  sound team.  I have used this exercise and it helps all involved!  Let me know how your session goes.

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Tech Series: Setting Gain Part 1

To be an effective worship leader/guitar player/team leader, you must understand every aspect of all systems in play on your team.  Why wait for a highly trained and dedicated team to do it for you?  Plus, you may be up there someday and have to train someone to set a gain.  You can’t make beautiful music if your meters are causing DISTORTION!   As a serious musician or musician in training, you should know how to set a good GAIN structure on all of your equipment.

First, you have to understand the RED on your meter is not GOOD!   Red on a meter is telling you that you are overloading that channel.  The result in all gear is a distorted signal.  In new digital equipment, the distortion is nasty.  In an old guitar amp with tubes, distortion or overloading may sound like cool distortion…. on a GUITAR.  But if you are mixing the band or trying to get a clean perfect signal, it all starts with gain.

A continuous peak sounds nasty and will ruin your acoustic guitar tone and anything else it happens to.

Here is the easiest way to set it on your mixing board.  And remember, this is the first step in achieving GREAT clean sound and running your church sound system properly.

RULE: When setting gain, you want to be as high as you can on the gain without EVER peaking to RED.   Leave a bit of room on top to make sure you will not peak.

For Acoustic/Electric Guitar

  1. Put that gain at 0 and the channel fader at 0
  2. Plug in your mic or guitar
  3. Start playing your guitar at its loudest setting.  For acoustic guitars with build in pre-amps, set the guitar at about 75% on the volume.  For electrics, put in on your loudest patch. If you are using a multiFX pedal like a POD, you must set all your tone channels to the same basic volume and know which ones you will use for leads, rhythms etc.  This is a touchy setting and it takes some time.  Go through each patch and make sure they are all the same volume to your ear.
  4. While you play your guitar, set the gain on the mixing board until it is just under red at your absolute loudest strum.  Most people set gain at rehearsals and never realize that during a performance, they will strum louder due to adrenaline and the rush of the live performance.  So during a sound check, really get on it and play as loud as you may actually play live.

For Vocals

  1. Put that gain at 0 and the channel fader at 0
  2. Plug in the mic and begin talking
  3. Begin slowly moving the gain up until you get signal
  4. The sing loudly with loud peaks or say “check”
  5. Continue to set gain so you are high on the green but NEVER peak red
  6. Make sure the person singing is right ON the mic.  Pretty much touching the mic with their lips and they are giving you their performance voice as loud as they will be at their loudest with good peaks.
  7. Then, set the gain with some good head room and NO RED.  Head room is a term used to refer to the room above GREEN before you hit RED.  This leaves room for occasional peaks above GREEN without hitting RED.

Headroom or HeadRoom may refer to:

  • Headroom, in digital audio signal processing, the difference between the nominal signal value and the maximum undistorted value

Here is an example of headroom.  This is a graphic of what you will see on your mixing board gain meter.  You should be seeting your level in the upper GREEN during most of the playing.  It’s OK to be down in the GREEN on soft playing or singing, but try to aim for Upper GREEN- Middle YELLOW and NEVER going into RED.

 

No Meter…. Just PEAK LIGHTS

For systems without a true meter.  You will have an OVERLOAD light or PEAK light that turns or blinks RED during an overload. These are simple to set.  Just start playing/singing and turn the GAIN up until it peaks, then back it down just a little.  Test your loudest to make sure there is no peak in red.  If you see RED, back it down a bit more.  Just a little at a time until you can play/sing your loud parts with no PEAK and NO RED!

Now you know how to set GAIN on a mixer and your audio equipment.  The goal is the get the highest GAIN without PEAK!

Good luck!   Comment below for any questions!