How has worship music changed?
How did we get to this point? What are the main changes in worship music over the last 50(!!) years?
- organ / piano => band
- instrument lead => vocal lead
- dependent on written music => creating arrangements together
- what else?
While this does not reflect the practice of Christian Worship everywhere, it does serve to characterise what most people would recognise as a “contemporary” style of worship compared to “traditional”.
At DBC, I hope we will continue to retain the rich heritage of worship music, as well as embrace the best from current writers.
Click to watch these 4 video clips…(just 1 video)
What differences do you notice?
What is common to the last 3 clips, but differs from the 1st?
- Role of instruments?
- Role of vocals?
- Congregation engagement?
What is lead instrument in clips 2, 3, 4?
What differences in congregation engagement did you spot?
- Clip 1: Organ leads, playing music as given; congregation sing well, if impassively
- Clip 2: Piano plays related accompaniment – but NOT the melody; clear lead vocal; congregation sing with dynamics following lead vocal (no visual of congregation)
- Clip 3: Band combines orchestral instruments with typical “rock band” make up; transitions smoothly from intro into drums/guitar driven song; again clear vocal lead; congregation sing, with (muted?) animation
- Clip4: Heavier rock band instrumentation for intro…Then what happens? – guitars pull back to leave space open for lead vocal; congregation sing and respond with enthusiastic animation!
All this means that a larger group of people should be…