Worship Teams - Why More Is Less

You've probably heard the saying, "more is less, less is more." There is probably no better illustration of this than in a worship band.

If you've got to the point where you now have a good core group of musicians - keys, guitars, bass & drums - you may think that you've now arrived. But there's more to be done. The problem with a lot of musicians is that they can easily suffer from a dangerous spiritual disiease called ego. This is where everyone wants to tbe centre of attention. The "Look At Me Syndrome."

I'd be the first to admit that this is a colossal temptation for anyone who is talented above the average, especially when you get the opportunity to be up-front. And when you get a band full of egos, that's bad for the team, bad for the sound, and bad for the worship. A whole bunch of people playing full-on, as if they're the lead instrument, doesn't do anyone any good.

The reason the sound suffers goes back to the more is less thing. If everyone plays at full capacity, then the songs lose their impact, losing the dynamics that is a big factor in the power of music.

Every team member must approach team with the attitude that the song is more important that the musicians who are playing it. Ask the question: What's best for the song? From there we look at how we can make the song sound the best it can sound.

This means that some musicians need to take a back seat to allow others to shine. Not that the musicians should ever really be the focus of worship. That place is reserved for the Lord. But to help facilitate a distraction-free environment for worship, the team needs to work as a team and make the song of primary importance, not the individual.

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