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VOCALS ARRANGED TO ENHANCE CONGREGATIONAL SINGING “GREAT ARE YOU LORD” FOR VOCALISTS | Grant Norsworthy Are you still singing “Great Are You Lord” with the leading vocal team, these are the five main Now let’s hit the vocal teaching video of me your congregation? I am, and I hope you are issues that need consideration. Make the right working with my Nashville band’s singers on too. It’s a beautiful song, infinitely singable and choices here and the congregation are far more “Great Are You Lord”. We discuss more fully a powerful declaration of God’s greatness that likely to sing. Make the wrong choices here and the five items listed above and give positive and congre-gations everywhere are resonating with they will struggle. negative singing examples as we go. Enjoy! deeply. Even though it was released back in 2013, there are good reasons why “Great Are 1. KEY CHOICE You Lord” (as I write this) is still comfortably Does the melody of the song fall within a within CCLI’s top 10 at number 3. comfortable register for as high a proportion of the congregation as possible? If you haven’t added this song to your repertoire yet, I thoroughly recommend that you do. The 2. CONSOLIDATE THE MELODY videos in this, the previous, and future articles Are all the leading, mic’ed vocalists interpreting in this series will help! If “Great Are You Lord” the melody in the same way? is al-ready in your repertoire, please read (and watch) on. The suggestions here might help 3. UNIFY THE VOCAL STYLE you give the song some extra “legs” as you lead Do we have one, cohesive style of singing? These videos are part of a larger collection. The your congregation to sing as an expression of worship to God. In WMs July issue - using “Great Are You Lord” series has been produced in partnership with 4. HARMONY VOCALS Integrity Music and We Are Worship with the Are the harmony vocals solid? When should aim of helping regular, weekend-warrior Church they be used? When shouldn’t they? bands craft a version of “Great Are You Lord” as the example song - I shared some thoughts that is as congregation-friendly as possible. about the musical director’s choices. Following 5. SPONTANEOUS SINGING that theme - and again using “Great Are You Does Lord” as the example song - we’re now moving spontaneous, prayerful vocalizations? Will our to the leading vocalists and how we can more congrega-tion respond well to that? the song offer Stay tuned for more instalments in this series opportunities for warmly invite the congregation to sing with us rather than listen to us perform for them. in future issues. “Great Are You Lord” Words & Music by David Leonard, Jason Ingram, Leslie Before we get into the nitty-gritty vocal teaching Jordan (© 2012 Integrity’s Allelu-ia! Music) video, check out this full band rendition of As we prepare songs with which we plan to lead “Great Are You Lord”. Listen to how the a regular church congregation, I encouraged us vocals are arranged and supported by the all to resist the “cover band” urge. We should instrumentation. not be trying to mimic our favorite artist’s version. In-stead, I strongly believe that we Grant Norsworthy founder of MoreThanMusicMentor.com providing training for worshipping musicians. MoreThanMusicMentor.com should very intentionally craft our version of the song that works for us, in our situation with a very definite, musical goal of inviting our congregation to sing. For me, when it comes to musically directing 64 September 2019 Subscribe for Free...