Serving on a worship team is a privilege and an honor. It takes both talent and heart. One thing it doesn’t take is laziness. Now, I’m not saying we’re lazy and not pulling our weight or putting in time to learn our parts. That’s in another post. HA! Love you guys!
Anyway, I’m talking about our tracks that we play with. Many teams play with backing tracks to add a little depth and texture to fill up the songs, or maybe that lead guitar part because the guitarist decided to sleep late. These tracks can be a great addition to our worship gatherings but I feel like we can lean on them a bit too much. I am to blame too, so I’m preaching to the choir here. At least at our church, we play with click tracks and cues so much that when we have a song that we aren’t using tracks, sometimes we drummers are dragging or rushing tempos. Maybe we even forget the mapping of a song because the little click track lady isn’t in our ear saying, "BRIDGE 2-3-4."
I want to challenge you to work on your timing. Try this trick: start a metronome and slap a tabletop or your leg on the 2 & 4 count just like you would in a typical 4/4 groove. Then, mute the metronome while it keeps going and try to keep that 2 & 4 on beat even though you can’t hear the click for a bar or two. Then bring the metronome volume back in and see if you’re on the beat or even close. This is an excellent exercise to work on your internal clock.
Another way is to listen to a song that you know in a room on some speakers, then walk out of the room or away from the music far enough that you can’t hear it. Keep singing or keep the groove going in your head, then walk back in and see if you’re still with the song. I do this all the time without even thinking about it and it helps me.
It’s all in the internal clock. We need to be just as solid without clicks and tracks as we are when we have them. Be the best that you can be and go calibrate your clock!