Worship Leaders, this one’s for you. If you already dumped some resolutions, time to add a new one in – MEMORIZE! I am a firm believer that a lack of music stands on the church platform is a good thing. It looks cleaner and less cluttered. However, that’s not the main reason by a long shot. The fact is that you really don’t know a song until you’ve internalized it. It’s easy – especially for trained musicians – to put in just enough effort to do a passable job, perhaps even to the point that the average person would not know the difference. But a passable job is not what God asks of us…

The team looks to you for their direction, and – to give it – you have to know where you’re going. To start, know what key you’re in. Then build the memorization process into how you practice. I suggest that you chart out the structure of the song – for example, “intro verse chorus verse chorus chorus bridge chorus.” Once you have that in place, work on memorizing the key riffs and chord progressions, section by section, eventually building until you have the whole song.

Notice that this is a process. That means that you will have to practice more than once. Set aside some time daily, even if it’s just a few minutes – the repetition is much more effective than trying to jam it all in your brain in one marathon sitting. A bit each day will help it to stick- get busy.

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