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With Lyre, Harp... and a Flatpick: The Folk Musician at Worship
With Lyre Harp and a Flatpick The Folk Musician at Worship Author:Ed Gutfreund With Lyre, Harp... and a Flatpick The Folk Musician at Worship — by Ed Gutfreund — The combination of practical guidance and liturgical perspective offered in this book should prove valuable not only to the folk musicians who serve the Church's liturgical life, but also to other musicians, liturgists, celebrants, and even those who have reservatio... more »ns about "folk" music in public worship. Ed Gutfreund brings a background in music, in liturgy, and in training and guiding people for both.
LEADING THE CONGREGATION - Getting to know the congregation, how to get them to sing and respecting criticism.
THE PERFORMERS - Rehearsals, roles within the group. Teaching new songs, how much can people learn at one time. How big should the group be? Do the musicians pray too? Placement of the group, microphones and cooperating with the celebrant.
THE LITURGY - Plan ahead, evaluate, themes and choosing songs. Ennunciation and eye contact.
TECHNICAL - Instrument tunings, rhythm and speed, beginnings and endings of songs, harmony. Congregational participation and music with readings.
There is also a section for musical instruction. This includes technical information on hammering, chord progressions, bass runs, scales, improvisation and the wonders of "D-tuning".
Overall, an excellent book for someone who is interested in starting, leading, or improving a folk music group in christian worship. Very informative for beginner and experienced musicians alike.« less