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Postby jochanaan » Tue Apr 08, 2008 1:35 pm

It sounds like this guy's okay, J-M. You may just need to say, "Could you take the hymns a little slower?" Or, if you know how to direct with your hands, do so.

And I suspect his quartet would never have allowed him to lead them. After all, they're trained pros too. :shock: 8)

What I've found in my musical experience is that it's the second-tier players and singers who don't take criticism well; they see it as a denial of their real abilities. The really great ones are so comfortable in their abilities that they see suggestions about music as just that, not as put-downs. Especially if you put it as a request: "Could you do me a favor and..." That puts your relationship on a cooperative basis; it makes you two a community of musicians, not adversaries. :) There are exceptions, but not many. 8)
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Postby Jon-Marc » Wed Apr 09, 2008 11:05 am

I do use my hands, Joch but he plays at the speed he wants, and I can't keep up. I've never been one who knows how to properly give criticism any more than I can take it. I'll have to give it a try anyway. As it is I think I offended someone. Up until now they have had a couple who stand up there but don't use their hands to lead. When the pastor asked me Sunday if I wanted to lead by myself or have them up there with me--I said that I prefer to lead alone. When you have a qualified song leader, why is it necessary to have others up there? I'm not what could be called a "music director" since my knowledge of music is limited, but I can lead congregational singing and use both hands to do it. The couple just stand there and sing, and not very loudly; I sing LOUD when I'm leading so that they can hear me. I've found that the congregation won't sing any louder than I do--so I give it all I've got. If they can hear themselves, then they feel that others can also and usually don't want to be heard.
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