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Old 01-18-2015, 06:39 AM
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Oh. Its not hard work. It only takes me about 15 minutes to set up our sound system every weekend. We've got roughly 60 songs to pick from now. Every week we pick 5 songs to play at service on Saturday. We get together Friday night and set up the sound system including drums to make sure the balance is right. Then we run through the song list once to practice. Before service on Saturday we run through the list again.

Its great to see the people out now to participate. Used to be on average 5-10 people there. Now we average 40-50. Its great.
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YIKES! Nerves are starting to hit me this week with the band. We've now been playing since march last year every weekend and it's been great. But that is always at the same place, same crowd. No big deal, right?

That all changes on Friday. We've been invited to play a variety show/concert in the city. Three songs. Ten minutes. In and out. It's a benefit concert with other groups also performing in the city to raise money for a scolarship program. So it's not about worship this time around. It's all about the performance.

We've also decided that we need a bass player. We've tried to find someone willing to play without success. So I've decided to pick up an acoustic bass guitar and learn to play so I can join in occasionally with it on certain songs we do.

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Good luck with your gig. Maybe you coudl have someone record it and put it on you tube, if it is acceptable to your liking. I know I'd like to see yall perform.
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I'm hoping to have someone record it. I do have a short clip I took a few weeks ago when we were practicing and doing sound checks but I'm not in it since I was listening to the sound to see if we need adjustments etc.
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We just finished playing. Time for a group shot.
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So I've tasked myself with learning the bass guitar this week since we have three guitarists in the band and no bass. I'll still play guitar on some songs where the bass isn't required. I picked up a sweet deal on ebay last week. It's an acoustic electric bass which is perfect. I always wanted to learn bass and had an electric bass last year but found that for regular practice at home it was a pain to have to deal with an amp and cord. I ended up selling it without really learning to play the thing. What I like about this bass I just picked up is the fact that I can play unplugged at home then bring it to the church and plug into the sound system to play along with the band.
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My son is thinking of getting a bass,he plays all other forms so i guess it is a curious natural progression for him,not sure where he will put it as at my last count he is up to 8 maybe 9 various forms of electric and acoustic guitars with Ibanez being his preferred choice of maker.

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I can understand that one. I'm up to six guitars in the house now. I have one electric, a 12 string, 3 acoustics(one for home, one for camp, one for my son to learn) and now the acoustic bass.

I actually picked the bass up fairly quickly. Came naturally considering I got it last monday and was already playing with the band friday night and performing saturday. Was great to be able to bring it there and plug in to the acoustic bass we use for the PA sound system. I set us up with a nice simple setup that meets all our needs.

For those interested in the sound system we use, here it is:
-30W acoustic guitar amp with two channels.
-12 channel behringer sound board running into one channel on the amp
-6 mics, electric drum set, 2 acoustic/electric guitars all running into the sound board
-acoustic/electric bass guitar plugged directly into the second channel on the amp.

If needed, we can pick up another sound board and run it into the second channel in the amp. It's a sweet simple setup that works great. I can adjust the sound levels while we're playing. We also have a computer hooked up to an overhead screen with all the lyrics to the songs playing overhead for the people to sing along.

Considering most famous bands out there performing have their 10-20 songs on average they perform on a nightly basis over and over, I think we're doing alright with a selection of roughly 60 songs we currently do. Taking into account the fact that we pick 5-6 each week, practice them, then play during the service the following day then we may not play those songs again for a couple months.
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We had a good jam session last night. Practiced our regular songs then decided to break out into some sixties Beatles type songs. Good fun.
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Wow. Time flies. Seems like yesterday when I started this thread saying how we started playing together. We started out with two guitars and a flutist. Two people singing. Since then we've lost a member here and there and have gained some. We are now a full band with the finishing touches being added only two weeks ago when I purchased a bass guitar and started playing. It's been a slice!
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Time for a little update. Things were a little slow this summer and I took some time off the band to recover. While I'm still in a long uphill battle to fully heal which may take years, I did play a couple times in August with the band at the service. We've lost a couple members of the band over the summer for various reasons but still have a core group of 4-5 people including a fourth guitarist which will allow me to focus more on the bass.

Tonight was my first official night back in action and I plan on being there every week now during the winter months. We learned a new song tonight and after practicing it twice we decided to play it in the service during the eucharist. It's a very uplifting song. Anyways, here it is. (not us performing it of course)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTThPMWzxRs

Another of the songs we do regularly is "Forever" by Chris Tomlin. We went down to Minneapolis to see him perform live back in March. It was an awesome concert with around 12000 people there. We were basically right in the first row. Very moving. Here's the original version of the song.

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Back to regular routine now. We've been back to our regular practice and services since September. We meet at the church every Friday evening at 7 for practice and play Saturday. I used to stand up to sing and play but until my back gets better it's the chair for me. Just thankful I can still walk.

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That's wonderful Brian!
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We've got a big ole church. It was built over 100 years ago starting in I believe 1903. Our bell tower has the only manual bells played this way between the Toronto area and Winnipeg. Tomorrow night, we are hosting an open house for people to come tour the bell tower. Just prior is the usual 5pm service I play at. I've picked the music already that the congregation will be singing.

If you click on the news link and watch the video, it shows the bells being played. Some friends of ours in the video.

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Here's a few pictures I took tonight of the belltower and the church where I play.



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This is what my church looks like Brian, inside and out.. and a little history.



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So I've added another member to the herd.

I now have seven (I believe ) guitars. Why so many you might ask? Well, I have one for at home playing. One for the kids to learn on. Two sitting at church that I use every weekend. One of which is a sweet sounding 12 string. An acoustic base I bought last year for the band. A nice electric I haven't played in years sitting in its case downstairs. And now this one to have at camp as a cheap little plucker around the fire. It's awesome to play and has a really nice sound.

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I went to a small concert last month in town here. The band "the color" was performing. They are an upcoming Christian band that has been touring the country. I got to meet the band and chat with them during intermission. They informed me that they'd be back on November 30th opening for a big name band "building 429". Both bands are a Christian rock genre. They had a contest on Facebook if you liked and shared the ad for the concert. I normally don't share anything but this time I did. They posted a short video on the tour page tonight announcing that I won 4 vip tickets. I originally planned to go anyway but now I'm taking a friend and our two older boys since my wife is taking a course weds.

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I went to a small concert last month in town here. The band "the color" was performing. They are an upcoming Christian band that has been touring the country. I got to meet the band and chat with them during intermission. They informed me that they'd be back on November 30th opening for a big name band "building 429". Both bands are a Christian rock genre. They had a contest on Facebook if you liked and shared the ad for the concert. I normally don't share anything but this time I did. They posted a short video on the tour page tonight announcing that I won 4 vip tickets. I originally planned to go anyway but now I'm taking a friend and our two older boys since my wife is taking a course weds.

https://youtu.be/-r88mz7vNT4

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