Whether your church has a blended or contemporary
style, my HymnCharts arrangements are designed
Really, it mostly has to do with the instrumentation.
Contemporary worship is driven by electric
guitars and blended worship is usually driven by piano
and/or acoustic guitar.
Same arrangement, different styles. At the core of every HymnCharts arrangement
is a piano part that can be performed simply
with a vocalist. Or take the same charts,
add drums and guitars and you have a modern
worship arrangement. Change the key with Finale notation software (sold separately) to fit your worship leader
Here are audio examples of how the same arrangement
can fit the style of your church. It's my
free arrangement for All Hal the Power of Jesus' Name (download it and use it in your own ministry.) A female worship leader sings it in the
original key of E major, and
a male worship
leader sings it in the higher
key of G major.
- full band
- female worship leader
- 3 part background vocals (SAT)
- electric guitar, synth, no piano
- male worship leader
- single female background vocal
A blended worship style can certainly be
your final musical destination, although
some churches do gradually make the transition
to contemporary. Some churches have both
- a blended service and a contemporary service
(imagine doing the same HymnChart arrangement
in both services using different instrumentation!)
Does your church's style sound any different
than it did ten years ago?
Here are some guidelines I use in creating
my HymnCharts arrangements:
Blended worship is piano driven for the most part with acoustic guitar.
If electric guitar is used you'll
reverby, chorused sound with
little to no
distortion. Drums are mixed low.
are primarily heard and if there's
player or two they're often beefed
Contemporary worship is driven by a distorted
electric guitar and punchy drums. If there's a keyboardist,
he/she's playing pads, leads or a piano patch
for the occasional ballad.
Blended worship arrangements modulate and
pop music stays in the same key. While chord
movement is not as complex as the hymnal,
blended arrangements are still a bit busy.
Pop music can rock on the same chord for
as long as 2 or 3 measures. Many of my earlier
arrangements modulate on the final verse,
but these days I rarely write a key change.
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