Do you have a Good Friday service? Come Ye Sinners would make a great opening song.
I’m really excited about this arrangement! I love to turn a really old, dirge-like melody into something contemporary.
With my more complex chord structure and the pentatonic melody, I’ve created just a 2 part vocal version for this arrangement. A thicker vocal treatment of 3 parts or SATB just didn’t seem to work. The 2 parts will work for a male worship leader with female background vocalist, a praise team or choir.
The melody is extremely wide. If F minor is a little too high for you I’d suggest dropping it only a half step to E minor, otherwise it will go too low.
Come Ye Sinners is the first recording I’ve done in quite a while that doesn’t have any synth sounds or programmed loops. I’m starting to feel a trend in contemporary church music towards less synth and more acoustic and simplicity. Maybe there’s a backlash against Hillsong United’s latest, very-synthy and programmed material (which I don’t think an average church can pull off.) I also know of a huge megachurch that has completely stopped using all multitracks/stems/computer effects and will only play live. What do you think? I’m still a synth fanatic so I don’t think I’ll go cold turkey 🙂 Leave your comments below!
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