are pleased that you have joined us to spread His word through the
wonder of music. If you will please read the following and
take it to heart, you will surely bless everyone by making a more joyous
noise unto the Lord.
Percussionists: Please get your emotional high from creating the
groove of the music, not from the physio-psychological pleasure of pounding
on things. If you are too loud, it will be impossible to make
the vocals audible above you. When this is the case you are not a
vessel from which His word flows, you are the cork in the bottle.
(Have you ever seen what they do to bottle corks? :-) And
remember: The tuning that sounds good to your ears may sound awful in
the house, especially when the drums are mic'd. Sustain (ring) is
often a big problem, as is having the drums tuned too high. Work
with the soundpersons on this (after reading the drum tuning primers
listed on http://www.padrick.net/AudioLinks.htm).
bassists, and keyboardists: Please note that the volume control
on your amplifier has settings between those of 0 and 11. Please
use them. As with the drums, if you are too loud, it will be
impossible to make the vocals audible above you. You will be doing
everyone a grave disservice, and He will surely take note of this.
(You may still make it to heaven, but don't be surprised if your room is
next to the one where they give the beginner banjo and accordion
Sing as loudly as you like, no problem! (Please keep in mind that
the more even you keep your volume level, the easier it is for the
soundperson to keep you both audible and un-distorted.) No matter
how you sing however, in order for you to be heard you must sing
straight into your microphone, as stage mics are designed to resist the
pickup of sounds other that those that are coming from straight
ahead. You must also be very close the the microphone,
preferably at 0" but certainly no more than 2" (especially
when speaking). If not, your tone will become very thin and it
will likely become impossible to turn your volume up loud enough before
feedback occurs. If you feel you are too loud, do not back off of
the microphone, just ask the soundperson to turn you down in the
monitors. (Few people ever ask to be turned down in the
monitors. Your doing so will make the soundperson very happy!)
remember that be they "yours" or "ours", the
soundpersons deserve the same respect and consideration that you desire
for yourself. If you feel that you need something, please ask
nicely and exercise patience. If the soundperson needs something
from you (such as to turn down) please be accommodating (i.e., don't
just turn down a half notch, turn down two notches, or four).
Everyone is "on the same team". When you do something
that helps the soundperson do a better job, you are helping everyone get
closer to Him.