Transitions are one of the harder things to figure out when it comes to leading worship. At first, it seems like the task of leading worship is to just pick some songs and play them. Of course, as you lead for a while, you quickly realize it's much more than that. Musically, it's not just about picking random songs and playing them. It's about figuring out how the songs work together. It's about finding how to navigate between different keys, fast songs and slow songs, and whatever else you have going on in your worship gathering.
Here are 3 tips for better transitions between worship songs:
1 | Don't just figure it out in the moment
Simply put: you need a plan. It's important to not just run through each individual song you have planned for your worship gathering but also the spots between them. How are you getting from one song to the next? Will it be a musical transition? Will you say something? If so, what are you going to say and where are you going to say it?
These are the questions that will set you up for a better transition. The thing is, a lot of leaders just try to figure them out in the moment. Answer them before you lead!
2 | Look at people if you're talking to them
When it comes to navigating transitions, one thing some worship leaders do without realizing it is speaking without looking at the people they're speaking to. Maybe that's happened to you before. You're a few sentences into your speaking transition and you realize, you haven't even looked at the people you're leading.
I'm a big proponent of keeping your eyes open while you're singing but also when you're speaking. It communicates that you are talking TO the people in front of you and it helps you connect with them better.
3 | Step into the transition confidently
However you decide to transition, step into the moment confidently. (Preparing in advance will help you do that). If it's a musical transition, know what chords you're going to play and how you're going to end the song. If it's a speaking transition, have an idea of what you want to say and confidently communicate it!
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