FREE MultiTrack: Love Come Down (David Ruis and Eoghan Heaslip)

free-multitracksOur free MultiTrack for September is Love Come Down by David Ruis and Eoghan Heaslip.

This is a great worship song that deserves to be better known. There’s also a Super Chord Chart to accompany the song. The chart follows our arrangement note-for-note.

Remember that you will need the Worship Backing Band MultiTrack Player to play the track.

Our new iPad Player is about to launch – keep your eyes peeled on the App Store! You”ll get the iPad and the PC/Mac version of the MultiTrack to download.

Free MultiTrack: Matt Redman’s Beautiful News

Matt Redman Beautiful News Free multiTrackWe are delighted to offer you a free MultiTrack from Matt Redman for the month of September.

We’ve closely followed Matt Redman’s original album version for this track but in the more singable key of A. Click to download Beautiful News free-of-charge.

Remember that you will need the Worship Backing Band MultiTrack Player to play the track.

Free MultiTrack: Lead Me by Martin Smith (Delirious?)

free-multitracksCan you believe that Lead Me by Martin Smith is 23 years old?!

Released in 1994 and originating from a regular youth event, the Cutting Edge tapes were legendary in shaking up and refreshing worship music across the world. CCM magazine found that the band had “created a modern hymnody for generations raised on rock ‘n ‘roll”.

The band went on to become Delirious? and the rest is history but do enjoy this recording of Lead Me – a song that is still every bit as poignant and beautiful today as it was back then. It’s free for the month of August.

Remember that you will need the Worship Backing Band MultiTrack Player to play the track.

Why we don’t follow the original song keys and arrangements in our MultiTrack recordings

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The fact is that original song recordings are made with two priorities in mind:

  • The key that best suits the singer’s voice
  • An arrangement that works best for radio play

That combination is rarely the ideal for like-for-like use in church. In church at least half the congregation (and often the worship leader too) are female. That normally means that the original key is way too high. And in church, lengthy introductions, outros, ad libs, impossible octave jumps, bass solos and whatever else that suit a record well are far from ideal in a church setting where the priority should be to serve the congregation with something that is accessible for them and helps them worship.

So our MultiTracks, for the contemporary songs we’ve tried to keep the feel of the most well know definitive version of the song but slightly tweaked the key, the arrangement and the parts to make them playable for worship teams and most importantly, congregationally singable.

All in all we think our versions are actually much more usable for small to medium sized churches than the original versions!

Here is the thinking behind some of our most recent recordings:

Even So Come

  • Key original G
  • Suggested key E

The best known original live version is fantastic for very large gatherings but at nearly minutes long there are a few too many refrains for the average size congregation. So to keep it interactive we’ve kept all the sections but cut out the instrumentals and a few of the repeated chorus sections. We’ve also brought the key down from G to E to make it more congregationally singable for both men and women. Of course if you want the extended version you can always loop and jump around those parts within the MultiTrack player.

O Come To The Altar

  • Original key B
  • New key A

We’ve tweaked this great Elevation track to make it more suitable for ‘normal’ sized congregations. So we’ve taken the key down from B to A, shortened some links, taken out an unneeded instrumental section and neatened up intros and outros to make them more suitable for a band to follow in MultiTrack format.

Jesus We Love You

  • Original key B
  • New key Ab

As with many Bethel based tracks the best known versions are too long and often in too high a key to be suitable for ‘normal’ sized congregations. So again we’ve shortened some repeated sections, neatened up intros and outros and taken the key down from B to Ab to make it more singable for both men and women.

Fierce

  • Original key D
  • New key G with no octave jumps

With this track we’ve tried to combine the best bits of both the original studio recording and the acoustic version so by muting or soloing different instrument combinations you can have either version! Again in the interests of congregationalability (!) we’ve shortened the intro, trimmed some of the links and placed a repeat chorus where the instrumental section was to encourage max participation. Plus the original key was D with vocal octave jumps, which works for some men with high tenor voices but is unsuitable or female vocal ranges, so we’ve taken out the octave jumps and put it in the key of G which makes it much more participatory for everyone!

My Lighthouse

  • Original key C
  • New key Bb

This track didn’t need much arrangement work to make it suitable as a MultiTrack, just some very minor tempo tweaking and adding an intro so a band could easily find the first beat 1. Plus, the original key of C puts it uncomfortably outside most female vocal ranges so we’ve taken it down to Bb as a much better congregational compromise.

 

We’d love to know what you think about our recordings. People often “think” they want the original but we are convinced that our tweaks actually make our recordings a lot more accessible.

12 new MultiTracks including Even So Come, My Lighthouse and King of My Heart

Worship Backing Band MultiTracks

Hello everyone, time for another set of Worship Backing Band tracks that we’ve just finished recording.  This month we’ve got 12 great songs; 6 recent worship songs that we think will become long term keepers and 6 hymns and modern worship classics that will be around forever. There are EveryKey Chord Charts available for each song too.

For the new songs we have:

And for the hymns and classics:

As with all our tracks, for the contemporary songs we’ve tried to keep the feel of the most well know definitive version of the song but slightly tweaked the key, the arrangement and the parts to make them playable for worship teams and most importantly, congregationally singable. We’ve written about the thinking behind these congregational arrangements here.

All in all we think our versions are actually much more usable for small to medium sized churches than the original versions!

With the hymns and classics; the more modern songs ‘Shine Jesus Shine’ and the kids songs ‘Great Big God’ just needed a solid, familiar, band style arrangement but with the hymns we’ve tried to give them a contemporary full band feel so they fit right in with all the other Worship Backing Band tracks, again with usable parts and arrangements that a worship team can learn and play along with.

So –  do check out the 30 second sample for each track as it’ll give you a good flavour of the arrangement, and if you’ve got any questions do get in touch!

 

 

Free MultiTrack: Oh Praise Him by David Crowder

Oh Praise Him (All This For a King) from David Crowder’s fantastic Illuminate album is such a treat.

We’ve recorded it in the more congregational key of Bbut there is also an EveryKey chord chart if you want to play it in the original key (of course you can use our MultiTrack Player to change the key for the backing track).

The MultiTrack is available free-of-charge for the month of July. Thanks to Capitol CMG for granting the rights to the free use.

Remember that you will need the Worship Backing Band MultiTrack Player to play the track.

Free MultiTrack and Chord Chart: Nothing But Glory

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Nothing But Glory is a great new worship song by Michael Farren, Tony Wood, Johan Asgarde, Oliver Lundstrum.

The theme explores being captivated by God’s presence and works really well for services focusing on intimacy with God. The production is a treat too, going all the way from pop based electronic sounds to acapela moments and because we have it as our free track of the month in MultiTrack format, it’s perfect for integrating with your worship bands and teams.

There’s also a free simple chord chart to go with the song.

Remember that you will need the Worship Backing Band MultiTrack Player to play the track.

6 new MultiTracks

Worship Backing Band MultiTracks

We’ve added another 6 MultiTracks to our ever growing library. These are:

There are EveryKey Chord Charts available for each song and Split Tracks are coming soon.

FREE Tim Hughes MultiTrack: We Must Go (God of Justice)

free-multitracksThe free MultiTrack for April is the Tim Hughes classic We Must Go (God of Justice).

Written back in 2005 after a Tear Fund trip to Tanzania where Tim and his wife met Joyce, a woman who walked all night, every night, to fetch water for her family, this beautiful song is a stirring reminder that God is not interested in our worship if we fail to first serve the poor.

Remember that you will need the Worship Backing Band MultiTrack Player to play the track.

There is also an EveryKey Chord Chart available which follows our arrangement of the song note-for-note.

Worship Backing Band DVD Volume 7 available now

Today we launch our 7th Worship Backing Band DVD for churches that want to sing contemporary style worship but lack musicians.

The DVD features backing tracks with on-screen lyrics to 35 of the best known worship songs including 10 contemporary band style hymns and carols..

All are recorded in congregational (singable) keys and sung with meaning and emotion by some of the best session musicians involved in today’s modern worship.

The songs on Volume 7 include:

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