The story behind the song arrangements

This week we’ve released 13 new MultiTrack backing tracks. Andy has already written about the challenges faced with taking recordings made for worship albums and radio play and re-shaping them for the local church but here we share a more detailed look at what we’ve done with each of the new recordings. Click on the audio arrow below each description to listen to a 30 second sample.

Break Every Chain (Jesus Culture / United Pursuit) – William Reagan

This is one we had to think about very carefully arrangement wise. Some of the recorded versions of this track are 7 or 8 minutes long and would have too many repeated sections for congregations without huge numbers of people. So the song is still 6 minutes long but we’ve paid lots of attention to the sections you can jump around, so there’s opportunity to do each song part big or little, short or long. Super chord chart here.

God’s Great Dance Floor – Martin Smith, Chris Tomlin, Nick Herbert

Here’s a song that’s actually really difficult to do live without a backing track! We’ve put this one in G to make it more singable and easier to play too. Plus, to make the vibe even happier we’ve majored on the disco bassline. Enjoy! Super chord chart here.

Heart of Worship (When the Music Fades) – Matt Redman

This was actually one of our favourite tracks of this batch to produce. Although the song is 17 years old now it’s still one of the most used modern worship songs across the globe. The original version was very stripped back so we’ve added some really musical ‘hand in glove’ parts to create a full band dynamic in some parts of the song without loosing the gentleness of the theme. Super chord chart here.

Love the Lord – Lincoln Brewster

This song has a pretty tight arrangement anyway so we’ve kept it fairly close to the original, and still in the key of G, but with it being multi track, it does mean you can solo any part which makes it much easier to isolate and copy. Super chord chart here.

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) (Hillsong) – Joel Houston, Matt Crocker, Salomon Ligthelm

This is another song that’s often too long for most congregations in it’s original recorded format so we’ve made it more succinct at just under 5 minutes, but still kept the wide ranging dynamics.  So by jumping around the sections in the player you can do a big long version, a shorted quitter version or anything in between. Super chord chart here.

Overcome – (Jeremy Camp) – Jon Egan

This is a really useable congregational song with a wide range of big and little dynamic moments. Again the original is quite long so we’ve made a little more succinct but with plenty of opportunity to jump around big and little sections to make it usable for your church. Super chord chart here.

Abide With Me – a new version of the classic hymn

Whilst the tune remains the same, the chords have been rearranged by Greg Jong of Grand Vanity (who also produced this track in a slightly darker band based arrangement that creates some lovely tension that underscores the theme and lyrics really well). We’d definitely suggest you get hold of a copy of the Super Chord Chart for this song as a number of the chords modulate outside the key.

Beautiful Things – Michael and Lisa Gungor

We kept pretty much to the standard arrangement here structure wise but added a few more electric and acoustic guitar parts to widen the dynamic towards the end of the song. Super chord chart here.

Purify My Heart (Refiner’s Fire)  (Vineyard) – Brian Doerksen

Another older song that still remains very popular today. We’ve tried to put together a very musical band based version with some nice, usable instrument parts and easy to follow tag sections. Super chord chart here.

This is Our God (Hillsong) – Reuben Morgan

This is one of our favourite Hillsong tracks right now in terms of usability. We’ve kept it in E and added lots of instrument layers so you can change the dynamic simply by muting some of the parts for lots of flexibility. Super chord chart here.

Waiting Here For You – Jesse Reeves, Chris Tomlin, Martin Smith

For this song again some of the recorded versions are very long so we’ve made the arrangement slightly more succinct to make it usable for small congregations (4 mins 42) but crucially we’ve changed the key to D to make it singable for men and woman without having to use the octave jump in the big sections! Super chord chart here.

Your Great Name – Michael Neale, Krissy Nordhoff

We’ve kept this song in the original key of Bb as it’s pretty singable as it is but  altered the intro and outro sections to make it more usable for a live church band. Super chord chart here.

You’re Worthy of My Praise (I Will Worship) – David Ruis

One more classic worship song here that we didn’t have in the catalogue before. We’ve kept it in G to make it easily singable and playable but we’ve recorded it with some loops and electronic elements alongside the live band instruments to give it slightly more modern feel. Super chord chart here.

13 new Worship Backing Band MultiTracks and Super Chord Charts

New Worship MultiTracks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve released 13 brand new MultiTracks for our MultiTrack Player. We’ve focussed on big new songs that are hitting the all important CCLI charts plus a few old favourites we’d not previously recorded. These are:

Super Chord Charts are available by clicking the song links above.

Buy 10 or more tracks and save

Our bundle pack pricing deal means that you will save money when you buy at least 10 tracks at the same time.

Super Chord Charts

We’ve prepared optional Super Chord Charts for each of these releases. As well as giving you the words, chords, drum groove and more, these charts replicate the exact arrangement of our backing tracks. If you’re not great with charting out chord sheets these will be really helpful, especially in our version of Abide With Me where the chords modulate outside the key on a few occasions.

18 more MultiTracks available now

We’ve been raiding the archive and have released another 18 MultiTracks. These include some great but less well known songs as well as the odd classic. Remember that you will need the Worship Backing Band MultiTrack Player to play these songs.

10 huge new MultiTracks released

For the latest batch of MultiTrack  backing tracks we’ve chosen 10 recent big songs and given you guys a good mix of Chris Tomlin, Hillsong, Newsboys, Paul Baloche, Lincoln Brewster and Jared Anderson. Interestingly we’ve chosen to alter the key on nearly all of them as most are too high in the original key for the average congregation. A description on what we’ve down with each song is below to give you guys some background about the parts. Hope you enjoy!

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All Because of Jesus – Casting Crowns / Steve Fee

Came to My Rescue – Marty Sampson, Joel Davies and Dylan Thomas

Cornerstone (Hillsong) – Reuben Morgan, Jonas Myrin, Eric Liljero.

Crown Him – Matt Maher, Chris Tomlin and Ed Cash.

God is Able (Hillsong) – Reuben Morgan and Ben Fielding

Great I Am – Jared Anderson

I am Free (Newsboys) – Jon Egan

Offering – Paul Baloche

Today is the Day – Lincoln Brewster

Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies) – Scott Cash, Chris Tomlin and Ed Cash

Buy all 10 and get an additional discount applied at the checkout.

Here is the lowdown to each of the tracks

All Because of Jesus
This was a track that is fairly unsingable in the most well known version. So we took it down two full tones to C but then took a lot of care to keep the brightness in the voicing so it keeps its sense of energy.

Came to My Rescue
In terms of instrumentation this sounds quite similar to Hillsong’s original version but we changed some of the parts, particularly in the last big choruses to add an even greater sense of tension and release with the song getting bigger and smaller. We also slightly changed some of the song structure to make it a bit more concise and shorter as a version for the average church. Even so to get the full sense of ebb and flow its still a full 5 minutes long, and of course you can repeat any verse/chorus/bridge section you want to within the player.

Cornerstone
This song is going to be around a long time and we wanted to do it justice. So we’ve got male and female vocals with some fabulous harmonies and lots of layered guitar parts to give it that authentic big Hillsong sound. We did bring the key down to Bb to make it more congregationally accessible and again shortened it slightly for usability’s sake (still 6.20!) But the main thing we did we give you two optional endings! So if you want to use the instrumental refrain you can, but if you don’t there’s a bar of dead sonic space after the first ending which easily gives you enough time to jump to the next song in the playlist without it sound awkward.

Crown Him (Majesty)
In this backing track we took the song down a tone to B as again its just too high for most congregations. But we also stuck fairly close to the feel of the instrumentation with lots and lots of guitar/keys/strings layering to get that MASSIVE sound in the bridge.  However we decided not to go for the key change at the end mainly because again unless you’re in a large gathering, most folks can’t hit the notes in the original C# key let alone D#! However with the Worship Backing Band player you can of course manually change the key yourself! Remember – use  the S and X hotkeys to go up or down.

God is Able
This is another song we’ve put down a key to A to make more congregationally singable but still keep the original feel in the instrumentation and the parts. So everything in there including the riffs lead lines and solo.

Great I Am
For this one we took the key down a tone to C but added lots of extra guitar part layering that’s not in the original version to add to the sense of dynamic build as the song progresses.

Offering
Paul Baloche tends to write most of his songs in congregational keys so we kept this track in the original in F and stuck mostly to the arrangement with all the motifs and parts you’d expect. Again there is some extra layering to add to the dynamic but we did change the ending slightly to take out the unusual chords in the album version, just to make it as accessible as possible to the average worship band players.

Today is the Day
Accessibility was the key for this backing track, so we’ve brought it down to C but spent a lot of time on the guitar voicings to give it that Lincoln Brewster feel,  with plenty of  widdle-tastic riffs and licks to keep you busy especially towards the end of the track. There might also be a bit of Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts and Black Eyed Peas influence in there too… We did however take out the solo as it leaves most congregations idle with nothing to sing (not anything to do with us not being able to play it of course… Nope , No Siree!) but if you want to solo just repeat one of our chorus or band sections within the player.

Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)
We took this down to Bb again to make it more congregationally singable but crucially we took time to get that same album feel using guitars and keyboards where we assumed most churches won’t have banjo and Dobro players! So that means if you want to replicate those parts live you easily can by soloing a part to pick out exactly what’s going on. Not often easy on Tomlin’s stuff…

I am Free
This was another track that’s way too high for most congregations to sing in the original key so we’ve brought down to C but added a few more layers to make the arrangement even more dynamic. We’ve also added multiple BV voices to the audience repeat in the chorus but put it all into one stem so if you don’t use that part then simply mute it!

We hope you really like the song choice and what we’ve done with the arrangements. Please do comment below to give us any feedback.

The stroy behind our carol arrangements

Just a quick update to answer some questions about the 10 Christmas Carols we are recording right now as Multi Track backing tracks.

All  are designed to be used in your Christmas services with contemporary full band arrangements in singable keys and in the same style as all the other backing tracks on Worship Backing Band –  I.e not organ music! From the 10 there’s a real mix of big anthemic versions, mid tempo numbers and more gentle carols too. So in other words we’ve tried to give you a real mix of fast and slow stuff to help your carol service ebb and flow and follow a journey.

Big songs include Tomlin-esque Joy To the World and Angels from the Realms of Glory. Brenton Brown’s Joyful Joyful adds in a new contemporary chorus section. O Holy Night takes some cues from Crowder and adds a sense of tension and Hark the Herald, O Come O Come Emmanuel and O Come all Ye Faithful are great mid tempo versions. Silent Night is very gentle but still with a full band arrangement but then The First Noel is really fun and up so there’s plenty of contrast.  And lastly we’ve included Paul Baloche’s Christmas Offering as a more modern song for churches that want to bridge the gap between carols and their regular contemporary worship songs.

But all chosen because they have genuinely worshipful themes and lyrics, not just songs about snowmen. Although I reaaallly did push hard for Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas (joking…well maybe not).

Recording should be finished this week so they should be in the store at some point in October. We’ll keep you all posted as to exact dates and progress. They’ll be available individually and we’ll do a great deal as a pack of 10 which should last you a number of Christmases!

Lastly, even if you have a full band and don’t use them as backing tracks, using the parts with your band could take the time and headache out of building instrument arrangements for your Christmas services.

The songs are:

1 Angels From The Realms of Glory

2 Joy to the World (Chris Tomlin – Unspeakable Joy)

3 Joyful Joyful (New Brenton Brown version)

4 Hark the Herald Angels Sing

5 Silent Night

6 O Holy Night

7 O come O come Emmanuel

8 The First Noel

9 O Come all Ye Faithful

10 Christmas Offering (Paul Baloche)