The Need for Breathing!

6 05 2011

You might think that breathing would just be natural when you lead singing. However, the stress of leading singing can take your breath away.

Stress can hamper even sympathetic muscles. It’s true when we are nervous or under great stress we breath more shallow. The activity involved in leading singing can also steal our breath.

Solution, breathing deeply! Sounds stupid doesn’t. Before you take the podium take several deep breaths and exhale completely so you can take in more air. Taking in more oxygen helps calm your nerves and gives you the needed support for the activity of leading worship.

During the week you should do some simple deep breathing exercises.

  • Begin by exhaling as much air as possible.
  • Inhale deeply (Remember deep breathing involves those stomach, back and side muscles).
  • Now exhale in short pants. (Like a dog, not the Bermuda type).  This will engage those big muscles that control breathing.
  • Do this a dozen times.
  • Next inhale deeply and exhale making a an “S” sound.  Continue this until all your air is gone.
  • This “S” exhale will help build stamina, the “S” sound will put no strain on your voice.
  • You can do this exercise making a “Z” sound which engages the voice too, don’t strain or push though.

If you will do this routine a few times a day for a few weeks it will certainly help you build the ability to breath deeply.  That in turn will help you when it comes time to lead singing.

Lack of deep breathing and breath control is one of the causes of vocal fatigue and voice strain.  You don’t want that ever.

So in the words of Faith Hill “Just Breathe”.

What helps you remember to breathe during worship leading or singing?  I’d love to hear your helpful hints.  Comment here or drop me a note chasejoseph(a)

Joseph D. Chase
Gospel Preacher
1000 N. Loop 485
PO Box 667
Gladewater, TX 75647
(903) 845.2531 office

Keeping Records

28 10 2010

If you are not keeping a record of your worship order or song lists you are robbing yourself of a lot of information.

I like to look back at the lists of the past to see which songs are being song to often or not often enough. I also grade the songs after the worship to remind me if a particular song didn’t really work well that day and some reasons why.

This is valuable information for you as you plan new lists in new worship assemblies. Be careful not to use songs so often that they lose their meaning to the worshipers. Be careful to watch out for using too many of the same types of songs. We should balance our worship in such a way that all worshipers can express themselves in the songs. Older saints may find it difficult to sing all contemporary style songs, be sure to include a few gospel type songs for them.

Be ready to introduce new songs that express spiritual thoughts in the language of the day. If we are evangelistic, our assemblies will have people who express themselves in modern wordings, styles and even rhythms. Consider this as we make decisions on what songs to sing.

A simple database is perfect for keeping a record of when you sing songs. I’ve been using google documents to make my lists so there is an electronic record of every worship service. It also allows others to use them as well.