Archives For David Gutekunst

Worship Band Rotation

David Gutekunst —  October 4, 2013

Have you ever had your pastor or a church leader approach you after a service asking why you have the same people up there every week? Little do they know, the reason everything has been flowing so well lately is because the band finally starting to gel. We all know that leading becomes a whole lot easier when your band knows what it means when you are stomping your foot for a build or throwing your guitar neck up to signal the end of a song.

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The Gen16 “acoustic / electric” System with Direct Source Pickup & Firmware 2.0 utilizes a patented, professional audio controller / cymbal processor; a new sensor/preamp; and patented, reduced volume Zildjian cymbals. It is a perfect match for electronic, acoustic or hybrid A/E drum and percussion setups. It can be used with the Gen16 reduced volume or traditional Zildjian acoustic cymbals allowing the audio of each cymbal to be managed independently. When using Gen16 cymbals, there is up to a 70% reduction in cymbal SPL with real acoustic sound and feel. Gen16 cymbals are first and foremost acoustic cymbals.

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The world of copyright and licensing can be a bit tough to navigate at times. Our friends at CCLI offer some great tools and resources. These cover a wide breadth of the intellectual property activity that occurs in the planning and execution of worship services.

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Song Starters are a brand new FREE resource from Worship Together. These concise videos are a creative way to introduce or setup a new song in your worship service. Song Starters help to communicate the context of song. The writer conveys a devotional thought to set the song up as they would to their own church community…

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I fought it for a long time but finally caved. I am now a proud user of the click-track when I lead. The first few weeks were tough and brought back some painful memories of sheet music, scales and a metronome when I was 10. However, I settled in, and after a month, there was no going back.

The main reason for holding out, despite all the encouragement and recommendations from other leaders, was the fear that it might be a hindrance to the Spirit’s leading and a distraction to my personal worship. Oh, was I wrong. Here are a couple of the benefits the click has afforded my ministry…

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Sunday comes around with alarming regularity. As with any recurring task, it’s important to find a healthy workflow that prevents us from burnout and provides margin for creativity and spiritual preparation. I like to call it a rhythm.

My church work week begins on Tuesday and ends on Monday. Whether you are full-time, a volunteer, or anything in-between, it’s important to find productivity pockets to work within. Here’s how my week looks…

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The Story is helping people in churches everywhere experience Scripture like never before. Carefully selected verses from the Bible are organized chronologically. From Genesis to Revelation, your church members will come to understand God’s story and how their stories intersect with it.

Affordable, flexible, and easy to use, churches are using The Story not only as a powerful church-wide experience but also in individual ministries, such as small groups, Sunday School, and in youth ministry…

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This is a new favorite of ours and should be for any songwriter, musician, podcaster or videographer. Right out of the box we were very impressed with the construction and stand for the Yeti. It is extremely solid and looks amazing. There are more tools on the Yeti than are on Blue’s well loved USB Snowball. It boasts new functions and sound capabilities.

To start the Yeti is a multi-pattern USB microphone. It combines 3 capsules and four switchable pattern settings which make it useful for recording in stereo, recording a single vocal or instrument or capturing an entire room of sound. There is a built-in headphone amplifier which provides zero-latency monitoring and volume control for monitoring purposes. There is also an instant mute which is useful during playback or if you are using monitors other than headphones. Another new feature is the microphone gain located on the back of Yeti. This gives the Yeti a flexible gain structure. It works like a microphone preamp rather than forcing you to adjust it with software. Having headphone controls and mic gain controls make the Yeti operate like an audio interface for your computer…

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Known

David Gutekunst —  September 21, 2010

One of the strange things about God’s watchfulness is that, unlike any human vision, His is not only rich in foresight (knowing each thought before it is in your mind, every word before it is on your tongue) and full to the brim with the knowledge of each past event in every human life lived on this planet, but also incisive in its searching–He is witnessing *you* — not just your actions or the things you do.

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Any Electric guitar player will tell you that you can only squeeze the best possible tone out of your amp when the volume is cranked. You’ll end up with a much punchier and more responsive sound when you do. Sadly this isn’t always viable option for everyone.

As guitar players, I think we’re all aware of the age-old battle of stage volume vs. sound guy. This is especially true at churches. The average church-goer is simply not used to the amount of rock a cranked AC30 brings. Think of the blue haired lady in the front row of your 8:00 AM service. She won’t take kindly to getting blasted in the face with a shredding guitar solo, even if you do sound just like The Edge…

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