How To Transition Between SongsWorship Training | 16 comments Learn to master the art of the song transition—how and when to sing, speak, play, and lead in the spaces. Charmaine gives strategies, ideas, and tips to help you gain confidence and eliminate the sometimes awkward, distracting moments between songs! This webinar was recorded live in our private Facebook community exclusively for subscribers. To tune in live for upcoming webinars, click here. Upgrade to an Access Pass or sign in to watch locked videos, access lesson downloads, audio workouts, and community discussions. ← Next Previous → Comments (16) 16 Comments ← Older Comments Divinepurpose7 on January 27, 2019 at 6:07 am Charmaine, our church is without musicians so I use worship tracks during our service. It is challenging to make transitions, at times because I’m also controlling the flow of the track, stopping and starting as I do transitions using scriptures and sometimes free flowing words trying to make connections to songs and people’s hearts. Any suggestions for me? Thanks! Charmaine on January 28, 2019 at 6:56 pm Sounds like you are doing a fantastic job — the fact that you are doing all of this at the same time is admirable! Have you tried using pads at all between songs? If you’re running tracks, basically, you could aim to have a pad sound take over at the end of one song, and continue as you are praying/reading scripture, etc… then transition into the next song. There are lots of Youtube tutorials and sites devoted to pads— here’s one that you may find helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffGAiFN_y0Y Also… do you play keyboard at all? If you foresee perhaps being in this position for awhile, it would be good to learn some basic chording, if you don’t know how to already. Even if it becomes something that you only use in a song transition, or perhaps eventually in a very simple song, that can provide a much easier flow, especially to connect songs! Slarkinm on May 9, 2018 at 11:02 am Hi Charmaine! Just watching this, I LOVE your teaching! I’m new at leading…I’ve lead songs for years, but I’ve only led the whole set a handful of times…but I know God has called me to this! I’m leading worship this Friday for a graduation (LCU), & I have 3 songs…could you tell me if the theme/flow is good? Alabaster Jar in E, King of my Heart in A, & Spirit of The Living God in D…I was planning on going back into the “Worthy, Worthy” part softly after ending Alabaster Jar, then ad libbing something like, “God, You are so Worthy…You are so Good…You are my King, You are my King”, then going into King of my Heart…then after that maybe just praying & inviting Holy Spirit to have His way, & move in our midst before starting the last song. (Problem is, my Dad is the keyboard player…I’m still learning…& we may/May not have a drummer…my Dad loves to “bang” on the keys, so it’s hard for me to ask him to play it “my way”….I appreciate ANY advice/insight/observations! 🙂 Charmaine on May 9, 2018 at 12:37 pm Hey! Glad this was helpful for you! I’m not familiar with Alabaster Jar, so I can’t speak much to theme flow, but I do have some suggestions for song key flow. As I talk about in the video with the circle of fifths, the way song transitions flow best is to move one key to the right on the chart. Second best is to move two keys to the right on the chart. Since the chart moves D – A – E, and you’re moving E – A – D, the transitions won’t necessarily be “bad”, but they could probably be much smoother if you were able to change things up a bit! You’ll have to decide if it will affect your theme flow too much, or if your voice wouldn’t be able to handle a different key, but here are a couple ideas: Change some of the keys: D Alabaster Jar A King of My Heart E Spirit of the Living God (or do this one in D, because at least you’ll have one “better” transition in the set!) Change song flow: D Spirit of the Living God A King of My Heart E Alabaster Jar Or… change both! A King of My Heart D Alabaster Jar D Spirit of the Living God Another suggestion for the future (best not to get into big discussions with musicians so close to the service dates) but I would suggest having a conversation with your dad about how you would like him to play keys. Show him real examples (from youtube, etc), and tell him WHY you want it played differently. Spoken in kindness and love, this is often an important and necessary conversation to have with musicians! Hope this helps! 🙂 Slarkinm on May 9, 2018 at 1:42 pm Yes it does, thank you so much!! 🙂 Charmaine on May 9, 2018 at 1:43 pm You’re welcome! ← Older Comments Submit a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.