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Practice Makes Perfect



"Its all about practice, not a game, not a game, not a game. I'm talking about practice"


I have thought it and have heard it before. "Well I can't play that song or guitar lick I am just not that talented." Practice is a repeated exercise in or performance of an activity or skill so as to acquire or maintain proficiency in it. Must note again to maintain proficiency in it. Whether you have no proficiency at all and can figure it out by playing it a few times we all need to practice to gain that proficiency on any song. Last week at my worship teams practice I was talking with our piano player. She was asking me about a new song that I had on the schedule in another 3 weeks. I was very happy to hear that someone was looking at songs in advanced! She then told me "well everyone thinks I am just naturally a great piano player and I just come in here and sight read everything, when its not like that at all I need to practice." As she is very good and knows her parts it is a true statement. I don't care how good of a player you are everyone needs to practice.

I remember when I would play lead electric guitar at a large local church in my home town of Oviedo. I had a great leader encourage me to step up my game and play more lead lines instead of rhythm. At first I thought he was crazy. My thought was....."well I am no Lincoln Brewster"! I then said to myself, well I am going to do this and do it well. Come to find out I just had to practice more than I was used to when I played rhythm (a few more hours). I was amazed at what I could do. It really is amazing what some practice can do. Looking back at that moment I am so thankful for that leader encouraging me to step up my game and that encouragement that made me want to practice. I learned a valuable lesson. I don't care what your skill level is if you practice it enough I believe you can learn it. It might take you 1 hour, 2 hours, 2 days, 2 months, etc. 

I think if you were to ask Lincoln Brewster about how he wrote those lead lines, I am sure it didn't just pop into his head and come out flawlessly on the first try (I mean it could have, but maybe its because he spent so much time before that practicing, just maybe). I know he had to practice to be that fast and proficient on his instrument. I am sure that before he recorded that song or even played it live he practiced it at home to get it just right. When you walk into a guitar center I sure you all have heard many different people playing those familiar songs "Stairway to Heaven", "Sweet Home Alabama", and "Back in Black". The funny thing is some of those people can't really play guitar all that well, but they have nailed that one song for sure because whenever they pick up a guitar that's their go to song to play. If you practice you will get better. You might not even know how good you really are until you sit down and practice. Eventually that practice will make you even a better player. If your like me and using your talents for Christ why wouldn't you want to offer up your best? If you don't practice there is no way for you to offer up your best. 

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters."  -Colossians 3:23

Church leaders, musicians, worship leaders lets offer up our best to Christ. Spend the time to practice through your setlists and know that with practice you can master any musical part that is required for the songs for Sunday. Well.....Get to it start practicing you might just be the next Lincoln Brewster!

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