Is it possible your worship team is attempting to fill too much musical space?
To frame this thought, stop for a moment and think of an incredible painting, photo, or sculpture. Surely there are hundreds of incredible details that go into each piece of art, but most brilliant pieces have a single focal point. That is, your attention is drawn to one aspect of the art. The other details exist primarily to support the main focal point.
Have you ever found your worship team playing more and more just to try to fill space? Chances are, especially if you have a small-to-mid-sized team, you’ve been guilty of this. Lord knows I’ve been there multiple times!
There seems to be a misconception that adding “more, more, more” to your worship sound will make you sound more professional (or, if we’re honest, will perhaps sound more “worship-y”). Granted, some songs can successfully incorporate a lot of intricate parts with ease. But the majority of worship songs benefit from a “less is more” mentality.
That means, instead of trying to jam your amazing new strumming pattern into every song on your setlist, be intentional about what each song calls for. Less rhythm, more melody, less dynamics, more gusto, etc.
Try it at rehearsal this week. Take one song you typically “over-play”, and try to do significantly less with it than you would normally do. Draw attention to a single chord or harmony line. Let the music speak for itself!
A beautiful way to catalyze the “cure for overplaying” is to use pads. Turn on a pad audio file and it will give you a beautiful musical bed so you don’t have to fill the musical space. You can be choosy and intentional with every musical decision you make. Playing fewer notes allows you to be less of a “hole-filler” and more of an artist.
I promise you, less is more. Take it from a guy who tried to sneak every musical lick he knew into every performance situation possible. Strip it down, make intentional choices, and draw attention to that singular focus.