Stop, Drop and Roll: How to Un-Rehearse the Mistakes

Are you letting the mistakes hold you back from making music and leading worship unto the Lord? God does not want us to miss a moment. Mistakes in music will happen; but when they do come, how do you handle them, or will they handle you?

2 Corinthians 12.10 says:” That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Stop: Telling Yourself Not to Make A Mistake.

Easier said than done, but it’s true. Before winning the 2015 World Series, the Kansas City Royals head coach said something quite shocking and contrary to his teams: “Don’t be afraid of making a mistake.”

The more worship is about God, the less it has to do with us. The more we make the most of our joy while playing and singing music, the better we grow in our skill and development. As our confidence increases, our insecurity decreases.

Drop: Those Bad Habits Before You Rehearse Them.

Do you make corrections during your practice time? Anytime you encounter a mistake, drop the bad habit right away! Instead of ignoring and hoping it will go away, stop immediately and fix it.

For an exercise, try this: practice the same part again at a slower tempo. You can always increase the timing once you get it down. Make a short musical loop or phrase out of the mistake. Play it over and over again at first. Listen to the affected area and make the necessary adjustments and fine tune the problem.

Next, play the section again and add the very next measure and stop. Repeat this again. Once you get this down, add the measure of music that precedes the challenge spot. Play this in a loop as well – both the measure before and at the challenge spot.

In the end, tie all of those measures together and play it from top to bottom. You will notice that you’ve not only learned how to correct the mistake, but you also learned how to get in and out of the problem successfully.

Roll: with the punches.

When you correct the problems, you are developing good habits in your practice time. At rehearsal, you are also serving as a model by influencing others to come better prepared. Plus, when you encounter trouble spots with the rest of the band, you help them learn how to make those corrections.

Here’s the bigger issue. When mistakes go un-corrected and un-addressed, you are actually rehearsing them. Without caring for those notes, they simply remain there waiting to be mistakenly played/sung again. Before you realize it, you make the same mistakes during service.

The key to Stop, Drop, and Roll is that you stop telling yourself not to make a mistake. You learn to drop the bad habits and roll with the punches. Never miss the music, never miss the worship for others, and never miss the moment of what God is doing.


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