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Hand of GOD Music      Psalm 71:23 NIV  My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise      to you - I whom you have delivered.
Cover Music You may be asking what style of Christian music will this band perform?  Traditional, Contemporary, Hymns etc. For the most part Contemporary Christian will be the main focus.  Some Traditional and Hymns may also be done.  Some of the older songs might work well if redone with a modern sound.  Below you will find a short list of songs that will be covered.  Keep in mind there are various versions to many of these songs done by other artists, and even different versions by the original artist.  Choosing the perfect version will probably be a discretionary band effort.  Whatever version may suit the band best.  Each song title is a Youtube link that will open a new browser window or tab.
In Search Of Excellence Psalm 33:3  Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. It is worth noting that we are playing music for God.  To honor Him and to praise Him.  With that said, the highest degree of talent and skill should always be sought after.  God does not need us to be perfect, but he does want us to be our best.  Whether one is performing in a church, a Christian event, or even to a secular audience, profound practice is in order.  Practice as a group, and individual practice as well.  Some will say that playing and singing from the heart, or being anointed is all that is important when performing Christian music.  If that be the case then I could play a song anyway I felt like.  I could change the words, sing out of tune, play wrong chords, and miss the beats etc.  All in the name of the claim that I’m doing it from my heart.  I would expect this from an audience or congregation singing along with a Christian band.  After all, they may not be trained or skilled as a musician. But as a musican, and a musician for God, it is up to us to be our very best.  It is up to us to practice and be skillful at our chosen instruments.  How else can one expect to effectively lead others in worship?  If one is not confident in their musical delivery be it vocally or instrumentally how does that draw a congregation or audience in?  The answer is simple … it usually doesn’t!  All the passion in the world without skillful playing usually comes across as looking phony or contrived.  An audience can sense when something is not right and one can lose them fast.  One little distraction or mistake can take them from giving praise to being dazed and confused, trying to figure out what just happened! Does one not think that God would not know just how much effort, dedication, and committment one places on the music they play for Him?  I think not!  God does know!  The more skillful one becomes for Him the greater the amount of anointing one will receive. If we turned it into an equation it would look like this:  Practice = Confidence = Passion = Anointing = Pleasing to God. Anything short of that could be compared to a bar band playing to an inebriated crowd who wouldn’t hear a mistake anyway. An article of interest that everyone should read can be found using the following link: Talent/Skill vs Anointing - Does God Really Care If It Sounds Good Or Not?  
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I'm looking for musicians who are not afraid of doing some homework.  Let's face it, in this day and age time is a valuable commodity.  We all have jobs, families, other hobbies, and things we need to do aside from our musical ventures.  I know I do, I have to work to pay for all my toys!  If a band can only meet for a few hours once or twice a week you just can't learn the material, or get any good trying to squeeze it all together in that short amount of time.  When it comes to learning cover songs a little homework needs to be done.  Each player should learn their part(s) the best they can to any required song(s) at home, so they come prepared at practice to fine tune the song(s) with the group.  It just doesn't work very well if everyone is trying to learn something on the fly in a group setting.  One person may be trying to listen to a guitar part, while the bass player and drummer are off playing some groove, and if you have two singers singing sha na na!  It often can turn into wasted time and frustration. Get the basics down at home so you come to practice with confidence in knowing your part(s). My opinion and theory on playing cover songs is this: 1)  Critically listen to the songs to disern all the important parts and key elements. 2)  Strive to emulate each part or instrument, that includes vocals as close as possible. 3)  Pay close attention to arrangements, and how the song builds from beginning to end. Note:  Doing the above will not only make one a better musician for it, but it will teach one how to effectively write their own song(s).  Does anyone think professional musicians did it differently? I hope not.  It would be a rare exception.  Most learned and emulated their peers and then went on to what we might consider to be an original artist. So ……….   Be a COPY CAT to the best of your ability.  If you can't play it or copy it perfectly, find a way to play it as close as possible for your level of ability.  If there's a drum fill somewhere in the song and you can't match that exact fill, at least play something close, and at the same spot(s) in the song. If there's a guitar riff somewhere and you can't match it exactly do something similar and close. Eventually it may evolve into playing the correct fills or riffs etc. People are creatures of habit, and they grow used to hearing their favorite artists and songs.  When they hear a song by their favorite artist covered by another band they expect to hear a close rendition of it. It doesn’t matter what genre it is; rock, blues, country, folk, and yes even Christian music. It’s still a cover song one is playing … so cover it.  “Do It Justice”  It’s not your song so play it as the original artist intended it to be played and heard. If one wants to put their own spin on a particular song that’s fine.  But learn the rules first, learn the song and determine if your spin is worthy or not.  Sometimes the term “we’re putting our spin on it” is just an easy way out for not playing the song correctly.  Or not taking the time it takes to learn it correctly. If one chooses to make a particular song their own that’s an entirely different story.  But then really make it your own.  Place your signature sound and instrumentation on it that makes a real statement.  Something that will tell everyone that you are playing this song this way because you want too, and not because you haven’t first learned to play it right.  That statement may not sit well with some, but in order to effectively break the rules you must first know the rules. In all honesty when I stumble on a song that may be technically difficult for me, I look for close alternatives I might employ in my playing.  I then ask myself if my alternative in how I play it sounds convincing? Or does it come across as a lame representation of the song?  If it turns out to be the latter … why would I want to play that song for anyone, let alone God?  Why would I not practice it more, over and over again until I finally did get it right?  Why would I put the cart before the horse? I have seen many musicians trying to play certain songs when they haven’t the skills yet to be playing those songs.  In a nutshell it boils down to CRITICAL LISTENING, PRACTICE, and MORE PRACTICE. One should never play a song before its time in my opinion.  That would stand true for covers and originals or you may come across looking unprepared and less than professional.  As a musician one can’t let personal vanity enter in.  What I mean by that is just because one may like or relate to a particular song, that they feel the need to play it.  If we feel the need to play a particular song we should learn it well, or don’t play it at all.   I’ll end on that thought …                                                                                                                                         Jimmy Bell
CLICK HERE  Listen To Early Music By:   Jimmy Bell
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Hand of GOD Music Psalm 71:23 NIV  My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you - I whom you have delivered.
Cover Music You may be asking what style of Christian music will this band perform?  Traditional, Contemporary, Hymns etc. For the most part Contemporary Christian will be the main focus.  Some Traditional and Hymns may be done also. In fact some of the older songs might work well if redone with a modern sound.  Below you will find a short list of material that will be covered.  Keep in mind there are various versions to many of these songs done by other artists, and even different versions by the original artist.  Choosing the perfect version will probably be a discretionary band effort.  Whatever version may suit the band best.  Each song title is a Youtube link that will open a new browser window.
In Search Of Excellence Psalm 33:3  Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. It is worth noting that we are playing music for God.  To honor Him and to praise Him.  With that said, the highest degree of talent and skill should always be sought after.  God does not need us to be perfect, but he does want us to be our best.  Whether one is performing in a church, a Christian event, or even to a secular audience, profound practice is in order.  Practice as a group, and individual practice as well.  Some will say that playing and singing from the heart, or being anointed is all that is important when performing Christian music.  If that be the case then I could play a song anyway I felt like.  I could change the words, sing out of tune, play wrong chords, and miss the beats etc.  All in the name of the claim that I’m doing it from my heart.  I would expect this from an audience or congregation singing along with a Christian band.  After all, they may not be trained or skilled as a musician. But as a musican, and a musician for God, it is up to us to be our very best.  It is up to us to practice and be skillful at our chosen instruments.  How else can one expect to effectively lead others in worship?  If one is not confident in their musical delivery be it vocally or instrumentally how does that draw a congregation or audience in?  The answer is simple … it usually doesn’t!  All the passion in the world without skillful playing usually comes across as looking phony or contrived.  An audience can sense when something is not right and you can lose them fast.  One little distraction or mistake can take them from giving praise to being dazed and confused, trying to figure out what just happened! Does one not think that God would not know just how much effort, dedication, and committment one places on the music they play for Him?  I think not!  God does know!  The more skillful one becomes for Him, the greater the amount of anointing one will receive. If we turned it into an equation it would look like this:  Practice = Confidence = Passion = Anointing = Pleasing to God. Anything short of that could be compared to a bar band playing to an inebriated crowd who wouldn’t hear a mistake anyway. An article of interest that everyone should read can be found using the following link: Talent/Skill vs Anointing - Does God Really Care If It Sounds Good Or Not?  
I'm looking for musicians who are not afraid of doing some homework.  Let's face it, in this day and age time is a valuable commodity.  We all have jobs, families, other hobbies, and things we need to do aside from our musical ventures.  I know I do, I have to work to pay for all my toys!  If a band can only meet for a few hours once or twice a week you just can't learn the material, or get any good trying to squeeze it all together in that short amount of time.  When it comes to learning cover songs a little homework needs to be done.  Each player should learn their part(s) the best they can to any required song(s) at home, so they come prepared at practice to fine tune the song(s) with the group.  It just doesn't work very well if everyone is trying to learn something on the fly in a group setting.  One person may be trying to listen to a guitar part, while the bass player and drummer are off playing some groove, and if you have two singers singing sha na na!  It often can turn into wasted time and frustration. Get the basics down at home so you come to practice with confidence in knowing your part(s). My opinion and theory on playing cover songs is this: 1)  Critically listen to the songs to disern all the      important parts and key elements. 2)  Strive to emulate each part or instrument,      that includes vocals as close as possible. 3)  Pay close attention to arrangements, and      how the song builds from beginning to end. Note:  Doing the above will not only make one a better musician for it, but it will teach one how to effectively write their own song(s).  Does anyone think professional musicians did it differently?  I hope not.  It would be a rare exception.  Most learned and emulated their peers and then went on to what we might consider to be an original artist. So ………. Be a COPY CAT to the best of your ability.  If you can't play it or copy it perfectly, find a way to play it as close as possible for your level of ability.  If there's a drum fill somewhere in the song and you can't match that exact fill, at least play something close, and at the same spot(s) in the song. If there's a guitar riff somewhere and you can't match it exactly do something similar and close. Eventually it may evolve into playing the correct fills or riffs etc. People are creatures of habit, and they grow used to hearing their favorite artists and songs.  When they hear a song by their favorite artist covered by another band they expect to hear a close rendition of it. It doesn’t matter what genre it is; rock, blues, country, folk, and yes even Christian music. It’s still a cover song one is playing … so cover it.  “Do It Justice”  It’s not your song so play it as the original artist intended it to be played and heard. If one wants to put their own spin on a particular song that’s fine.  But learn the rules first, learn the song and determine if your spin is worthy or not.  Sometimes the term “we’re putting our spin on it” is just an easy way out for not playing the song correctly.  Or not taking the time it takes to learn it correctly. If one chooses to make a particular song their own that’s an entirely different story.  But then really make it your own.  Place your signature sound and instrumentation on it that makes a real statement.  Something that will tell everyone that you are playing this song this way because you want too, and not because you haven’t first learned to play it right.  That statement may not sit well with some, but in order to effectively break the rules you must first know the rules. In all honesty when I stumble on a song that may be technically difficult for me, I look for close alternatives I might employ in my playing.  I then ask myself if my alternative in how I play it sounds convincing?  Or does it come across as a lame representation of the song?  If it turns out to be the latter … why would I want to play that song for anyone, let alone God?  Why would I not practice it more, over and over again until I finally did get it right?  Why would I put the cart before the horse? I have seen many musicians trying to play certain songs when they haven’t the skills yet to be playing those songs.  In a nutshell it boils down to CRITICAL LISTENING, PRACTICE, and MORE PRACTICE. One should never play a song before its time in my opinion.  That would stand true for covers and originals or you may come across looking unprepared and less than professional.  As a musician one can’t let personal vanity enter in.  What I mean by that is just because one may like or relate to a particular song, that they feel the need to play it.  If we feel the need to play a particular song we should learn it well, or don’t play it at all.   I’ll end on that thought …                                                           Jimmy Bell
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CLICK HERE  Listen To Early Music By:   Jimmy Bell
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