Have you ever wondered if you know enough about music to participate on a worship team? We are going to look at basic music terms that will be helpful to know while participating on a worship team.

Key Points:

  • The beat is the constant rhythmical pulse throughout the song.
  • Pitch is sometimes referred to as a note or tone, and is actually a much bigger concept within which these other terms fit.
  • Rhythm is the duration of each chord/note within the beat of the song, or how long you hold out each chord/note and works within the beat.
  • Tempo relates to how fast or slow the beat of the song is.
  • The dynamics determine how loud or soft each section of the song is.
  • Intonation determines if the pitch you are playing is in tune or out of tune.
  • Melody is the main vocal line that needs to stand out in each song and that is what the congregation will sing along with.
  • A harmony is a parallel melody and plays a supporting role to the melody.
  • An interval is the distance between two notes in a key.
  • A chord is usually a group of three notes played together at the same time.
  • Keys are synonymous with “scale” and have 12 major and 12 minor key signatures to work with in music.
  • Scale degrees are numbers one through seven which correspond to notes in a scale and help with transposing between songs and playing within structures and numerical values.

Quote This:

Music is made up of many little components that, when put together, make something impressive.

See Also: Worship Teams

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