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Bridging Between Songs

What do I mean by bridging in worship? Well basically it is the linking of two songs during the time of worship, which keeps the flow and the continuity if the worship going. A lot of experience musicians will know what I mean by this. You can not do this off the cuff as it were, the musicians in the worship team need to be aware of what is going on and follow the lead of the worship leader, that is why practising together regularly is important.

The worship leader also needs to give clear instructions to the congregation as well, there are several ways you can do this.

[1] To tell the congregation at the beginning of the worship time that you are going to link two or three songs together.

[2] To give the name of the song during the link, while playing the introduction.

One of the most common ways in which to link songs is to use songs in the same key, for instance, Great is the Lord [A]and All heaven declares [A] or Come let us sing for joy to the Lord [G] and Jesus we celebrate your victory [G] Using two songs in the same key is one of the easiest ways of linking them together, because you can use the root chord. But it is important that this should not be done because it is convenient, but that you should use songs that follow the same theme. Also if the two songs have different tempo’s you can use the link to build the tempo.

The hard bit comes when you want to keep the flow of the worship going and you want to change to another song that the Lord has inspired you to use, but the problem is its in another key. That is where learning chord modulations come into play, chords that will link you from one song to another which are in different keys. A useful tool is to make a table of modulation chords (key changes)

Table of Modulation

New Key

A

Bb

B

C

Db

D

Eb

E

F

F#

G

Ab

Modulation

Bm7

Cm7

C#m7

Dm7

Ebm7

Em7

Fm7

F#m7

Gm7

G#m7

Am7

Bbm7

Chords

E7

F7

F#7

G7

Ab7

A7

Bb7

B7

C7

C#7

D7

Eb7

If you were playing a song in the Key of G major, and you wanted to play a song that was in the key of A major, look along the top line of table until you come to the key of A, the modulation chords to get you into this key are under the letter.

e.g. G - Bm7 - E7 - A

You could use just the one chord of E7 if you wanted to.

Author:Paul Unsworth

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