Day: February 10, 2017

Experience can be bad and good…

Experience can be bad and good… In churches today, what a person experiences is being equated with scripture.  The emotions we feel are very real, and can make our experiences seem more “real” than truth we know and read from God’s Holy word.  A person doesn’t need to have an emotional buzz to worship.  Emotion […]

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Sunday worship in orchestra

Sunday worship in orchestra Getting one’s heart ready for worship is a focus of mine on Saturdays. Whatever else I do, I am thinking and looking and praying ahead about services tomorrow.  I set me heart to give to God the worship He deserves.  I also try to make sure I get to bed at […]

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Musicians Institute – Playing Difficult Orchestrations

Musicians Institute – January 2016 In an effort to help encourage and equip musicians, I am excited to launch the Musicians Institute. This will begin with an article each month or so on topics that have helped me as a director/writer and my players. I welcome your comments and questions. ————————————————————– Playing Difficult Orchestrations Jeff […]

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Musicians Institute – EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT INSTRUMENTAL REHEARSALS. Part 1

February 2016 EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT INSTRUMENTAL REHEARSALS. Part 1 – Preparation Jeff Cranfill Skillful Playing is Biblical! Sing to Him a new song Play skillfully with a shout of joy. Psalm 33:3 Clearly, we all have our limitations as musicians. We also know that our God deserves better than the best we could ever present […]

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Musicians Institute – EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT INSTRUMENTAL REHEARSALS. Part 2

March 2016 EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT INSTRUMENTAL REHEARSALS. Part 2 (continuation from February 2016 blog post) by Jeff Cranfill jeffcmusic.com Conducting This is a most comprehensive subject. Books have been written and cannot cover every aspect. This discussion will just target some essentials of clear conducting. For effective large ensemble performance, players must watch the conductor […]

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Musicians Institute – Ideas on Worship for Instrumentalists

April 2016 Ideas on Worship for Instrumentalists Jeff Cranfill Of all we do as instrumentalists, our highest calling is to give to God the worship He is due. As we play, there are many aspects of performance that command our attention. If we are not careful, worship can be crowded out of our heart. We […]

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