Author: JeffCranfillMusic

Musicians Institute – Places to Go, People to See – Or How to Get Your People to Come to Rehearsal

April 2018 MUSICIANS INSTITUTE Places to Go, People to See – Or How to Get Your People to Come to Rehearsal Jeff Cranfill The case (As if you didn’t already know) Think back over the last week, then the last month. How crowded was your day, your week? How busy were you? The members of […]

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Musicians Institute – Warm Ups For Your Instrumental Group – Part 2 – How?

May 2017 WARM-UPS FOR YOUR INSTRUMENTAL GROUP – PART 2 – HOW? Jeff Cranfill Using short pieces, exercises or scales is ideal for beginning a rehearsal. Before the demands of many orchestra pieces, these warm ups give the orchestra an opportunity to focus on these aspects of performance. They help set the course for how […]

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Musicians Institute – Warm-ups For Your Instrumental Group – Part 1 – Why?

April 2017 WARM-UPS FOR YOUR INSTRUMENTAL GROUP – PART 1 – WHY? Jeff Cranfill How does your usual day begin – I mean what are the first things you do? Perhaps it goes something like this – you open your eyes, jump to your feet and run 5 miles. As difficult, harmful, and crazy as […]

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Musicians institute – Orchestras In Church Ministry Today

ORCHESTRAS IN CHURCH MINISTRY TODAY Jeff Cranfill From time to time I get involved in conversations about orchestras playing in worship services. Musical instruments are included as part of the worship services in many churches in many parts of the world, as they have been for decades. There are some people in these conversations who […]

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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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