An excerpt from Tony Guerrero’s article:
I”™ve written a little before about the need for quality, but it is such an important issue that it warrants deeper discussion. Sadly, it is a topic that is often low on the priority list in most music ministries.
Robert E. Webber writes: “Excellence is not a negotiable quality for church music: our worship of God demands our very best.”?
We are competing with the world, and musically, we”™re losing. The world offers people quality music. Record labels spend hundreds of thousands, if not millions, recording CDs by popular artists. People hear great music played on the radio, in concerts, even in nightclubs around the corner from church, and then we offer them bad songs, wrong notes and drummers they can”™t clap along to.
I see such a sharp divide in churches that focus on excellence and those that either do not try or just give up. I have visited several churches lately where the standard is remarkably high.
Tony Guerrero continues:
Wrong notes, bad time and out of tune instruments can all distract from the worship of the congregation. The level of music is basically relegated to the abilities of the weakest players so as not to lose them.
The better musicians on a team can get very frustrated not being able to play music that is of the quality they”™re capable of. Nobody practices for years to get good just to participate in mediocrity, and eventually talented team members can lose enthusiasm.