Before we begin, a quick note about the why behind using the number system instead of the chord sheets we've always used.
Quite simply, it comes down to stewardship and flexibility. From a stewardship standpoint, we will vastly reduce the number of sheets we have to print (or number of files, if you've gone the electronic sheet route). As to flexibility, we have multiple vocalists and they don't all sing every song in the same key. The number system will allow us to use one sheet for all keys or even if there are key changes within the song.
Since we've already covered Why, let's do a quick rundown of the rest of the interrogative paradigm.
Who needs this information?
Anyone playing a pitched instrument in the worship team (that's everything except drums). Vocalists, though not directly impacted, may find the information useful particularly when singing a harmony part.
What are we changing?
Instead of chord names (letters), chords will be represented by numbers that are based on the song's key.
When are we changing?
As soon as is practical. The change will be in stages, as new sheets have to be created.
Where will the new sheets be stored?
Most likely either Google Docs or Google Drive. If you're currently serving on the worship teams, you should already have access to our Google Drive for the music team. If you don't or you have recently joined the worship team, please let Joel know so you can get access.
One final note before we dig in. This is not intended to be a full music theory class. The intent is to provide any musician with the basic information they need to be able to play music from the new charts. If you have questions that are not addressed in this material, please contact Joel Hare.