10 Of My Favorite Apps For The Worship Leader
Worship Leaders — here are some of my favorites:
Garage Band. It turns your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio. At $4.99, this one cost a little more, but it’s worth it. About everything you can do on your Mac laptop, you can do on your handheld device. It keeps my mind busy and creative.
Cleartune Chromatic Tuner. It is a chromatic instrument tuner and pitch pipe that allows you to quickly and accurately tune your instrument using the built-in mic in your iPad, iPhone or using an external mic on your 2nd or 3rd generation iPod Touch. Perfect tuner for the road.
QuickVoice Recorder. This is the most popular, full-featured voice recorder available. Record ideas, voice memos, voice email, dictation, lists, meetings…and song ideas. I use it all of the time. I have many hits waiting on my QuickVoice Recorder…I hope.
SongSuggest. Over 13,000 Downloads in less than 1 year. You can choose a theme, a key, and tempo — and SongSuggest will give you many praise and worship ideas. It’s also great for the worshiper who simply wants more info about their favorite worship song. Plus, I love the fact that a couple of worship leaders put this one out. Also, available in Spanish.
Kindle. With a Kindle account (free at Amazon), you can now download any of your songs or files to your account and they will be available on your Kindle app. I have all of my song charts…and more on my “Kindle”. It’s an easy way for me to have many of my docs from my laptop at any time — on the stage in the middle of a set, or on the road. Wherever, it’s a great app. (This can also be done in iBooks…for those who aren’t kindle fans).
Metronome. One of the first things I tell my students is to purchase a Metronome — if you can’t play with a metronome, you can’t play. Some days I can better than others. Most of you know what a metronome is, but if you don’t, you will have to download it to understand. It simply keeps a beat, and your goal is to stay on beat. Purchase it today and learn to play with a metronome.
TextPlus Silver. This is a free texting app, which gives my team another way to get in touch with me. The reason I suggest it, though, is because it’s the perfect way for anyone, including my wife and kids, to get in touch with me during a set. I constantly have my iPad on the stage with me, and the moment I have a text, it will pop up on my screen. Great way to communicate with the sound tech, the pastor, or another team member, as well.
Square. This is an app that gives you the ability to accept credit cards. I use it at every concert or convention where I may be selling product. I use it to receive registration fees for retreats or music camps. I use it to sell product on the internet. It’s a great app — and it’s free. You simply have to pay a very small charge (2-3%) for every purchase that you run with the Square. You can manually punch in the credit card information or you can you use the small attachment that they will send you to swipe the card, also free.
Holy Bible. Worship leaders, if you’re not in the Word, you’re not a true worship leader. We must worship first, before we expect our congregations to follow. I’m sure you know this, and I’m sure you already have the Bible downloaded into your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, but if you don’t, this is a great app. It includes about every translation out there today.
Angry Birds. I use this app when I’m needing to take out my frustration with that one band member or the associate pastor. I’m kidding (maybe, I’ll let you decide), but it is one game that gets my mind off of life for a few minutes. I encourage you to have a little fun at least a few minutes a day — if not with this app, find something.
What are some of your favorite apps?