16 Feb 2016
Projecting song lyrics on Sundays was really my first love in church media. It plays into what I consider one of the most essential responsibilities of the local church – going above and beyond to make it easy for people to get involved. When you provide lyrics to your worship songs, you put everyone in your auditorium on an equal playing field. Whether they’re in a pew every Sunday or haven’t darkened the doorway of a church in years, providing lyrics makes it easy for everyone to participate.
Because so many eyes will be focused on them throughout your service, it’s important to make sure that your lyric slides are organized and done correctly. Here are six quick changes that will keep your slides looking good:
1. Remove Labels and Instructions
Simplicity goes a long way when your congregation is reading lyrics during worship. There’s no need for labelling each part of the song (bridge, chorus, etc.) or even providing instructions (repeat, x2, etc.). Instead, just provide the lyrics exactly as they’re to be sung.
2. Avoid Getting Too Close To The Edges
This is a mistake that’s often made with good intentions. It can be tempting to squeeze in those few extra words, but crowding the lyrics on your slide gets messy fast. Split your lyrics into two slides or use a smaller font size to maintain your professional look.
3. Use No More Than 1-3 Lines Per Slide
The quickest way to add confusion and distraction to your lyric slides is by having too many lines on the screen. Keeping your slides to a 1-3 line max makes it easier for your congregation to follow along and for new singers to jump in at any given time.
4. Ditch Commas or Periods At The Ends
These are lyrics, not sentences that require perfect punctuation. For a much cleaner look, delete the commas and periods on the end of lines. The line-break is more than enough for your congregation to recognize that there is a separation.
5. Avoid Repeating Lines
Why have two lines if one will suffice? If a song has a repeating line, cut one of them from your slide and show off that background! Not only does it look a lot cleaner, but it portrays that the song is really easy to jump into for those just coming in.
6. Emphasize Key Phrases With Larger Text
This change isn’t about fixing a problem as much as it’s taking your slides to the next level. During some of the most powerful parts of the song, try increasing the font size on some of the key phrases. This often comes during the chorus or bridge. (Tip: Less is more. This works best on slides with short phrases.)
Do you have any other changes that you’d add to the list?
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