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Alexon Enfiedjian is one my Twitter buddies—I only knew him as the brain behind these worship team training podcasts until this review request came along. Now I know him as a gifted worship songwriter too!

It's always a joy to discover new worship artists and discovering Alexon was no exception.

"Ancient of Days" is Alexon's newest record. There are 7 songs here, which in his words span across "God's sovereignty in the midst of chaos, confusion and hurt. My hope is that these songs will encourage and strengthen those in a difficult season or longstanding trial."

About the songs

  • 'Only Your Name' is a melodic mid tempo song proclaiming the uniqueness and power of the Name of Jesus
  • 'Wait For You Here' is a slow tempo reflection on our trials, failures and low points of our lives and how much we need God in those moments
  • 'Guide Us On' is a prayer seeking wisdom  to know God's ways in the midst of the many choices surrounding us
  • 'We Know Your Love' is a moving encouragement to trust the Lord and find hope in His love during tragedy and hurt
  • 'Psalm 23' is... well... you can take an easy guess! But, trust me, this is a lovely take on this famous Psalm quietly confessing that God is always with us
  • 'Come Restore Me' is a song of the prodigal returning back to God seeking forgiveness and restoration
  • 'Ancient of Days' closes the album with a powerful declaration that no matter what happens in the world around us, the Lord is sovereign over it all—this is my favorite song in this project!

Lyrically, all of these songs are honest, theologically truthful and simple—worship leaders will find it easy to learn these songs if they want to introduce them to their congregations.

And did I mention, Alexon is generously giving away the entire album for free? However, I encourage you to support his ministry by making a donation when downloading it—it will help him recover some of his costs incurred to produce this album.

Here you go:

"Ancient of Days" by Alexon [Album Review]

By Gangai Victor →

Music Theory

For a worship guitarist, knowing chord shapes, a few strumming patterns and some simple techniques like right hand damping is usually sufficient to play in a worship session—that and lots of practice hours of course!

However, good musicians are rarely satisfied with what they already have—they are more excited about augmenting their skills with new ones.

Music theory is valuable if you want to deeply understand and appreciate music. It can also help you explore music more creatively.

While you can always enroll for music theory classes offline, these 4 resources can help if online learning is your thing.

4 Free Online Resources to Learn Music Theory



Concepts that you can learn include Staff, Clefs, Ledger lines, Time signatures, meter, Scales, intervals, chords, chord progressions and more! All lessons are free to access on a browser. There are also mobile apps for iOS users, which can be purchased to support this resource.

Lessons are quick and cover only the essentials. So, if you don't have a lot of time to spare, this is quite a useful resource.

Yale Music Theory Course

This is a collection of 22 YouTube videos that teach a wide variety of music theory concepts right from learning to listen to music to understanding various musical genres.

Each video is around 60 minutes taught by Prof. Craig Wright from Yale University.

If you have the time, this is an outstanding resource—there are videos on introduction to musical instruments, different genres (including Gregorian), melody, bass patterns, studies of Mozart, Beethoven and others.

If you're serious about studying music theory, you should check it out!

Music Fundamentals 101

This is another valuable YouTube resource—a collection of more than 20 videos of classes taught by Pebber Brown, a highly trained and qualified guitarist.

Lots of good stuff here and it's all free!

Learning Music With Ray

This is a worship focused collection of YouTube videos covering concepts like improvisation, time signatures, key, pitch, harmony etc.

Videos also cover basics of various musical instruments like keyboard, clarinet, trumpet, percussion and more.

Are you interested in music theory? Are there other free resources worth checking out? Do share your in the comments below.

4 Free Resources to Learn Music Theory Online

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Here’s a project that I’ve been working on for most of this year!

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‘Tuned to the Key of Praise’ is my new EP of 6 original songs that have been stirring in my heart for many years now.

This is an EP created for congregational worship with a variety of songs that are guaranteed to lift you up in joyful praise and immerse you in passionate worship.

This project is extra special to me simply because of the many friends who generously pitched in to raise the bar with respect to the quality of the vocals and music!

About the Songs in the Key of Praise

  1. Tuned to the Key of Praise—an up-tempo opener exhorting the church to give thanks and celebrate in the joy of the Lord.
  2. Awake O My Soul—a mid-tempo call to worship exalting Christ for who He is and what He has done for us.
  3. Your Grace is Enough—an encouragement to hold on to the Rock during the storms in our lives.
  4. Lamb of God—a Good Friday hymn retelling the timeless story of the passion from Gethsemane to the Cross.
  5. Alive—an upbeat Easter song proclaiming the resurrection.
  6. Stay With Us—a post-communion prayer seeking the Lord's presence to be with us always.

Tuned to the Key of Praise—a Worship Resource

These songs are meant to be used in corporate worship, which is why you can get the lyric and chord charts and more for free!

Head over to to download lyric files, chord charts and more!

To start with, you can listen online and download the songs for FREE!

Here you go:

As and when I release song videos, you will get to know about it—so stay tuned.... to the key of praise!

EP Credits

Did you listen to these new worship songs? If you did, please take a few moments to leave a comment and let me know your thoughts and feedback, I’d love to hear from you!

Now Available: Tuned to the Key of Praise [FREE Download!]

By Gangai Victor →

Pocketful of Faith Album Cover

Tim Hughes is one of the most consistent and influential worship songwriters out there today. I mean, you can just close your eyes and pick up anything that he releases—whether it's a solo project or a collective record with Worship Central. So a request to review his material is no doubt exciting!

According to Tim, "Pocketful of Faith" is a collection of songs that captures his journey of shifting from his regular church in London to Birmingham where he has been instrumental in planting a new church.

About the songs

The album opens with the powerful "Here With Me" declaring that God is our help and hope in every time of need—easily one of the best songs on this project.

"Only the Brave" continues these themes further, after which we get to listen to the title track. "Pocketful of Faith" encourages us to step out in faith now—instead of waiting too long and live in regret later because of missing out on the adventure God has in store for us today. The song is also interestingly arranged starting out with simple piano work and then exploding into an anthemic bridge full on, it's great!

"Symphony" describes the restoration we enjoy because of the love and grace of God. "Set Apart" from last year's worship central project follows and it sounds just as great as it did there—if you haven't added this song to your master song list by now, please do yourself a favor and do so right away—it's brilliant!

There are more worship goodies—"Arms" is a beautifully crafted song about trusting God and finding rest in Him. "Sky High" celebrates God's majesty and His inexhaustible love. Two more fine songs from "Set Apart" find a place here—"The Cross Stands" and "The Way". in fact, there are two versions of the latter including a sweet acoustic one.

"Hope and Glory" is a moving intercessory song calling on God's mercy and power to revive us again. The album closes with "Hallelujah" motivating us to remain in God and worship Him continually.

Must-have songs?

"Here With Me", "Hope and Glory", "Set Apart", "Pocketful of Faith", "The Way" and "Arms".

What stands out throughout this project is the heart of the songwriters—especially the willingness to be transparent about their vulnerabilities, fears, joys and worship God in every season.

So is this my favorite Tim Hughes record? No, but then it'd be a tough task to better a record like "Love Shines Through"—even for Tim!  However, this project does deliver on what Tim does best—singable church-friendly songs, many of which should easily enter set-lists of worship leaders worldwide.

And now, for the giveaway!

Leave a comment below (don't forget to fill in your email-ID) listing your favorite songs written by Tim Hughes for a chance to win a digital copy of "Pocketful of Faith"—there will be two winners.

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"Pocketful of Faith" by Tim Hughes - Review and Giveaway!

By Gangai Victor →


I believe 50% of good worship leading is all about good song selection—the right songs by themselves will influence worship positively and reduce the pressure on the worship leader. So, it goes without saying that dropping the ball on song selection will usually shipwreck the worship!

Constructing an effective set-list requires diligent praying, meticulous planning and prudent prep-work. Here are five habits of worship leaders who deliver effective set-lists consistently:

5 Essential Habits to Create Powerful Worship Set Lists

Habit #1: Listen to worship music… a lot!

As a matter of fact, I only listen to worship music… and no, I don’t miss any other music!

There’s an avalanche of new songs to pick from today—anyone who plays an instrument with a computer + Internet connection can create and release songs. The problem is in navigating the flood of material out there and discarding the low quality stuff to collect the songs that are best suited for your congregation. Some of the best sources of songs are:

  • CCLI’s lists of top worship songs is a good place to start finding out songs that are trending around the world
  • WorshipTogether is a great collective of songs, videos etc. from a wide variety of worship artists and labels
  • Your favorite songwriters/labels who have consistently provided songs for your previous set-lists. Paul Baloche, Matt Redman, Vineyard Music, Chris Tomlin, Israel Houghton, Matt Maher, Tim Hughes, Passion and so on
  • Song Discovery CDs from the folks at Worship Leader magazine
  • Worship artist channels on YouTube
  • WeAreWorship is another excellent resource worth checking out for new and old music

Make listening to new music a consistent habit—but don’t try to keep up with everything that gets released either—that’s a race nobody is going to win! Prioritize a few good and consistent sources and check out others whenever possible.

Lastly, don’t ignore the songs that you might be writing too—be faithful to the craft that God has gifted you with and pursue it joyfully.

Habit #2: Maintain a Song Base

Apart from listening, whenever you come across a song that stands out, add it to your Song Base, which is basically a master list of usable worship songs.

When maintaining the song base, be purposeful—don’t add every ‘nice’ song that you hear. The standard should be as high as possible to add only the best of the best songs—as for me, I probably add just one new song to my base on a monthly or bi-monthly basis.

The song base should also be neatly organized with theme, lyrics, chords, preferred key and any other aspect that is important to you.

Habit #3: Care about God

The best set-lists comes out of asking two critical questions, the first one of which is “What do people need to sing to the Lord?”, the key word being ‘need’.

When we place words and prayers into the hearts and mouths of our people through the songs that we select, we should seriously consider if the words are worth singing to the Lord. Are the lyrics authentic, rich in theology, coherent, expressive and reverent? If the answer is not a resounding “yes!”, please pick another song.

Habit #4: Care about people

Here’s the second critical question: “What can people sing to God?”, the key word being ‘can’.

We also need to consider if it’s singable for the average person in the congregation and if it’s playable for our worship team (they are people too!).

Look for songs that are simple, engaging and easy to learn. For example, no matter how beautiful the song is, if I cannot learn it in five listens, it won’t get into my song base.

Simplicity beats complexity any day.

Habit #5: Think fluidity

I’ve explained the various factors to consider when planning the flow between songs in my ebook “Creating Flow—Simple and Practical Songs Transition Ideas”—it’s FREE if you subscribe to my blog, go get it now!

Or better still, you can get “The Worship Kenbook”, which explains in greater detail, most of what I know and practice in worship ministry including song selection—you may have seen it in the list of Top 100 books on worship published by WorshipTheRock.

Okay, shameless sales pitch aside, connecting the songs with prayers, scripture etc. apart from musical concepts like key, tempo and so on is highly significant when putting together a worship set-list and should not be overlooked or ignored. Planning transitions could be the X factor in delivering an engaging, full-of-life worship session, trust me!

Most importantly, we need to spend time in prayer regularly seeking the Holy Spirit’s inspiration and guidance. Remember, prep-work cannot replace prayer and prayer cannot replace prep-work!

What do you focus on when selecting songs for worship? Do leave a comment and share your thoughts and ideas.

Nail Your Song Selection For Worship With These 5 Essential Habits

By Gangai Victor →


Your hairdo was distracting… the drums were too loud... you talked too much/little… your jeans were too tight…

We worship leaders face our fair and sometimes unfair share of feedback, right?!

While constructive feedback is essential for our improvement, receiving negative feedback is not the most enjoyable pastime for anyone! Let’s remember that when we also give feedback to others—so that we may be responsible, kind and fair.

So how can we critique without hurting/offending?

6 tips for productive feedback sessions

Good things first

“Compliment in public, criticize in private” is a golden rule here—never, ever get into the negative stuff when there are other people around.

Always start with what went well and express the good stuff honestly.

Then get into the areas of improvement.

Specificity beats fuzzy opinions

“I just couldn’t get into that song that you led” is fuzzy opinion—doesn’t help anyone.

“The 2nd song that you played today… I think it needs a little more work to make it friendlier for our congregation. The tempo felt rushed and the key was a bit out of our range….” This is specific, and constructive and probably won’t hurt the worship leader’s feelings.

So, as people of God, it’s our duty to open our ears to know what our worship sessions are doing to our congregations.

Converse, don’t demand

“I didn’t like the way you jumped into the slower songs, make sure you avoid that next time!” That’s more of a demanding command or a commanding demand!

Person giving feedback: “What was the tempo for ‘Everlasting God’?”

Worship leader: “Around 100bpm or so.”

Person giving feedback: “And the song that you played next, “You Alone Can Rescue’?”

Worship leader: “Hmmm… that was around 74bpm I guess.”

Person giving feedback: “Aaah I see, that’s why it felt like a plunge… don’t you think that’s too much of a drop… 100 to 74?”

Worship leader: “Yeah… probably… maybe we could have included another medium tempo song in between?”

Person giving feedback: “I think so… or maybe a 6/8 song—that can also make the landing easier….”

You see? Conversing together to come up with solutions is the way to go.


If you didn’t like something about the worship, ask the worship leader why it was done that way? Understand the other’s point of view instead of jumping to hasty conclusions.

By asking questions and listening, we might also learn something useful. Let’s not presume that we know everything. We do not!

Also, don’t forget to thank the worship leader for his/her ministry and for the time to have the feedback discussion.

All of these are things I’ve learned through experience—as much as I’ve received unfair feedback at times, oftentimes, I’ve also been guilty of critiquing others harshly.

Hopefully, these tips will help you as much as they’ve helped me.

Have you ever given feedback to worship leaders? Why don’t you share what went well and what could have been done better in the comments?

6 Good Practices to Slay the Unpleasantness While Giving Feedback

By Gangai Victor →


This is a follow up to my earlier post listing out songs suitable for worship during the Lenten season.

Let's get to the list right away (in alphabetical order):

  1. 40 Days (A Song for Lent) – Matt Maher
  2. Beautiful, Wonderful Cross – Matt Boswell
  3. Bread of the World in Mercy Broken – Zac Hicks & Cherry Street Worship
  4. Come and See – Jason Ingram, Matt Maher, Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin
  5. Create In Me A Clean Heart (Psalm 51) – Keith Green
  6. Great Redeemer – Paul Baloche
  7. Here I am to Worship – Tim Hughes
  8. How Great is the Love – Paul Baloche, Meredith Andrews
  9. Humble – Audrey Assad
  10. Jesus Draw Me Ever Nearer – Keith Getty, Margaret Becker
  11. Jesus Remember Me - Jacques Berthier (Taizé)
  12. Lord Have Mercy – Steve Merkel
  13. Love Ran Red – Chris Tomlin
  14. Now Behold the Lamb – Kirk Franklin
  15. O the Blood - Gateway Worship
  16. Stay with Me – Jacques Berthier (TaizĂ©)
  17. Surrender – Lincoln Brewster
  18. The Same Love – Paul Baloche
  19. The Victory – Phil Wickham
  20. What Have We Done? – Joe Day
  21. Your Blood Covers It All – Allie Lapointe, David Moffitt
  22. Your Cross is Enough – Worship Central

Here's a YouTube playlist to get you going:

"Lent is the perfect time to learn how to love again. Jesus—the great protagonist of this holy season—certainly showed us the way. In him, God descends all the way down to bring everyone up. In his life and his ministry, no one is excluded." - Pope Francis

What are your favorite songs for Lenten worship?

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22 More Meaningful Songs for Lenten Worship

By Gangai Victor →