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5 Tips For Rehearsing Great Worship Song Outros

Try experimenting with your musicians. Tell them to drop out on a specific bar just to try it out, and then explain your plan for the ending as they do.

Then, decide. This gives confidence to your band and puts everyone on the same page.

3. Practice the big finish.

Many leaders (and bands) spend much more time practicing the intro to a song rather than focusing the outro and working on how they’ll transition into the next song. Practice that finish over and over.

Here’s one worship leader’s method:

“I turn my microphone and monitor toward the band – I find this works for rehearsing outros, intros, and full songs alike – and talk them through the song as we go along.

This way, everyone’s on the same page as they read my body and facial language. When I turn around, they ‘get it.’

4. Loop the outro.

Have the band play the outro over and over. Finish the song, and then go back into the last few bars. Keep looping those bars. Continue this practice until the outro starts to settle in the musicians.

If your rehearsal is mid-week, your band may have forgotten how the outro was originally practiced by the time Sunday comes around.

If you loop the outro over and over in your mid-week rehearsal, your band will come with a little stronger frame of reference for how the song is supposed to end on Sunday.

5. Work the transition.

How the song ends has everything to do with how the next song begins. Practice the tail end of the song as it moves into the top of the next. This is also called “tail and top” practicing.

Understanding how “top and tail” practicing affects your worship set is the key to creating smooth transitions in all your sets. Practice your transitions between songs. Take the time, and you won’t regret it.

If time is short in a rehearsal, go right to the top and tail transitions. The song will probably play itself, and you’ll be glad you tightened up the outros and intros.


Try at least one idea for the next time you meet.

  • Decide how your song is going to end, and relay this information clearly to your band members.
  • If your musicians are confident in what they will be playing, it will make your transition much stronger and smoother.
  • Practice your outro repeatedly, and then connect it to the beginning of the next song. Give your musicians a strong sense for how the song is going to end, and how the next one is going to begin.

This article on rehearsing song outros originally appeared here, and is used by permission.


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Dan Wilt, M.Min. is an artist, author, musician, educator, songwriter, communicator, and spiritual life writer. With 20+ years in the Vineyard family of churches, he serves in various ways to further a “New Creation” centered vision of the Christian life through media.