...doesn't mean that you should USE IT AT ALL TIMES... Church praise team, Wednesday nights. We rock it hard, and we get a lot of high school kids in (including a surprising amount of goth/punk kids that you wouldn't expect to see in church). When I showed up, this teen girl was singing lead, and her friend was singing "backup" (ie also melody). Neither was good necessarily, but I was the new guy on drums, so I didn't worry about it. The band also had an acoustic guitarist/singer (who's good - he plays in a local band), and an amazing lead guitarist. The bassist is the lead singer's fiance. Well, long story short, the bassist (who also leads the middle school youth group) and the singer get pregnant. Both step down from leadership roles in the church. My sister, who plays bass in my band, steps into the bass playing role and she eventually starts singing lead. The acoustic player and I start singing backups, and we start getting VERY TIGHT. Fast forward to last week. The lead singer girl and her friend come back (she's still pregnant, and obviously so, but apparently the shotgun wedding from a few months ago is enough to put her back in the church's good graces). All musical synergy is destroyed. Frustration abounds. And on top of that, the lead singer's friend INSISTS upon singing when we've stopped... into the microphone... with no semblance of relative pitch... OVER AND OVER AGAIN... You want to talk about doodling on the guitar? It's nowhere NEAR as irritating as singers who insist upon talking to the band through the mic (when they're standing 3 feet away from you) and SINGING through the mic as we're trying to work out difficult passages. The church often finds itself in this difficult position. When the service started, there were 15 people attending, and 5 wanted to be involved with music. So what if 2 of them are tone deaf? But now that the service is up to 50 kids regularly, and there are 10 kids sitting out there that WANT to be involved and are better musicians, but CAN'T because the non-musicians are holding those "roles"... How do you ask them to step aside without defeating their enthusiasm?