I had a quick practical question that some of you have probably encountered before.
It's been mentioned before that we should keep worship songs in between the two C's in pitch so that the congregation can sing them easily.
However, let's say I'm leading a song that's in C and only has notes within the 4th (from C to F). For a song like this, should I sing from middle C or should I sing from the C below middle C?
When I sing the lower one, it's at the bottom end of my range and things sound a bit dark. I can do it that way without a problem though but feel more comfortable singing the higher one.
But if I sing the higher one, will others (most likely the men) in the congregation think I'm singing too high, not realizing that they can sing the octave below me and be back in a comfortable range?
Is it important that I sing the melody on that lower octaves, while the Sopranos in the vocal team sing in the octave above me, so that both the men and women in the congregation hear an exact pitch that's in their comfortable range (verses having to sing an octave up/down)?