CONTENTS (Improv for Singers & Instrumentalists)

Introduction

Part One: Rhythmic Freedom

1. Anticipating & Delaying Phrases

Part Two: Melodic Ornamentation

2. A Starting Place—Notes of Approach

3. A Starting Place—Notes of Departure

4. Connecting Melody Notes

Part Three: Melodic Re-Design

5. Replacing, Subtracting, Inverting Melody Notes

6. Tension Notes—The Appoggiatura

7. Projects

Part Four: Improvising Stylistically

8. Embellishing with the Pentatonic Scale

9. Blue & Hot: Basics of Blues & Gospel

Part Five: Extended Melodic Elaboration

10. Achieving Continuity through Sequences

11. Creating New Lines, Echoes

12. Reshaping Phrases, Paragraphs, Whole Pieces

13. Free Improvisation

Appendix 1: Chord Catalogue

Generated by Drs Barry Liesch and John Curtis Browning

Draft,  March 15, 2011

CONTENTS (Keyboard Bk I)

Part One: Pop Symbols, Basic Voicings & Progressions

1. Introduction Keyboard Improvisation Bk 1

2A. Working with Major and Minor Triads

2B. Working with Major and Minor Sevenths

3. Three Plus One, Four Plus Two Voicing

4. Father I Adore You (I-ii-V-I; I-IV-V-I)

5. Mastering an Essential Progression: ii-V-I

6. Practicing God is So Good/Amazing Grace

Part Two: Extending Your Harmonic Options

7. Added Seconds

8. Quartals I

9. Quartals II

10. Sus Chords—Ways to Incorporate

11. Sus Extensions—Lush & Beautiful

12. Doubles—Alternating Harmonies

13. Chord Substitutions—Think Down in Fifths

14. Chord Substitutions—Thinking in Thirds

15. Chord Substitutions— Ninth (No Third)

Part Three: Advanced Harmonic Concepts

16. Dominant & Secondary Dominant Relationships

17. Chords that Never Made the Hymnbook

Part Four: Different Styles

18. Jazz Embellishments & Country Hammers

19. Slow & Fast Gospel, Latin & Salsa

Part Five: Fashioning Modulations

20. Establishing the New Key—Modulation I

21. Smoothing the Transition—Modulation II

22. Advanced Techniques—Modulation III

Part Six: Leading Worship from the Keyboard

23. Intros

24. Outros, Turnarounds, Loops

25. Word Painting—Supporting the Text

26. Altered Fifths

27. Leading & Accompanying from Keyboards

Appendix 1 Pop Symbols vs Roman Numerals

Appendix 2 Different Scales for Different Chords

Appendix 3 Chord Catalogue

Generated by Dr. Barry Liesch at Biola University

Draft, May 2012

CONTENTS (Theory Bk Vol III)

28. Creating Backing Vocals

29. Creating Intros

30. Creating Outros, Turnarounds, Loops

31. Establishing the New Key—Modulation I

32. Smoothing the Transition—Modulation II

33. Creating String Parts

34. Leading the Worship Band

35. Projects/Exams

Appendix: Chord Catalogue

Generated by Dr. Barry Liesch at Biola University

Draft in Progress, May 2012

CONTENTS (Theory Bk Vol II)

13. Finding the Right Key

14. Creating Hymn Charts Simplifying

15. Creating Drones/Pedals—Simplifying

16. Progressions Down a Fifth—Building Up

17. Substitutions Down/Up a Third—Building Up

18. Sus Chords—Ways to Incorporate

19. Sus Extensions—Lush & Beautiful

20. Added Seconds

21. Quartals I

22. Quartals II

23. Substitution of Major Ninth (No Third)

24. Doubles/Alternating Chords

25. Altered Fifths

26. Integration Project

27. Exam

Chord Catalogue

Generated by Dr. Barry Liesch at Biola University

Draft in Progress, November 2012

CONTENTS (Theory Bk Vol I)

Introduction (unwritten)

1. Understanding Chord Symbols

2. Improving Notation Skills

3. Nashville Number Charts

4A. Reading & Writing Praise Charts I

4B. 24 Tips for Writing Better Charts

5. Reading & Writing Praise Charts II

6. Rhythm Section: Overview, Drums

7. Rhythm Section: Five Popular Worship Styles

8. Drumming Guide for Ten Worship Styles

9. Guitar/Bass Guide for Ten Worship Styles

10. Three Professional Rhythm Charts

11. Checklists for Backing Vocals, Rhythm Section

12. Exam

 

Generated by Dr. Barry Liesch at Biola University

Draft in Progress, April 2014

 

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The New Worship (paperback)

THIS IS THE PAPERBACK BOOK FOR WHICH

THE TEACHING POWERPOINTS WERE CREATED

You are not obligated to purchase the book! Use the PowerPoints as you wish. But to get more value out of them, you may want to get your copy of the paperback through Baker Books or Amazon (new or used).  Below see a brief description of the book & its table of contents.

The New Worship: Straight Talk on Music and the Church by Barry Liesch.  Baker Book House, 2001, 275 pages.

The New Worship is an “issues” book on contemporary worship practice.  It seeks to answer the barrage of questions being asked today, and provide practical help for the week-by-week planning of worship.

Topics/Issues: hymns vs choruses, free-flowing praise, divisiveness over style, implementing change, worship as performance, order of worship, staff relations, improvisation, the importance of Colossians 3:16/Eph 5:18.

A lot of effort went into the graphics, which contain many charts, figures, illustrations, and concept icons. Popular in style with a scholarly foundation, it has been used as a worship text by many colleges.

Contents of The New Worship

I. Contemporary Worship Services

1. Hymns or Choruses?

2. Teaching, the Spirit, & Congregational Song

3. Free-Flowing Praise

4. Journey into the Holy of Holies

5. Designing the Service

6. Drama, Scripture, Technology

7. Inspiring the People’s Song

II. Pressing Issues

8. Is Worship a Performance? The Concept

9. Is Worship a Performance? The Implications

10. Worship: Christ’s Action & Our Response

11. Worship that Models the Purpose of the Church

12. Resolving Tensions over Musical Style: Peter

13. Resolving Tensions over Musical Style: Paul

III. Ministering with Others

14. Volunteer & Staff Relations

15. Identifying, Attracting Church Musicians

16. Why Seminaries Should Teach Music & Worship

People in the Presence of God (paperback)

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THE TEACHING POWERPOINTS WERE CREATED

You are not obligated to purchase the book! Use the PowerPoints as you wish. But to get more value out of them, you may want to get your copy of the paperback through Zondervan or Amazon (new or used).  Below see a brief description of the book & its table of contents.

People in the Presence of God:  Models and Directions for Worship by Barry Liesch. Zondervan Publishing House, 1988, 352 pages.

Though written in 1988, its content hasn’t dated much. It attempts to get at the richness of worship in the Scriptures, to get really close to what is actually going on—especially from a musician-worship leader perspective. It has a big section on worship in the book of Revelation. It emphasizes the active use of the arts, cites a lot of Scripture, and intersperses contemporary applications throughout.  Popular in style with scholarly endnotes, a dozen colleges and seminaries have used it as a text. Nominated for a gold medallion award.

Contents of People in The Presence of God

I. Principles of Worship

1. Old Testament Principles

2. New Testament Principles

II. Family Worship

3. Learning from the Patriarchs

III. Worship in the Synagogue and Pauline Church

4. Pauline Worship: Balance or Chaos

5. Extraordinary Variety!

6. Back to the Fountainhead

7. Synagogue Worship: Patterns for Protestants

8. The Legacy: Corinth, Synagogue, Church Fathers, Puritans

IV. Worship in the Tabernacle and Temple

9. Tabernacle Worship: Drama

10.Tabernacle Worship:  Symbolism

11. Tabernacle Worship: Fine Arts

12. Temple Worship:  What is Davidic Praise

13. The Organization of Davidic Praise

14. Musical Style

15. Movement in Worship

16.Celebrating Festivals

V. Revelation Worship

17. Our Heaven on Earth

18. The Ultimate Drama

19. Symbolism: Old But New

20. Worship with Mystery

21. Product of God, Creator-Artist