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WorshipInfo.com is intended to be an action site where you browse and download what you desire.  Use the pull-down menus or search box. See download tag at left bottom corner of each file. If you have benefited by reading or downloading, comment & help me understand what has been valuable.
Keyboard Worship (4 improv books)

      NEW!  As of July 31, Books 1 & 2 have been formatted for publication. Final proof reading is going on now. Covers yet to be designed. Published no later than September. Each 200 page paperback book will be at Amazon (under $10). Mp3 audio files (over 300 per book) will be posted here. Roughly 20 chapters per book. Two sample chapters are posted for your perusal: one easy at intermediate level, one difficult at advanced level.

University Materials

Basically, you’re getting what my students have been receiving—the result of teaching at Biola University, an evangelical college in the LA area where I head up the Music in Worship program in the Music Conservatory. Material here include the following:

  • The New Worship Theory Bk (3 vols-35 chapters)
  • Improvisation for Singers & Instrumentalists Bk (13 chapters)
  • Teaching PowerPoints (close to 50)

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The People in the Presence of God and The New Worship PowerPoints supplement books published by Zondervan and Baker books. If you want to procure a copy, see files. When initially viewed on your screen, the PowerPoint formatting may appear to be off.  Enlarge it, or better yet, download it, and all will be fine.

Drafts/Updates/New Stuff

Drafts are continuing to be revised as I teach. Updates will be posted. New chapters/works will appear.

29 thoughts on “WorshipInfo.com

  1. hi.. thanks for the lessons.. its a great joy that you share.. i can imagine how heaven will be looking at the love christians can have for one another.. im sure this kind of giving is a kingdom giving and i know that God has done great work in you and thru your ministry.. im sure a heart which reaches out to the lost souls can do this.. and im glad to receive your portion of the body of christ.. though we are not in the same local church we belong to the Body of christ.. im glad im saved!!!! thanks again!!


  2. I’m trying to track down an article by Barry Liesch titled, “14 Ways Pastors Can Improve Congregational Song”. I need to be able to cite the source ASAP. Thanks.

    • Jeffrey, that may have been something I wrote some time ago. I’ll look around and see if I can find it. Right now, I don’t even remember writing anything with that title, though the topic would be something that would seriously have my attention.

  3. Any help you could give would be appreciated. I have the following sentence in which I quoted you. “Ensure congregational singing is linked to a life-style worship; that there is a continuation between the life lived Monday through Saturday and the songs sung on Sunday.” Thanks again.

      • Dr. Liesch,

        the Director of the Doctoral Ministry program at Nazarene Theological Seminary, Dr. Douglas Hardy, suggested, “You could also ask Dr. Liesch if he would be willing to be attributed to the quote (or a variant that he would approve)—then you could cite it as a conversation with a current date.” Would this be acceptable to you?

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  7. Hello,

    This is a great website!!

    I have been experimenting a lot with improvisational worship music as part of my home church worship services. I regularly play electric guitar and lead worship songs vocally at these worship services.

    I look forward to learning more from this website.

    Thank you very much,

    Gary L
    Southern NH

    • Gary,
      I’ve been working hard on keyboard improv (only). Starting in Jan 2018, I have a sabbatical for 15 weeks,
      and hope to get two of four books completed by the end of the summer. I should make an updated post on
      the work. i think the work will be more detailed, and more far reaching than the stuff out there for piano.
      A dozen keyboardists, keyboard teachers/profs, have been reading chapters and offering feedback.

  8. Hi again everyone,

    Does anyone know some talented people who are experimenting with improvisational electric guitar and/or vocals in worship music?

    I would be really interested to share experiences.

    Thanks for your help,

    Gary L
    Southern NH

  9. Hi everyone,

    I was just reading the article (and the posted comments) “How we arrived at Worship Choruses”.

    Comments are closed on that article, so I am posting here.

    Jay Dunning (age 75 musician) posted a very interesting comment.

    It sounded like Jay has sensed some of the young Worship team members (guitarists) are treating the worship services as a concert (at least somewhat) to showcase their talent.

    It really got me reflecting on my motivations to participate in the local church’s music ministry.

    Jay D: If you see this posting, I really appreciate your perspective and I would really appreciate hearing more from you.

    I am 38 years old and I play electric guitar and lead worship music vocally at my local church, so I am really interested in your perspective.

    Best regards,

    Gary L
    Southern NH

  10. Hi Dr L (and all),

    If you have a moment at some point, I would appreciate some feedback from you on the following thoughts… especially with any similar experiences that you have had.

    For many years, I participated on smaller worship teams where my rhythm guitar playing was more critical.

    The last few years, I have been blessed to participate on a larger worship team consistently of the following:

    – Keyboard & synth
    – Acoustic Drums
    – 2 electric guitars
    – Acoustic guitar
    – Bass guitar
    – 4-5 vocalists (some playing instruments)

    With this larger group, I have been blessed to play more in a “lead electric guitar” role when it was appropriate and enhanced worship. I also regularly lead worship vocally.

    My background was more rock and blues, so I have spent some time over the last few years expanding my familiarity (in guitar) with the major keys & scales found a lot in worship music.

    Sometimes in the midst of worship with the congregation / church body it is like the Holy Spirit takes me beyond my skills and familiarity.

    It is like the Holy Spirit tells me what to play and many times it is beyond my knowledge of how to use the scales.

    To be honest, it feels similar to how others currently describe speaking in tongues or in a prayer language.

    Have you experienced similar things when worshiping God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) through worship music (vocally, instrumentally, or both simultaneously)?

    Thanks for your help,

    Gary L
    Southern NH (United States)

  11. Hi everyone,

    I received some feedback on my comments above from my worship Pastor and a experienced worship leader & guitarist that I know.

    It seems that there is a balance that needs to occur between worshiping God individually and at the same time having focus on leading the congregation in a way that they can effectively respond to.

    If we go with the similarity between speaking in tongues and improvisational worship music, 1 Cor 14:4 and 1 Cor 14:17 are particularly interesting as the Apostle Paul teaches on in tongues in a public worship setting.

    I find this topic very interesting.

    Best regards,

    Gary Lawrence
    Southern NH (United States)

  12. Hi Dr L,

    You mentioned to me that having in mind both the vertical and horizontal dimensions of worship (or individual vs corporate) are very important.

    Would it be possible for you to expand on that topic?

    I think that I would benefit from it as well as others.


    Gary L
    Southern NH (United States)

  13. Hi everyone,

    On the topic of improvisational worship, I have found through experience that the congregation tends to respond well to improvisational lead electric guitar playing that is well placed during the singing of the worship song melody.

    However, if you deviate much from the melody and main lyrics in vocal improvisation others start to get distracted.

    To give a little context, these are lessons learned through leading worship music at highly John Wimber / Vineyard influenced local church in southern New Hampshire (New England).

    I hope these thoughts are helpful.

    Gary L
    Southern NH (United States)

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