Overseers Adam Diehl & Jon Paul Robles

Tips for Playing 2nd Keyboard

Posted on January 11th, 2012 by adamdiehl

If you haven’t watched the video on creating an open sound, it’d be a good idea before you dig into this video. If you’re reading this on email or in an RSS reader, you will need to click on the title above to view this video on the cmiworship.com website.

Drumming in Worship Tips.

Posted on December 19th, 2011 by adamdiehl

Two things make a good drummer in a worship service: Steady Tempo and Consistency. Those are not the same thing. Carl Albrecht (who has played on more worship recordings that you can shake a stick at), has some great things to say about this. Check it in this video (you must follow the link).

Transitioning Smoothly.

Posted on October 24th, 2011 by adamdiehl

This tip comes from Jamie Brown of www.worthilymagnify.com. He discusses some very practical ways to include transitions in our worship sets. If you’re reading this in an RSS reader or email, you will need to click on the blog title, “Transitioning Smoothly” above to view this video in the cmiworship.com website.

Elecric Guitar Tips

Posted on September 26th, 2011 by adamdiehl

This English guy has some incredible tips. I’m posting all five parts of his little workshop here. Here you can download the pdf of images that he is referring to in these videos.

Sounding Open (And Hip) on a Piano

Posted on August 29th, 2011 by adamdiehl

In this video, I expose my techniques for sounding more open and modern on a piano in a modern worship team.

Priceless Principles Part 3 of 5.

Posted on August 8th, 2011 by adamdiehl

This post is part of a series of posts summarizing five priceless principles from Joe Pace’s book “From Performance to Praise.” These concepts apply to every member of the worship team. For more information – read the book!

Priceless Principle #3

Those involved in Music Ministry are anointed and skillful.

First, let’s look at the word “anointed.”

  1. There are two types of skills: natural and learned. Natural skills and Learned skills both get their roots from God.
  2. We must stay connected to the source of our skill to invite the Lord’s anointing on us.
  3. “Skill is developed through practice and preparation. The anointing is not a substitute for either.” –Joe Pace

Second, let’s look at the word “skillful.”

  1. Psalms 33:3, “Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.”
  2. Gifting never supercedes practice and work (2 Tim 2:15)
  3. Do your homework. “You cannot just continue to skip through the tulips and not spend the necessary time it takes to make the music and songs you render to the Lord perfect . . . Does God deserve perfect praise?” – Joe Pace.

Bottom line – pull your weight on the team. If one person is unprepared and did not do their part, it will hold the team back from giving God their very best collective effort.

Singers: What Would You Do if the Bulbs Burnt Out?

Posted on June 20th, 2011 by adamdiehl

Now don’t run ahead of me for the answer. This is probably not a situation we encounter very often when we’re leading worship. However, I would like to address a vocal issue that all singers need to be using when communicating words of songs.

Have you ever been to a soloist or group concert? Maybe you’ve been to a vocal recital or an Opera performance sung in English. In these situations nothing is more frustrating for me than not to understand the words that are being sung by the performers.

In today’s worship settings churches use some way of letting the congregation see the lyrics of songs in a service. If your church uses some type of printed materials, you may not see the point of my presentation, but believe me; if you are part of a praise team this will be profitable to continue reading. If you are using a projection system, what would the congregation do if the bulb burnt out and they couldn’t see the lyrics? Would they be able to lean on the vocal team to use good vocal technique to communicate a clear, clean sound?

I realize the readers of this article may be at different levels of vocal training, development, and experience, but the principles are foundational to making individuals and the team as a whole good communicators.

Here then are some tips to gaining clear communication:
1. As a group, eliminate the vibrato. [If you are the lead singer on a verse I would encourage using your vibrato for energy and warmth] Too many “wiggles” can be a vocal disaster in pitch and blending. Remember a clean tone is the goal.

2. Practice reading the lyrics out loud. It will help in catching the emotion the songwriter felt. It will help to “mark” where you would normally breathe. It will help perfect your pronunciation.

3. When singing a long note, always “go for” and hold the vowel.

4. Consonants come in all varieties and flavors, i.e. dental, nasal, labial, pneumatic (hissers), and the “dreaded” R.

5. Always double-check the pronunciation of words. For example: does sure rhyme with her or poor. There is a difference. Or take the word because; does the second syllable sound like buzz or saws?

a. I’ll always remember an incident from my graduate work at IU in Bloomington. A young woman from Mississippi had a wonderful southern accent when she spoke, but at her recital her pronunciation was not tainted by her regional dialect. Also, remember the Beatles? They spoke with their typical “British” accent but when they sang no dialect was present.

6. Finally, be sure and communicate emotionally, don’t go into auto-pilot. Always use skillful, deep communication.

So, even if the bulb never burns out, putting these tip into practice with the help of your worship leader, will always make the vocal team good communicators.

This post was written by CMI pastor Joe Chiarelli, who is the assistant pastor and director of worship at Calvary Christian Center in Harborcreek, PA. He has an incredible voice; when he sings, he sounds the way I think I sound (chuckle, chuckle). He’s truly a gifted musician and I asked him to share a few tips to worship team vocalists. Thanks Pastor Joe!

Where Does the Music Stand Go?

Posted on June 9th, 2011 by adamdiehl

This tip comes from Jaime Brown of www.worthilymagnify.com.

Ideally, you’re prepared enough you don’t even need a music stand. But if it makes you feel comfortable to have it there “just in case” – do it reasonably. Like this video explains:

Another tip that might help is simply to keep your music stand flatter rather than aimed at your face. This also limits the visual barrier between you and the congregation.

Bass Guitar Tips

Posted on May 23rd, 2011 by adamdiehl

This skill crafting tip for Bass Guitarists comes from the musicians at Lakeview Church, where Israel Houghton is the worship leader. Enjoy.

Acoustic Guitar Patterns.

Posted on April 25th, 2011 by adamdiehl

This tip to craft our skill comes from Jaime Brown of www.worthilymagnify.com. He has some stellar-and-much-needed tips for acoustic guitar players everywhere.


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