breathing room Sample

Dave Helmuth and Nate Smoker

4/10/14

Description:Each breathing room is different. It's simply an unscripted night to worship. This particular one is Dave Helmuth and Nate Smoker at Lincoln Park Community UMC on April 10, 2014. Dave just put his iPhone on the grand piano and hit record.

Team Training Sample

Dave Helmuth

4/5/14

Description:Would you like to have Ad Lib Music out to train your worship team? Here's a sample of what they could learn. Of course, it would be customized to your team's needs.

Mixing Master Class on EQ and Compression

Tony Guyer

3/18/14

Description:Have you ever wanted to know how to really use EQ to make your mixes sound great?Has compression always been a mystery to you?Have you wanted to know practical ways of getting more out of your vocals and drums by using a compressor?

Congregational Engagement

Rick Rowe

2/8/14

Description:Rick tells his story of how he learned to have both passion to lead and compassion for those he leads.The topic of “how engaged/responsive/connected the congregation was on Sunday” is a significant (but often elusive) measuring stick for how well we’re leading. And I mean leading as a team, because no one ever leads alone. It’s easy to hide behind the songs and blow through a set of worship music, missing the opportunity to activate God’s people and nurture their worshiping hearts. Rick Rowe leads with one hand on the keys and one hand in the air, motioning for participation from the congregation. Way beyond giving insights on how to “work a crowd,” he’ll share practical ways of thinking and habits to learn in increasing congregational engagement as a worship-leading team. After 17 years in full-time worship ministry, Rick now lives out his passion for authentic, Christ-honoring worship in the local church by serving with Ad Lib Music as a Worship Coach.With each Fertilizer, you’ll grow in worship, in musicianship, in leadership, in relationship…it’ll be just what you need to grow. Be a part of this podcast by submitting your questions and comments to podcast@adlibmusic.com

I Love Rehearsal

Dave Helmuth

2/8/14

Description:What if you could say that? If you’re the leader, are you doing what you can to feel that and create spaces for your teams to feel that? I you serve on the team, is that your current experience? You’ll learn how to make sure the whole team arrives better prepared, how to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the time you spend rehearsing, and how to think well about the gem that the weekly rehearsal can be! And if you’re a tech, of course there’s a huge part for you in this too. With experiences of leading different teams at different churches each week, Dave Helmuth is able to teach broadly and very specifically to help you experience rehearsals that’ll leave you exclaiming “I love rehearsal!”With each Fertilizer, you’ll grow in worship, in musicianship, in leadership, in relationship…it’ll be just what you need to grow. Be a part of this podcast by submitting your questions and comments to podcast@adlibmusic.com

Worship and the Word

Brian Flewelling

2/8/14

Description:Drummer, Community Life Pastor, dad, and former staff with Eagles’ Wings, Brian Flewelling will help our teams grow in the discipline and art of making our personal and gathered worship times richer, fuller, more grounded and alive. He’ll talk both about the devotional side of using the Word to inspire and inform our worship, and the importance and practices of saturating our gathered worship with the Word.With each Fertilizer, you’ll grow in worship, in musicianship, in leadership, in relationship…it’ll be just what you need to grow. Be a part of this podcast by submitting your questions and comments to podcast@adlibmusic.com

How to Increase Congregational Engagement

Dave Helmuth

10/5/13

Description:I challenge you to BE a worshiper off-stage, a trust-builder and bridge-builder, led by the Spirit, undistracted by logistics, an activator of people, secure in who you are, in who God says you are, given in your calling, a leader of a “leaned-in team,” a fearless “asker,” a great chooser of songs, great at teaching new songs, a teacher of biblical worship, a reproducer of worshipers and worship leaders, historically broad. Learn what it takes to increase congregational engagement in worship.With each Fertilizer, you’ll grow in worship, in musicianship, in leadership, in relationship…it’ll be just what you need to grow. Be a part of this podcast by submitting your questions and comments to podcast@adlibmusic.com

Meditating on God

Chandy Thomas

9/1/13

Description:Chandy shared with us at the Boutique* Worship Event at WJTL's Junction Center about the heart of David and the transormational practice of meditating on God.Chandy is an anointed preacher and a revelatory teacher. He is compelled by desire for the bride of Christ to walk in God’s full purpose and plan. The Word comes alive as he shares truth from a place of honest devotion to Jesus. Both Chandy and Sarah are passionate worship leaders and songwriters. They live as missionaries on the Island of Cyprus with their 4 children exploring Biblical community with the Gateways Beyond Tribe.Donate to his ministry at http://www.gatewaysbeyond.org/donate.phpWith each Fertilizer, you’ll grow in worship, in musicianship, in leadership, in relationship…it’ll be just what you need to grow. Be a part of this podcast by submitting your questions and comments to podcast@adlibmusic.com

52 Worship Training Events

Dave Helmuth

11/2/12

Description:So when you went to your worship team rehearsal this week, what skill did you plan on working on with your team? Did you just learn the songs or did you learn how to play music together?Because it’s the prefect lab for growth really: Two hours, five songs, and six (or three!) musicians PLUS the desire to learn and just a smidge of intentionality, and BAM! you've got a mini-seminar. And you can have 52 of them every year…at YOUR church with YOUR people! And it’s stinkin’ free!Or you can just get the songs learned for this Sunday. (bleh!)Sure, your team might accidentally get a tad better (or they might stay relatively the same for the next year). Look behind you to see how far (or short) you’ve come. Do you have the same nagging musical irritations over and over?How do you actually start doing this?Simply and one small step at a time. Hey, this is the real world. You may be struggling to just put your song list together, or you may be doing all you feel you can do just to get there and strap on your bass, let alone prepare.So this challenge is going out to worship leaders and to team members…since you’re each responsible to double your talents. Seriously (don’t get Matthew twenty-fived). That’s part of why God gave them to you to manage. And let me ask you this: If you were managing someone else’s talents the way you’re managing your own, would you fire yourself? (thank you, Dave Ramsey)Choose one skill to work on in one song for that week. Relax and play what you know for the others, but intentionally focus and stretch in this one song. Consider doing it first so that it has the potential of influencing all the other songs.Skills? What skills?Dynamics, listening, groove, steady tempo, build, tuning, blend, accents, different styles, listening (you’re right, I did already say that), playing in fractions, memorization, improvisation, listening (yep), modern sound, you get the idea. Here are some samples:~Work dynamics with 10,000 Reasons – play the chorus super loud, the verses super quiet, and use the musical interludes at the end of each to set up the next section.~Take a familiar song, like Our God, and play it once together, once with just the bass and drums (having the piano and guitars listen), then once with just the piano and guitars playing (having the bass and drums listen), and then all together. Then talk about what each of them heard.~Get the metronome out (oh boy), and play Be The Centre at the typical 67 BPM. Then at 87 BPM. Then at 107 BPM. Or take a song you always do at 90 BPM, and try doing it at 83 BPM.~Use a remade hymn like Jesus Paid It All and have all the singers circle up tightly and sing it without mics to really focus on blending and owning the words.~Use a song born from the river (Bethel, IHOP, Life Center…O Taste And See, My Soul Longs for You, Faithful) and “plan” for spontaneous improvisation at the end of the song. Have a different member of the band pick the chord progression to use.The bottom line is this: If your only growth plan is Ad Lib Music’s Rehearsal Coaching (which is great) or going to seminars and conferences (which are awesome), you’re missing the biggest opportunity for growth. Really.With each Fertilizer, you’ll grow in worship, in musicianship, in leadership, in relationship…it’ll be just what you need to grow. Be a part of this podcast by submitting your questions and comments to podcast@adlibmusic.com

The Heart and Soul of the Band and the Mind of Christ

Daniel & Natalia Hazelwood

10/1/12

Description:Receive practical advice (play nice even if you can't play well) and spiritual impartation (be a laid-down lover). Here's a breath of fresh air!Follow them on Twitter: @DanielHazelwood and @NataliaHzlwd

No Human (or Church) is an Island

Daniel & Natalia Hazelwood and Dave Helmuth

8/1/12

Description:I want to encapsulate the antidote to burnout into two phrases you can take with you:Never do anything alone & Drink from the wellHold on as you receive practical tools, heart encouragement, and divine impartation on how to avoid burnout on the path to bearing much fruit!Originally, the flow for the evening was worship, Dave, and then Daniel. With the magic of audacity, this recording re-orders it to be Daniel, Dave, worship. (Daniel drops so much glory that I wanted his stuff at the beginning!)

Biblical Worship is...What?

Dave Helmuth

3/1/12

Description:Most of us learned more about worship from being kids in church than what the Bible says. (What!?) We’ll explore integrating Biblical patterns for worship. Did you know that when you see the word “praise” in the Bible, it’s a translation of seven different Hebrew words with different meanings? Experience the freedom of Biblical expressions of worship. Don’t worry, singing the latest Chris Tomlin song or Fanny Crosby’s classic still fits.

Generous Worship

Dave Helmuth

3/1/12

Description:With so many personalities, styles, opinions, backgrounds, tastes, how do I know what true worship looks like? We hold true to the reality that the scriptures must always shape our God-encounters in worship – the way we approach, express, and interact with God in worship. So is my worship filled with Biblical expressions of worship? Do my expressions of worship reflect the God I worship? Would I say that my personal worship is a model for others to follow? Are there fears that keep me from expressing Biblical worship? We’ll learn how to be more generous in worship.

Keys to Becoming an Ineffective Worship Leader

Dave Helmuth

3/1/12

Description:Are you doing things that sabotage your effectiveness as a worship leader? You are. (true story) We all do it. Learn how to take a look at yourself honestly. It’s less scary and more productive and interesting than you think. More than just coming back to the “haat of wsheep,” get the goods that will propel you forward as a leader who creates spaces in which people can meet with God. Oh, and if you’re up front playing bass, you’re a leader too, so this is for the whole team!

The Enemies of All-Play Worship

Dave Helmuth

3/1/12

Description:There’s no magic pill. But there is resistance... history, legalism, conservative thinking, empty religion, fear of man, no vision, me-centeredness. Don’t worry, we won’t step on any toes. Care for a sacred cow burger? (They’re tasty) Let’s learn God’s blueprint for “Good Order In Worship” together.

How Do I Learn Melody

Dave Helmuth

2/6/12

Description:What’s the most important musical part of a song? Melody. It’s the DNA, the unique fingerprint. Which brings up the next question…how do I learn melody, especially if I don’t read music or don’t have the musical notation available?With each Fertilizer, you’ll grow in worship, in musicianship, in leadership, in relationship…it’ll be just what you need to grow. Be a part of this podcast by submitting your questions and comments to podcast@adlibmusic.com

Character (Part 1)

Walker Beach

1/1/12

Description:On a snowy January morning, Thomas Miller (@thomasgateway) and Walker Beach from Gateway Worship shared a mini-version of the training they teach everyone in their worship ministry. It's clear that they have codified the principles and philosophies of a scripturally based worship ministry in a way that can easily be conveyed and caught by their team members. There are lots of great things to take away from this series!You may also enjoy Adam Ranck’s notes. Learn more about Adam at http://adamranck.com and follow him @aranck.

Character (Part 2)

Thomas Miller

1/1/12

Description:On a snowy January morning, Thomas Miller (@thomasgateway) and Walker Beach from Gateway Worship shared a mini-version of the training they teach everyone in their worship ministry. It's clear that they have codified the principles and philosophies of a scripturally based worship ministry in a way that can easily be conveyed and caught by their team members. There are lots of great things to take away from this series!You may also enjoy Adam Ranck’s notes. Learn more about Adam at http://adamranck.com and follow him @aranck.

Core

Thomas Miller

1/1/12

Description:On a snowy January morning, Thomas Miller (@thomasgateway) and Walker Beach from Gateway Worship shared a mini-version of the training they teach everyone in their worship ministry. It's clear that they have codified the principles and philosophies of a scripturally based worship ministry in a way that can easily be conveyed and caught by their team members. There are lots of great things to take away from this series!You may also enjoy Adam Ranck’s notes. Learn more about Adam at http://adamranck.com and follow him @aranck.

Craft

Walker Beach

1/1/12

Description:On a snowy January morning, Thomas Miller (@thomasgateway) and Walker Beach from Gateway Worship shared a mini-version of the training they teach everyone in their worship ministry. It's clear that they have codified the principles and philosophies of a scripturally based worship ministry in a way that can easily be conveyed and caught by their team members. There are lots of great things to take away from this series!You may also enjoy Adam Ranck’s notes. Learn more about Adam at http://adamranck.com and follow him @aranck.

How Songs Are Built

Dave Helmuth

12/20/11

Description:Why do I need to know how a song is built? Why do I care?Because knowing how songs are built enables me to:~ Learn it without “playing it on repeat 18 times”~ Rehearse it as a band without just “playing the whole thing 8 times”~ Know what I can change in it so it’s still fresh and worshipful after singing it 28 times~ Encourage the congregation to sing more (without asking for it)~ Adapt it to my band…(especially if my electric guitar player still thinks solid state is king)~ Heroically decide not to play it when I realize (before Sunday morning) that my rhythm section (that carries that particular song) just doesn’t have what it takes to pull it off (yet)So first, what are the elements that make up a song? Melody, Text, Form, and Accompaniment (which is harmony, rhythm, tone, tempo, and dynamics). There are things in a song that you can rework and there are things that if changed, make it a completely different song. Text, Form, and Accompaniment can all be modified to different degrees. Melody is the DNA of a song - change that, and it's no longer the same song.We’ll start with what is most flexible, Accompaniment:You may be able to change the chords and still sing the melody as written, but you may need to change what harmony you can sing with it. You can change the rhythmic feel of the song, and it may still work – like laying a rock feel, or a jazz swing, or a pop groove on it. You can play the song with only an acoustic guitar or a full band, but you'll need to play it differently to achieve similar energy, feel, or even style. You might use instruments the original author never dreamed of using. You can play the song slightly faster or slightly slower (about 10 BPM unless you're doing a drastically different groove). You can change the key (thankfully). You can play different voicings on the instruments, use capos, and chord inversions. It may work to add or subtract harmonies. You can play a really quiet version or a REALLY LOUD version (sorry for the shouting). Ask “Would this song make sense if sung a cappella?” or “Would this song work without a drummer or a strong lead guitar player?” Then change at will…the sky is the limit. In fact, next rehearsal, try playing the same song once with only the players on the left of the stage, and then once with the ones on the right (and yes, the drummer has to pick one or the other). How did it work? What didn’t work? What did you learn?Form:A song may be written V1, Ch, V2, Bridge, but you can totally start on the Bridge if you'd like. You don’t need to sing both verses. You can sing just the chorus of a song. I’ll often repeat whichever verse I’m feeling like God wants to highlight in that moment. I recently led Here I Am To Worship and repeated the second verse twice (without going to the chorus) and went right into the bridge because it seemed right to be singing about God coming to earth “Humbly You came to the earth You created, All for love's sake became poor” …and then go right into “I'll never know how much it cost…” So it’s Outback Steakhouse here…no rules, just right.Text:Sometimes, you can slightly alter the text and still keep the song as it is - personalizing a pronoun for instance. You might change a chorus on the third time around from "God is great" to "God You're great" or change “He” to “You.” But if you change it up too much "O praise Him, He is holy" sung as "I praise You, You are holy" doesn't really work. But be careful here, purists may harpoon you after the service (in love, of course). Some of us feel like changing the “sloppy wet kiss” in How He Loves to…any of the dozen substitutes for the original lyric ruins the song. Some of us can’t stand the original. So alter with taste and tact…and good reason.Melody:But melody? Nope. Don't change that. Every note and every rhythm is foundational to that song. It's the only thing that separates it from every other song. Think of it as its DNA or fingerprint. If you don't sing it true to the original, your singers will have a hard time following you and the congregation will certainly have trouble following you and singing along. (this may very likely be on of the main reasons they don't sing if they aren't!)Now I know, I know...you’re artists just expressing yourselves. Good for you. You are, but you’re servants first. Just like you should “Worship first; Play second” you must be a “Servant first; Artist second.” There are lots of ways to be creative and artistic, but altering the melody is not one of them. (unless you’re teaching it as a new song)With each Fertilizer, you’ll grow in worship, in musicianship, in leadership, in relationship…it’ll be just what you need to grow. Be a part of this podcast by submitting your questions and comments to podcast@adlibmusic.com

Never Copy the CD Version

Dave Helmuth

12/6/11

Description:There is no need whatsoever for making the songs that we do sound just like a recording. However, there are two really important assumptions that statement makes...Worship Fertilizer…the what you need to grow in worship. It’s brought to you by Ad Lib Music who, in simple love and pure devotion to Jesus, is eradicating isolation and burnout so that leaders bear much fruit. Find more at adlibmusic.com.With each Fertilizer, you’ll grow in worship, in musicianship, in leadership, in relationship…it’ll be just what you need to grow. Be a part of this podcast by submitting your questions and comments to podcast@adlibmusic.com

Guest Worship Leading

Dave Helmuth

9/1/11

Description:I pulled together musicians from churches where I've been on staff and without a formal rehearsal, we dove in!Everytime I listen to this, I end up singing Anthony's keyboard riff at the end of Your Love Never Fails over and over...love it! It's definitely the standout on this recording: 7:23 to 20:03...almost 13 minutes of glory bilss!Band:Drums: Doug PhillipsBass: Rusty RichardsNord: Anthony HarnishElectric Guitar: Paul BradleyAcoustic Guitar an Lead Vocal: Dave HelmuthSinger: Janet RichardsAudio Engineer: Allen ApgarSongs:Our GodYour Love Never FailsYour NameGreat Is Thy FaithfulnessNeeding YouYou can download all the charts by clicking the link below.Thanks so much Allen for capturing this recording!

Vocal Dynamics and Harmony Workshop

Ryan Shenk

9/1/11

Description:Learn to sing harmonies, build dynamics, and listen to each other in serving a song [rather than spotlighting my stunning vocal ability] Learn the art of blending - could Sandi Patty and Kari Jobe sing together? What should you do when you're not singing in the mic? What resources are available to help learn harmonies?Ryan Shenk, Worship Pastor at Manheim BIC Church. Ryan rocks.

Rhythm Workshop

George Yellak

8/1/11

Description:Learn about the root rhythm pattern of a song. How do small worship teams utilize rhythm instruments? This hands-on workshop will sharpen your Bass Guitar and Drum skills and strengthen your ability to keep rhy-thm and pl-ay to-g-ethe-r. Can a bass guitar be the only rhythm instrument? Is the Djembe all you have and all you need? What if we don't have a rhythm instrument? So what is a drummer’s main role…really?George Yellak has been a professional musician since graduating high school in 1983. He did his bachelor's work at the University of North Texas, majoring in Jazz Studies with a concentration in Percussion. He also studied electric bass in the schoolís Lab Band program. Post college, George toured the Southeast extensively with rhythym&blues performers ranging from Little Joe Blue to Johnny Taylor. He presently performs in the Northeast with a number of jazz, blues, pop, and worship ensembles. George has been teaching privately in Lancaster County for over 18 years and offers lessons on guitar, bass, drums, and piano. In 1996 he opened a teaching studio called the Music Workshop which he continues to own and operate. George has played an integral part in the development of church worship departments and the training of musicians who participate in them. His versatile skill set enables him to communicate the intricacies of music in an easy to understand vocabulary.Contact George at (717) 656-6338

Acoustic Guitar Workshop

Dave Helmuth

5/1/11

Description:Learn how different songs fit into standard grooves. Its a great idea for medleys, how to play certain songs better, and how to understand what makes the song work (so you can tell your drummer) :)And yes, that's Dave. The drummer.

who do YOU say that I am?

Dave Helmuth

5/1/11

Description:What defines me?What I wear?Where I’m from?What I know?Who I know?What I do?What I’ve done?No.These things shape me, and more interestingly,They reveal what defines me.I live as a result of what defines me.Follow Dave on a fascinating, compelling, transformative journey toward living a hugely meaningful, effective, and free life!This was recorded on May 18, 2011 at Gateway House of Prayer's Equipping Service and the original can be found at http://www.gatewayprayer.com/media/

My Identity

Ed Gungor

4/1/11

Description:Learn about what happens when we get our identity from what we do, from our ministry, or from anything other than who God says that we are. Are you caught in the trap of performing for God to try to please Him? Good news is that you already are in Jesus, but getting caught in that trap is no fun. What happens when you get "thumped."Hear the "stuffed peppers" story and the "To Me Be The Glory" song. Laughter will abound!This is a recording from the 7th Annual Kent Henry Ministries Worship Conference in a general session held Thursday, July 13, 1995! Yes, I transferred it from cassette tape to the computer. It was THAT good!

Getting Past Myself - Experiencing Freedom and Intimacy in Worship

Keith and Brenda Blank & Dave Helmuth

3/1/11

Description:What does the Bible say about worshipping in a physical and emotional way in public!? Why is it so difficult to be expressive? Am I showing off or distracting others? Am I drawing focus to myself if I lift my hands or jump in the air. I don't want to be the only one clapping. Who is the lead worshipper of my church? What can I do to change the culture of worship at my church? Grow in your understanding of God’s heart and his purpose in worship.Learn about the Identity Triangle, the 7 Words for Praise, Generous Worship, Autopilot, Using Flags, and more!

Sound Tech Workshop

Dan Keeney & Chuck Zuck

2/1/11

Description:Learn how to get a great sound mix, discover principles of good sound as well as how to avoid common pitfalls. Learn “What should we buy first on our limited budget?” Topics include: gain structure, EQ, dynamic mix priority, monitors, mic selection and placement, and more!

Digital Media in Worship - Part 1

Dan Siewert & Dave Helmuth

10/1/10

Description:Digital media has changed everything.Is a worship service as we know it still a relevant activity?Will people take time out from their daughter’s soccer tournament on a Sunday to sit in rows and sing hymns?Will fifteen and sixteen year olds stop texting long enough to pay attention to something like that?And is it possible to turn the tables?Can digital media be our servant rather than a distraction and actually help us into an experience of the presence of God?What would that look like?This session was amazing! It was so visceral...they actually crushed boxes...literally!

Digital Media in Worship - Part 2

Dan Siewert & Dave Helmuth

10/1/10

Description:This session was amazing! It was so visceral...they actually crushed boxes...literally!

Rehearsal Basics

Dave Helmuth

6/1/10

Description:[worship practice flashback] A few minutes late on arrival, then printing another chord chart or two, and catching up on this week's small talk and the usual goofing around. Yes, a quick prayer. Ok. Now Johny can't play in that key and Selma is leaving early. The transition to this song doesn't work at all. Hey Lincoln Brewster wannabe, dial it down brother... And enough with the cell phones already! Seconds turn into minutes and before you know it, BAM! We've only went through half the songs for Sunday and everyone wants to go home. Where did our time go? What do we do now? [end flashback]How does your team practice? Have you ever gotten into the preverbial "rut"? Would a fresh look at what a practice can look like be helpful to your worship team? Maybe you can share with us what works well for your team.Worship Coach Dave Helmuth will walk us through a full band practice of two contemporary worship songs. In addition to his 20 yrs experience as a worship leader, Dave is the face of Ad Lib Music "helping leaders bear much fruit". He has worked with many churches in Lancaster County and is a regular worship leader at Life Center Minstries International in Harrisburg.

10 Steps to Planning Effective Services

Dan Sigmon

5/1/10

Description:Dan Sigmon Pastor of Worship Arts at Manor Church (Lancaster), shares how to choose a “healthy diet” of great songs for any congregation to sing and how worship leaders can be more creative when planning services. He also discusses how to use classic hymn arrangements in blended and contemporary settings. Worship planners, leaders, pastors, and the entire team member will benefit from our time together.

Vocal Worship - a simple voice lesson!

Nancy Sebastian Meyer

4/1/10

Description:Vocal Coach & Speaker, Nancy Meyer, is a classically trained soprano who has recorded two albums and volunteers at Calvary Churchas a part of the worship team. In addition to singing and vocal coaching, Nancy speaks regularly through a ministry she founded called Hope4Hearts.