Dan Ryker

Dan Ryker is a performing musician and a private music instructor.

Worship Music Ministry Training Course - Overview

  • There are 16 chapters.
  • The text format offers over 100 pages of outline format material, written in a very clear, and concise manner. Includes diagrams and tables where appropriate. 
  • The audio version is a seminar setting of each chapter being taught by Dan. (average of 45 min. in length per chapter).
  • You are entitled to free, downloadable updates of the course material text as revisions are released.


** Worship leaders are the target audience in all chapters. Additional target audiences are noted.

PREFACE

  • About the Author
  • Vision

CHAPTER 1 - THE BIG PICTURE

  • As Christians we desire to please God.
  • Why do we worship God?
  • What kind of worshiper does the Father seek?
  • How does music relate to being the kind of worshiper that pleases God?
  • The effect of worship on people
  • Why should we spend time learning and practicing musical things?
  • What should we study, and why?

CHAPTER 2 - MUSIC THEORY

  • The Basics
    • Piano diagram
    • Why learn music theory?
    • Repeating pattern of notes
    • Half steps & whole steps
    • Scales
    • Intervals
    • Chords
    • Numbers apply to 
    • Diatonic chords in a major key
    • Terminology
  • Chord Spelling
    • Triads
    • 7th Chords
    • 9th Chords
    • 2 or add9 Chords
    • +5 & -5 Chords
    • 6th Chords
    • 11th Chords
    • 13th Chords
  • Figuring out the Scale for a Key
    • How to figure out what the tonic chord is
    • Decide if its a sharp key or a flat key
    • Order of sharps
    • Order of flats
    • Other modes/scales
  • Scales
    • Major scale spelling
    • Minor scales
    • Blues scales
  • Transposing
  • Lifting Songs
  • Creating Chord Progressions
  • Rhythmic Layers of Music
    • Observations
    • Practical suggestion

CHAPTER 3 - KEYBOARD BASICS (BEGINNING KEYBOARDISTS)

  • Keyboards in a Worship Team
    • Premise
    • Practical tips
    • Sounds
    • Choosing a keyboard
  • Playing by Chord
    • Suggestions for playing by chord
    • Making a rhythmic 'feel'
    • How to vary your right hand
    • Using the pedal
    • Basic steps to follow in learning a song 
  • Warm-up Patterns
    • General instructions
    • Steps to follow for each scale
    • Scale fingerings
    • Minor scale fingerings
    • Inversions
    • Arpeggios
    • Grand form scales
    • The spider
    • Finger flexer 1
    • Finger flexer 2
    • Scales to practice & their chords
  • Added Chord Voicings
    • Most useful voicings
    • Other voicings

CHAPTER 4 - GUITAR BASICS (BEGINNING GUITARISTS)

  • Concepts
    • Terminology
    • String names and numbers
    • Finger numbers
    • Tuning
    • Where to place fingers
    • Hand position
    • Reading a chord diagram 
    • Looking at the fingerboard
    • Amount of string pressure
    • Pick choice
    • Holding the pick
    • Strumming
    • Loose wrist
    • Palm muting
    • Strumming patterns
    • Single note picking
    • Finger picking
    • Bar chords
    • Using a capo
    • Simplifying chords
    • Chords to know
    • Strap placement
    • Changing your strings
    • Gear
    • Practice tips
    • Basic steps to follow in learning a song 
  • Chords
    • Chord diagrams for all root notes
    • Key of E chords diagrams
  • Fingerboard
    • Fingerboard diagram
    • How to learn the fingerboard
    • Observations about the fingerboard
  • Scales
    • Approach
    • Needed scales
    • Un-needed scales, but good to know
    • Scale formulas
    • Major scale
    • Minor scale
    • Minor blues scale
    • Major blues scale

CHAPTER 5 - ASSEMBLING A WORSHIP TEAM

  • Adding New Team Members
    • Finding new team members
    • Discerning if a person should be on the worship team
  • Organizing Your Team
    • Worship band formats
    • Vocal team formats
  • Worship Team Agreement -- Example

CHAPTER 6 - PREPARING A SET

  • How to
  • Guide lines for introducing new songs

CHAPTER 7 - COMMUNICATING WITH A WORSHIP TEAM

  • Our ability to communicate clearly, effects every aspect of ministry
  • General techniques
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication 
  • Non-verbal body language
  • General communication 

CHAPTER 8 - LEADING VOCAL AND BAND REHEARSALS

  • General tips
  • Band rehearsals
  • Vocal rehearsals
  • Bringing a quality offering in worship

CHAPTER 9 - NAVIGATING THE SOUND SYSTEM MINEFIELD (NOVICE SOUND PEOPLE)

  • Terminology
    • Why should a worship leader learn about sound systems?
    • Equipment terminology
    • Mixer terminology
    • Other terminology
  • Using a Sound System
    • Guide lines while setting-up or cleaning-up a sound system
    • Tips for the sound person
    • Mixing procedures
    • Making a good mix
    • Basic hand signals for musicians to communicate with the sound person
    • The in-ear or headphone monitor concept

CHAPTER 10 - RUNNING A SOUND CHECK

  • General points
  • Using a floor monitor system
  • Using an in-ear/headphone monitor system
  • Using a blended floor monitor and 'in-ear' monitor system

CHAPTER 11 - LEADING A SET

  • Guide lines
  • Consider teaching about worship
  • Leadership perspectives

CHAPTER 12 - FOSTERING THE PROPHETIC

  • Spontaneous Song
    • Introduction
    • What is spontaneous song?
    • General points
    • Why do it?
    • How to get started
    • Tips
    • Use of tongues
    • Song examples

CHAPTER 13 - WORSHIP MINISTRY ORGANIZATION

  • Why organize?
  • Data management tools
  • Organizing your files
  • Worship set planning tools
  • Other helpful files 
  • Backing up
  • Schedules
  • Chord charts
  • Projection
  • Rehearsal recordings 
  • Communication methods

CHAPTER 14 - HEARING HARMONIES (VOCALISTS)

  • Two approaches to harmony singing
  • 'Zone defense' harmony singing
  • 'Man to man' harmony singing
  • Comparison of the two techniques 
  • Which approach should you use? 
  • Section leaders
  • Rehearsal recordings 

CHAPTER 15 - VOCALS (VOCALISTS)

  • Vocal Technique
    • Breathing 
    • Relax
    • Sit up/Stand up
    • Tone
    • Ranges within a voice
    • Pitch accuracy
    • Phrasing & stylizing
    • Warm-ups
    • Teaching yourself
    • Pick the right key
    • Know your weaknesses or limitations
    • The changing male voice
    • Mic technique
    • Stage presence
  • Vocal Health
    • Foods
    • Soothing your throat
    • When you are sick
    • Talking
    • Other tips

CHAPTER 16 - TEAM DYNAMICS

  • Working Together (Instrumentalists
    • Its a worship TEAM
    • Submitting to leadership
    • A team that prays together stays together
    • A team that PLAYS together stays together
    • Sacrificing your own preferences
    • Practical tips
    • Key relationships (Drums & bass, Multiple guitars, etc)
    • Practical application

APPENDIX 1 - STIRRING UP PASSION

  • Worship 'Nuggets'
    • A 'love exchange' with God
    • Worship is a worth-while activity 
    • Greeting Card
    • Jesus is Lord 
    • Wading beyond where you can touch
    • Praise during sorrow
    • Hearing His voice changes us
    • The reason we are alive is to worship
    • Expressing love publicly is honoring to the recipient
    • Mustard seed worship
    • Airplane touch downs 
    • Tell yourself to praise
    • The need to keep drinking
    • We can meet w/ God at any time
    • Know God well in order to lift Him up
    • Why we should feel God's heart beat
    • Worship by faith, not willpower
    • Is your pump primed?
    • We can be around Jesus but not 'touch' him
    • Anorexia in our hunger for God
    • Bring God the kind of worship He deserves

APPENDIX 2 - SMALL GROUP WORSHIP

  • Leading Worship with Pre-recorded Music
    • Planning a worship set
    • Guide lines for introducing new songs
    • Guide lines for worship leading
    • Developing the prophetic 
    • Additional thoughts

APPENDIX 3 - TAKING WORSHIP OUT OF THE CHURCH

  • The many purposes for worship
  • A 'family activity'
  • Evangelism
  • Influencing culture
  • Intercession

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