Friday, March 6, 2015

Using Keyboards in Worship Service
TYROS3 Provides the Keys
Terry Wilhite
Do you play keyboards in a church worship service? If you do or you’re a worship leader who has to listen to keyboard players talk about our instruments, you know our needs and our usual complaints. Let me rattle off a few and see how many ring true for you. First, we need better, more realistic sounds. Most keyboards have way too many weird sounds. (“Alien Infusion” is not a sound setting
that makes for a good offertory.) We demand a pallet of “real” instruments to choose from and they need to sound like the real thing. While I’m asking for a lot here, a keyboard should make us sound better than we are. For example, while ...\

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This is a zip file with worship styles made for the Yamaha Tyros series. Hope you can use it.
During a session a few years back in Atlanta, I met some music specialists at Yamaha Corporation of America who shared with me some new technology that totally changed the way I approach church music. Musicians with experience can benefit from it as well as pastors or lay leaders who don’t know a “C” from an “E.” The best-kept secret in church music is an automatic accompaniment keyboard. I had previously written such keyboards off because I equated them with the toy versions at Wal-Mart. What a mistake! Comparing a toy auto-accompaniment keyboard with a professional model is like trying to compare a Hotwheel® with a real Daytona Stock Car.

                 Here’s what an automatic keyboard can do for a pastor without an instrumentalist:

By procuring an SMF (standard MIDI file) of your favorite hymn or praise and worship song, you can pop the SMF diskette into an auto-accompaniment keyboard, press the “start” button and hear full orchestration. Standard Midi Files (the digital equivalent of player piano scrolls) for every major hymnal and praise and worship book can be purchased from places like

With an auto-accompaniment keyboard, you can even add “personality” to the most straightforward, basic, SMF file by playing the file using your choice of dozens of styles (pop, country, bluegrass, jazz, swing and more) that are available. It is also easy to set song marker parts for, say, the chorus of a praise and worship song—so repeats, “on the fly,” at certain points in the song are the press of a button away.

If someone has enough music savvy to read the chord progressions (C, D7, G, etc.) on sheet music and knows the equivalent on the instrument, one can take this technology even further by playing the note on the left-hand end of the keyboard, which will follow you with professional orchestration in the musical style and tempo of your choice.

While three or four manufacturers offer instruments in this class, I use the Yamaha PSR-1000 and Tyros for the preludes at our church, which are typically upbeat, praise and worship style music. With most of Yamaha’s higher-end auto-accompaniment keyboards, any part—drums, bass guitar, whatever—can be instantly muted so live musicians who are available can play the part. While beginners can use these keyboards, it is easy to dive into “deep water” and use all ten fingers and “zillions” of professional-level features, such as the on-board digital recorder on the ones I own.

In conclusion, the ultimate solution to ensure that there are instrumentalists in your church in the future is to “grow” your own! What a great addition these instruments would be for the young one’s Sunday school class. Even the larger auto-accompaniment keyboards are lightweight, making them easy to take them to the nursing home or mission field. Entry into the world of auto-accompaniment keyboards can be as low as $200. But remember, it’s usually the pastor that encourages the adoption of new technology. I hope you will investigate auto-accompaniment keyboards.

Terry Wilhite is a music and multimedia specialist. His email address is
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Studio musicians are using OMB as a pre-production softwaretool. In the arranger and song window they can quickly try ideas with a lot of different styles, variations and chord sequences. OMB is both DXi and VSTi host and supports ASIO drivers. A complete sequencer for editing MIDI files is included too. All detailed event editing is done in easy eventslists and pianorolls. The result can be saved in a MIDI-file for further operations elsewhere. Listen to compositions made with OMB by Rob Meulman and by Sucrepop.
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