Contemporary Worship Resources

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general information

internet resources

Moving from Traditional to Blended Worship
An article dealing with transitioning to contemporary worship.
Christian Music Network
A message board where users can interact about the topic of contemporary music.
Gracie’s CafĂ© Worship Team Resources
“Free and legal downloads” of praise and worship songs, featured artists and recordings, articles, news, and events, lots of helpful links.
Worship Leader Magazine
Subscription information, worship leader store, jobs listing, events calendar, reviews, discussion, song stories, more.

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selected library holdings – current periodicals

Instrumental Praise. Nashville, TN: Baptist Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, 1996-. SERIALS.In7stxpr

selected library holdings – books, scores, and audiovisuals

Anderson, Lynn, ed. In Search of Wonder: a call to worship renewal. West Monroe, LA: Howard Publishing Co., 1995. 264.001.In11s

Christensen, Phil and Shari MacDonald. Celebrate Jesus: the stories behind your favorite praise and worship songs. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 2003. 783.95.C33j

Dawn, Marva. How Shall We Worship. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House, 2003. 264.D322h

Flather, Douglas. The Praise and Worship Team Instant Tune-up. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002. 784.934.F616p

Ray, James. The Chorus Reference Manual: a comprehensive guide to choruses and praise songs for music leaders and worship planners. North Charleston, SC: SoftRay Resources, 1991. 016.7839.R212c 1991

Sorge, Bob. Exploring Worship. Lee’s Summit, MO: Oasis House, 2001. 264.So68e

Wardle, Terry. Exalt Him!: designing dynamic worship services. Camp Hill, PA: Christian Publications, 1992. 264.W219e

Webber, Robert. Enter His Courts with Praise. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2003. 246.7.W387e

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audio production & sound systems

internet resources

The Church Sound Education Network
Helpful information for smaller “do-it-yourself” churches as well as recommended consultants for larger church needs; articles & discussion forums.
Church Sound Forums
Articles, links and forums on church audio, video, and lighting.
Church Soundcheck Conferences
“Communicating technical excellence to the church.” Tech crew training tools, consulting services, discussion groups, job sites.
“The Church’s modern resource for technology and ministry aids.” Directory of vendors and resources such as sound and video equipment; services such as web hosting, filtered internet access, and more.
Church Talk from ProSoundWeb
How-to’s, project profiles, recommended resources, links and chat community.
“Understanding Church Sound Systems”
A helpful article that explains sound systems as they are used in churches.

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selected library holdings – current periodicals

AV Guide. Des Plaines, IL: Scranton Gillette Communications, 1971. Au25vgu

The Mix. Berkeley, CA: Mix Publications. M699ix

Technologies for Worship: leading educational resource for advancing churches and ministries. Aurora, Ont.: TWM. T226of

selected library holdings – books, scores, and audiovisuals

Lilley, John. New Principles of Worship Based on Multi-media Experiences in Corporate Worship. 1971. 783.026.L628n

Vear, Tim. Microphone Selection and Application for Church Sound Systems. Evanston, IL: Shure, 1991. 621.38284.V486m

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internet resources

Quality Christian MIDI
Free MIDI files of worship medleys, hymns, choruses, and songs for accompaniment.
“Using MIDI in Worship”
An article on the use of MIDI in churches

selected library holdings – current periodicals

Electronic Musician. Overland Park, KS: Intertec Publishing Corp. EL25ctom

selected library holdings – books, scores, and audiovisuals

Benford, Tom. Welcome to – PC sound, music, and MIDI. New York: MIS Press, 1993. 780.28565.B436w

Braut, Christian. The Musician’s Guide to MIDI. San Francisco: Sybex, 1994. 780.2846.B739mEc

Manning, Peter. Electronic and Computer Music. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. 789.99.M316e 2004

Rothstein, Joseph. MIDI. Madison, Wisconsin: A-R Editions, 1992. 780.28546R.746m

Trubbitt, David Rudy. Managing MIDI. Van Nuys, CA: Alfred Publishing Co., 1992. 789.99.T762m

Walker, Dan. How MIDI Works. Newbury Park, CA: Alexander Publishing, 1991. 789.99.W151h

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selected library holdings – current periodicals

Contemporary Keyboard. Cupertino, CA: GPI Publications, 1975. C767eke

Keyboard. Cupertino, CA: GPI Publications. K52ybo

Keyboard World. Downey, CA: Keyboard World. K52ybw

selected library holdings – books, scores, and audiovisuals

The Art of Electronic Music. New York: W. Morrow, 1984. 789.99.Ar54d

Carden, Joy. A Piano Teacher’s Guide to Electronic Keyboards. Winona, MN: Hal Leonard, 1988. 788.99.C178p

Crombie, David. The Synthesizer & Electronic Handbook. New York: A. Knopf, distributed by Random House, 1984. 789.99.C88s

Kerr, Ed. Keyboards in Contemporary Praise and Worship. Lindale, TX: Kerrtunes, c1999. VT 6063 [VHS]

Meisner, Gary. Instant Keyboard. Milwaukee, WI: H. Leonard Books, 1987. 786.3041.M559i

Palmer, Willard. Alfred’s Basic Electronic Keyboard Course. Sherman Oaks, CA: Alfred Publishing, 1986. MT 192.2.A1-29 B292

Synthesizer Basics. Milwaukee: H. Leonard, 1984. 789.99.Sy78b

Synthesizers and Computers. Milwaukee: H. Leonard Pub. Corp., 1985. 789.99.Sy78a

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internet resources

Drummers for Jesus
Events, interviews, links, and gift shop.

selected library holdings – books, scores, and audiovisuals

Breithaupt, Robert B. The Complete Percussionist. Oskaloosa, IA: C. L. Barnhouse, 1991. 789.01.B748c

Brindle, Reginald Smith. Contemporary Percussion. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991. 789.01 B771c, 1991

Holland, James. Practical Percussion. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2003. 789.0103.H719p

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internet resources

Christian Guitar Resources
Online lessons and chord instructions, guitar tabs sorted by song title or band name, artist database with links to artist interviews, reviews, websites, tabs, concert information, and more.
Rockin’ with the Cross
Search for tablatures by artist, song title, lyrics, and more. A site by musicians and for musicians – submit your own tabs and download from those submitted by others. Message board, links, chord chart, and how to read/write guitar tab.
Worship Guitar Class
“Join our Worship Guitar Class Newsletter and get free tips on Playing the Guitar Effortlessly along with an ebook of Common Chord Charts with Pictures.” Also links to other sites and helpful articles.

selected library holdings – current periodicals

Guitar Player Magazine. Cupertino, CA: GPI Publications. G949tp1

selected library holdings – books, scores, and audiovisuals

Arkin, Edward. Creative Chord Substitution. Melville, NY: Belwin-Mills, 1982. 781.65 Ar48c

Bay, Melbourne E. Mel Bay’s Deluxe Encyclopedia of Guitar Chords. Pacific, MO: Mel Bay Publications, 1971. 787.61.B34m

The Encyclopedia of Guitar Picture Chords. New York: Amsco Publications, 2002. 787.61.En19o

Goldberg, Stuart A. The Complete Book of Right Hand Strums for Folk and Electric Guitar. San Francisco: Marina Music, 1968. MT588.G564 C

The Guitar Player Book. New York: Grove Press, 1978. 787.61G949p

Mandelblatt, Abe. 100 Guitar Accompaniment Patters. New York: Amsco Music, 1974. MT580.M312.On2

Martin, Will. The Guitar Owner’s Manual. Santa Fe, NM: J. Muir Publications, 1983. 787.612.M365g

Perlman, Ken. More Fingerstyle Guitar. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1985. 787.61.P422m

Schneider, John. The Contemporary Guitar. Berkely: University of California Press, 1985. 787.61.Sch58c

Turley, Steve. Praise and Worship Guitar. Parkville, MD: Fretboard Fellowship, 1999. MT 582.T848 W898; CD 7498

Turley, Steve. Praise Guitar Made Easy. Parkville, MD: Fretboard Fellowship, 1999. MT 582.T848 P884