Creating an Atmosphere for Worship on Keyboard | Worship Band Workshop


a lot of the ways I use Kiko I mean he creates an atmosphere you know what we’re trying to do is worship leaders is we’re trying to create an atmosphere that allows us to have a conversation with God I mean a dialogue with God I mean and part of that is setting the right tone and the right atmosphere and it’s not about manipulation is just about trying to set the right tone and you’ll heal Kiko like for instance on the end of that song you know let’s just say we ended in the key of F thank you Lord and if I wanted to go into a moment Lord we thank you for your goodness for your mercy thank you for your love for being with us here today we’ll give you thanks and we give you praise so you hear what Kiko is doing he’s just kind of they’re setting this atmosphere of worship and and he’s listening to what I’m saying talk about you pray as you played it’s just that approach yeah um it’s it’s a it’s a beautiful thing in a lot of genres of music you know you just play the music and in worship and in church we get we get this wonderful opportunity to kind of lift up lift up the name of Jesus and and to even pray things into the atmosphere even through our instruments and I think that’s so awesome and sometimes I could even take that for granted that I had you know that we’re given that opportunity and a lot of times when a pastor is preaching and and/or a worship leader speaking sometimes keyboard players take that that time to kind of go crazy and and it’s not meant for that you know a lot of times if you just sit back and you think from a person that’s in the audience you can see you know this person is praying so anything anyone on stage is doing should be contributing to what that person is doing and what’s being highlighted in that moment so if Don’s praying then now I want to pray along with him and his and if he’s praying for peace then I don’t want to be rambunctious and play you know really busy things I kind want to be very very subtle you know and and do that you know and if he starts praying for the power you know God to fall on the place then yeah then you can start you know kind of you know go there a little bit you know maybe you add some strings and it’s not manipulation it’s you’re actually getting a chance to participate in the prayer of the person that’s that’s praying yeah this can be really helpful or can be really aggravating if if a keyboard player is not sensitive for instance like on the song thank you Lord I may start you know the Bible says to enter his gates with what Thanksgiving and his courts with praise so it’d be very natural for me to just say Lord we thank you today in advance for all that you’re going to do we love you lord thank you for your goodness thank you for your mercy and be very natural for me to do that but uh you know Kiko could take control of that prayer and make it all about himself like lord thank you for this moment thank you for your presence in this place and now I’m distracted as I play because my ears are going over there and I was trying to give the Lord thanks and and all of you in the audience are also looking over at Kiko and suddenly he has made this tender little moment about him and Kiko is not about you so well you know we we make examples like that but it’s it’s sad but it’s true people do that and it’s like wow I have a moment I’m going to do everything I can do and if the moment becomes about you I mean if your pastor is praying and suddenly your keyboard players all over the place it suddenly became about about the your keyboard player and I think you’ve totally missed it at that point


100 Responses

  1. Daniel Rebecca

    June 17, 2017 2:29 am

    they keep saying it's not manipulation because it is manipulation! they want to manipulate the emotions of the listeners!

  2. Stephen Uwechi

    June 17, 2017 8:19 pm

    Oh my God.. You've been a blessing to me since my childhood days.This video has changed my approach to creating an atmosphere worship. I'd like to know what Pad Kiko used in this video. Thank You so much

  3. Ben Okpekpe

    June 17, 2017 10:59 pm

    it's a very simple thing, as a keyboard player you have to know how to key the with who is on the lead mic and flow on same spirit, not playing to show off. God bless you

  4. A Higher Level

    June 18, 2017 9:06 am

    Who said God only accepts simplicity? I think dragging people to mediocrity because a higher musical level is not reached, it's manipulation. I strongly believe that God created music in its entirety to his glory and reaching deep levels of musical knowledge and interpretation are completely acceptable by him. We need to start getting out the mainstream believing that it's the only kind of music right for church and compose new music for the glory of God by making a "new song". The music industry is now selling the idea of restricting music to the exact arrangements of albums in order to profit from their multitracks. The musical training and study is getting more limited by time and mediocrity is becoming more abundant in our churches. We need to stop believing these ideas and explore music in its deeper levels, and then we will know that there's a lot more than the popular music we play in church. The only requirement is a pure and sincere heart living in the Spirit. I love Don's music but I don't agree this is the only way as well as his concept on maintaining simplicity as the right way.

  5. vernon myburgh

    June 22, 2017 3:27 pm

    So true sir. I have experienced that from so many sermons and even song evenings. Out in Cape Town South Africa music plays a big role in everyday life. The emphasis on the sensitivity of music is so powerful and should be a cornerstone within the church and all the arenas/platforms where the name of Jesus is lifted up. Musicians do not know how powerful they are to create a holy atmosphere or break that holy atmosphere. To God be the Glory for great things He has done and is doing. Thank you for reminder and would like to see more as I embark to seek His face, even more in this time I am going through I believe that God is faithful to keep His word. Bless you.

  6. Brother William

    July 20, 2017 12:16 am

    Actually, it's all about control. Music enters into the ear and stirs the senses. The music must be sensual, not spiritual. That is, it must be earthy and worldly to draw the masses and induce worship in the flesh. Maybe a couple hours of ebb and flo. Working the congregation into receiving fair words and good speeches by cunningly devised methods of manipulation.
    The precursor to sorcery is have power or preeminence over the people. Jesus Culture is the sorcerer's delight.

  7. joseph guidry

    July 23, 2017 9:23 am

    What Kiko did was not distracting to me at all. There's a difference culturally how some churches worship and I believe in your traditional Gospel churches, he would have been fine. CCM churches are different and that's okay. I believe God accepts it all as long as it is sincere and from the heart.

  8. steve sanchez

    July 27, 2017 2:47 am

    nice one but it always depend on what song do you play in your church. for us as musicians we just follow or imitate the player playing. so if it's Don Moen you know that their songs are mellow and not complicated just simple and vibrant but if you play Hillsongs and Planetshakers its another thing. it depends…but that overplay we call it jamming… welll do like that just for warm it but not in the service.

  9. Raja Suman

    July 28, 2017 1:51 am

    Don moen sir can u send the chords for hallelujah to the lamb song .
    I want to play just like you in our church workship
    sir please send the chords

  10. Eddie's Toy Reviews

    July 28, 2017 6:26 am

    for pad instead of just playing chords to fill in the blank space what is something you can play

  11. Moriah Burklund

    July 28, 2017 2:23 pm

    haha thank you @Medi Kay, im practicing piano for this black church i go to, and im new to thisnwhole gospel thing. my pastor was telling me how to play during prayér time, your comment deffinately helped through my confusion. its deffinately cultural and understanding your settings on how to play.

  12. Jenelson Cano-Lopez

    August 4, 2017 9:55 pm

    Do you want to "create an atmosphere for worship?" Then have a relation with the holy spirit, surrender your self and let him work through you. No matter how "good" or "bad" you are, if you ask God to use you, he will.

  13. Immanuel David Raj

    August 7, 2017 5:12 pm

    "Worship leaders" – no one deserves this except for the Holy Spirit. If you are not lead by the Spirit of God, you will be lead by other spirits.
    An atmosphere is not necessary for worship… People were worshipping while they were persecuted…
    If your heart is clean and you have a right conscious about how/what you are worshipping. That will please God.

  14. TheMusicGuy

    August 15, 2017 10:26 am

    This is just their opinion lol because every church I played for want talk music vibe that kiko did @3:25

  15. Eli Becerra

    August 18, 2017 11:53 pm

    For the Hispanic community that does not speak English would be very useful the translation to understand the message of the video.
    Greetings from Venezuela!!!

  16. Edward Ramus

    August 31, 2017 8:05 am

    I personally loved what Keko did and I heard the spirit just want to be free ! All depends what church your at ..!

  17. Andre White

    September 20, 2017 3:42 am

    From a Keyboard, M.D., Worship leader and all this Advice is SO SO ABSOLUTELY TRUE!!! I WISH
    I can teach my Musicians this same lesson. Thanks Again. Learning some More!

  18. Wilber Gonzalez

    October 28, 2017 11:52 am

    Wrong you can worship however you want. people like this guy is what’s the problem trying to control thing for his convenience smh .

  19. bgmatt1986

    January 30, 2018 3:41 pm

    Some of this is good and very True but sometimes it depends on what church you are in and what background they come from! I've been to some churches and played at when the worship leader/pastor would pray and pray on a level I call Churchey style lol those worship chords won't work in that moment so I wouldn't say busier Chords work in that moment but high praise Chords work in that moment

  20. epeli waqa

    February 11, 2018 10:57 pm

    Mr Moen…you said it right.. I had needed that for yrs…I play keys glad some1 of ur calibre to come up with the idea… bless u from Fiji

  21. Stephen Matthews

    February 18, 2018 6:23 am

    I have only recently stumbled across your videos. I really love watching them, particularly in regards to musicians listening to each other and creating a proper balance. As a church musician myself I have found some really great tips I have gained from watching them. It is great that you have shared this stuff with others and it is clear you are working with some Godly professional musos.

    However, in this video as far as what Kiko is doing to create "atmosphere" I will never do. What Kiko does at 3:25 is clearly very distracting but I find even the simple chords he was doing at the beginning of the video entirely breaking my concentration from the words. I find it very frustrating every time I hear this in other churches and worship settings. It may be partly because I have a mild/moderate hearing loss, making it harder to hear the words, but I think it may also be because as a musician I find myself naturally drawn to the sounds and harmonies. Whatever it is, it very much irritates me while I'm trying to listen to the preacher/prayer, to the point that I become very tense and certainly not in the mood for worship. I know I'm not alone in this as some others I speak with are of the same opinion.
    Do you think sometimes as musicians we think we need to fill empty space with sound where silence will perfectly suffice?

    I once saw a guest preacher at a conference where about 2/3 of the way through his talk a keyboardist came out and did exactly what Kiko was doing. The preacher asked him to move back of the stage. It was a rather awkward moment.

    As for "creating an atmosphere for worship" I'd be interested in knowing whether it really does for most people. Yes, I find that I can worship God simply with music where words cannot express my feelings, but this is not to distract from the spoken word. This is also why I do not like the term "worship team" being ascribed to the music team since music is only one form of worship that we engage in as believers and the body of Christ. I particularly refer to Romans 12:1 – "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship."

    So neither my music team nor I will play while somebody is preaching or praying as it may be distracting for who knows how many people, and I would urge others trying to emulate this "atmosphere" also to consider what works for their congregations.

    Though, as for everything else I've seen from your channel – absolute gold.

    Sorry for the lengthy rant, but this is something on my heart that I think people need to consider. I guess listening to the Holy Spirit can help guide musicians as to what will work in their situation.
    God Bless

  22. The Blessing

    March 8, 2018 3:23 pm

    wow, ive never seen any video that discuss about this. every church musicians should watch this. God Bless You for making this video..

  23. Daniel Siahaan

    March 26, 2018 1:52 pm

    hi shallom pastor, our church GPDI EL ROI in KROYA – INDONESIA need synthesiser and also piano sound keyboard, what is the best one among YAMAHA product = MX88, MONTAGE8, S90XS ? thank you pastor, our church love all your song and we mostly use your song for worship in our church, we have good person who play keyboard in our church, thank you pastor for your suggestion, may JESUS alway anoiting your service for CHRIST JESUS, Halleluyah

  24. Charlesdxb007 Dubai

    April 6, 2018 2:35 am

    Thank you Don and Kiko for sharing this wonderful info. God bless you, your family and your ministry

  25. AJANGA

    April 10, 2018 12:29 pm

    I'm a beginner in the playing of piano and God has been faithful to allow me play during praise and worship in our teens church. I thank God for using you to speak to me on how to be sensitive and not forget it's never about me. May His anointing be on you all the days of you life.

  26. Stephen Charles

    April 14, 2018 3:33 am

    Don you're right,,, those riffs carry really distract mostly people with good music ears. People like me can get distracted by that,,, so stop showing us can you play so well. Save it for praises, you can play them all during praises.

  27. Smokey Rosario

    April 16, 2018 6:39 pm

    Brokeness is the atmosphere. Not the music in the background. This is charismatic/extremely emotional religious crap. It creates a false spirit. Not of God! All emotions.

  28. Shawn Poindexter

    April 29, 2018 11:36 pm

    Thank you Don and Kiko. I really appreciate the soundness of your advice I am very, very grateful. This is truly the heart of worship!

  29. joseph clark

    May 3, 2018 8:52 pm

    i praise you for your dedication to God .
    remember what
    JS Bach said

    the aim and final end of all music is the glory of god and the refresment of the soul.
    take it from a composer who wrote over 620 pieces.

  30. Steven McClendon

    May 15, 2018 5:15 pm

    Good stuff, every church is different, some preachers request a song for u to play while they pray, um some want a war cry worship with minors and diminish chords, some want you to spill all the piano licks out when they are praying. All about what you want to hear.

  31. Daniel Castaneda

    May 20, 2018 5:14 am

    You have to know your congregation which is sad how he doesn’t say this. He’s white and white people go crazy if you simply add a minor 9th . In a gospel church you will get called out if you ain’t doing 11ths and 13ths lol this guy don’t know much tho he’s used too that weak three chord hill song stuff

  32. Lucas Borges

    May 28, 2018 3:47 pm

    Queria que muitos músicos que conheço aprendesse isso! E essa ideia tbm serve para o louvor, pois no louvor o mais importante é que a mensagem seja dita e não que vejam o músico tocando!

  33. elvisrashid kargbo

    June 1, 2018 1:20 pm

    I'm the music director in my church and i'm currently on the Montage 8 and i've got a lot of sounds i do blend with when creating a worship atmosphere..

  34. movie hack

    June 1, 2018 3:00 pm

    Hello , I watched your videos ..
    Did you know any software for midi controler for play in church….???

  35. Dhonz Owen

    June 7, 2018 8:27 am

    As i experinced in worshiping… I used a harmonic chords when my dad was praying… But in my part.. I used a strings… Music in a background… To minimize the tune… While my dad was praying… and also ialways take abot of control.. So that the prayer will not be destruct.. While we are on worshiping…

    As my thought..

  36. Rob F

    June 7, 2018 7:24 pm

    In my church, we used the Roland stage piano, but I added a small synthesizer, so I played piano and electric piano plus some synthesizer voices.

  37. Carol Bianchi

    August 2, 2018 3:36 am

    I didn't feel that it became all about Kiko when he played a little faster. That was a total exaggeration. I don't like that ethereal noise the whole time. I always stay in the background, but I play real songs that have a message in the background.

  38. David Suazo

    September 12, 2018 6:15 pm

    Let the Spirit of the Sovereign Lord move according to His will. Many pastors will be in hell because they want to be glorified instead of God. Kiko could be playing out in the world but instead he is doing the will of God.

  39. 함지현

    October 3, 2018 9:07 am

    Don, as a keyboard player for our church's worship band, now that I know what to do's and don'ts, I am surely set for the future. Thanks so much!

  40. Rob F

    October 7, 2018 11:03 pm

    It is the same as discussed in the "Overplaying" video but the level when it is distracting is much lower.

  41. Aaron Young

    November 26, 2018 11:07 pm

    And really, the busier accompaniment works great for leading into a song where they are picking up energy.
    The lesson here is for Aux Keys to be sensitive and heading to the moment.

    It can be just as a distraction if keys are playing something mellow & the song leader is starting escalate in mood. Love that we have all these to work together and extol the name of Jesus.

  42. Vickie Muringo

    December 20, 2018 4:46 am

    I agree with him 100% at this point many pianist take the advantage and make it their moment..but they should understand that this is not just about them it's about the connection with God..the peaceful atmosphere matters alot…

  43. 백건형제 key’s brother

    May 6, 2019 9:13 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing the tips in this video! I am a Korean and as a keyboardist in my church. this video was really helping me to serve the worship service!! You can check my youtube channel what I did!! God bless you!!

  44. Jerry Cripps

    June 1, 2019 3:55 am

    This guy has way too much pride. The holy spirit always pushes us out of our comfort zone that's why he's called the comforter

  45. Synths Programmer

    July 15, 2019 11:20 am

    Title and his opening words said it all. "Creating an atmosphere"

    Obviously all this human effort to try and market an idea that God is present, which is complete nonsense. No true talk about Jesus and the cross. The soul (mind, heart, will) must be crucified so that the Spirit can govern.

    But from their own lips, it's about trying to create an atmosphere. Yep. You created one alright, but God is not in attendance. All human effort, marketing, hooplah, etc. All work of the flesh.

    Shame, shame.

  46. charles olaoluwa ojo

    September 1, 2019 2:09 pm

    This is so true. The keyboard is the number one instrument and determines how deep our concentration is when we converse with the most high


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