Heartfelt Music Academy Workshops

Welcome to the Heartfelt Music Academy Workshops Page.  You can read what each workshop is about, register for a workshop in your area, and pay in advance through Pay Pal.  To find workshops in your area, go to the Calendar page or click on “Coming Workshops” listed just below this contents.  The possible workshops are:

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Coming Workshops

Click here to check the calendar for coming workshops:

 

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Training Day

These workshops are for everyone! This all day Saturday event is especially designed for musicians who desire to be trained in some or all of the following areas: walking intimately with God, leading worship, singing at their best, playing guitar better, and writing songs with impact. Even non-musicians will enjoy enhancing their lifestyle of worship and improving their singing. Each workshop is “learner oriented” with a blend of participation, demonstration and teaching.  The majority of the workshops are hands-on where each person participates with the techniques being demonstrated.  Through Biblical insight and practical experience, Reggie inspires the correlation of dynamic faith in Jesus Christ with creative and expressive musicianship.  Click on the following workshop titles to get details about each one. The Saturday schedule of the five workshops on the Training Day will be:

  • 9:00am    Creative Songwriting
  • 10:30am  Worship Infusion
  • 12:00pm  Lunch (not provided)
  • 1:00pm    Leading Worship Effectively
  • 2:30pm    Improving Your Singing
  • 4:00pm    Dynamic Guitar in Worship

There are helpful materials given to each individual.  Those who have attended either the Christian Guitarist Workshops or Christian Guitarist Conferences know how training from Reggie will give you a spirited “shot in the arm” to prepare you for ministry. You can attend as many workshops as you like. Attending only one workshop is $20.00; two workshops for the day are $30.00 ($15.00 each workshop); and three, four, or all five workshops for the day are only $40.00 (a 60% discount). Scroll to the bottom of this page to register.

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Multiple Guitars in Worship

This new 90 minute interactive workshop is for electric and acoustic guitarists involved in church worship. Reggie Coates and James Jurado will be giving creative ideas to enhance guitar playing in a church worship setting involving more than one guitar. They will demonstrate an acoustic playing with another acoustic, an electric playing with an acoustic, and an electric playing with another electric. This is a hands on workshop, so bring your guitar! The main thrust will be applying variety and contrast. .

  • Variety through guitar sound combinations (tone contrast)
    • Acoustic & acoustic
    • Electric & electric
    • Acoustic & electric
  • Variety through different key combinations (voicing contrast)
    • capos
    • Alternate tunings
  • Variety through range combinations (range contrast)
    • 1st position E2 with a 7th position E2
    • 3rd position C7 with an 8th position C7
  • Variety through right hand techniques (style contrast)
    • strumming vs. picking
    • scrapping vs. muting

. They will explore these concepts through popular praise songs such as God of Wonders, Love the Lord Your God, How Great Is Our God, Here I Am to Worship, I Could Sing of Your Love, Enough, You Are My King (Amazing Love), and Shout to the Lord. The cost of only $20.00 includes the workshop and handouts (use the “All One and a Half Hour Workshops”PayPal icon below).

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Worship Infusion

This 90 minute interactive workshop is for anyone desiring to worship God in all aspects of their life. Everyone gets involved in discussing three prominent areas of worship:

  • The Heart aspect of worship (passion & purpose)
  • The Art aspect of worship (process & programming)
  • The Hard aspects of worship (people & politics)

There will be an inclusive atmosphere which is inter-denominational, multi-generational, cross-cultural, and focused on the essentials. Each part is participative and not merely “lecture” oriented. This relevant workshop is great for both…

  • Worshipers who may not have leadership experience, but want to enhance their lifestyle of worshiping God and their group worship experience; and
  • Worship leaders, lead worshipers, and music directors (anyone given the task of helping people worship in a group setting) to further their understanding, empathy, and ability to lead others is worship.

Through seasoned insight and practical experience, Reggie will help all who attend:

  • Embrace the foundational essence of worship
  • Provide an interactive forum on infusing worship in our lives
  • Take a look at organizing and administration of worship gatherings
  • Discuss the value of various leadership styles
  • Tackle current problems & distractions
  • Synergize practical solutions & motivators
  • Respond to questions and comments
  • Provide valuable resources and helpful material

In the midst of today’s huge emphasis on worship and plethora of worship training events, this vibrant workshop is a “breath of fresh air” you won’t want to miss. The cost of only $15.00 includes the workshop and handouts.

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Dynamic Guitar in Worship

This hour and a half empowering workshop for all Christian guitarists (intermediate through advanced) is designed to teach creative and expressive guitar playing in a worship setting, combining the technical and fun aspects of guitar playing with spiritual passion.  This workshop is a blend of participation, demonstration and teaching.  The majority of the workshop is hands-on where each person plays along with the techniques being demonstrated.  Through Biblical insight and practical experience, Reggie inspires the correlation of dynamic faith in Jesus Christ with creative and expressive guitar playing.  Reggie will cover:

  • Expressive Techniques in Worship
  • Making Songs Flow (The Art of Transition)
  • Common Contemporary Chord Progressions
  • Creative Teamwork with More than One Guitar
  • Learning Technique through Songs
  • Gaining Confidence
  • Helpful Exercises

There are helpful materials given to each individual.  Those who have attended either the Christian Guitarist Workshops or Christian Guitarist Conferences know how training from Reggie will give you a spirited “shot in the arm” to prepare you for ministry. This workshop costs $20.00. To pay through Pay Pal, click on the “All One and a Half Hour Workshops” icon below.

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Improving Your Singing

This hour and a half motivational workshop for Christian vocalists is designed to enhance skill and faith, combining the technical and fun aspects of singing with spiritual passion.  This workshop is a blend of participation, demonstration and teaching.  The majority of the workshop is hands-on where each person sings along with the techniques being learned and demonstrated.  Through Biblical insight and practical experience, Reggie inspires the correlation of dynamic faith in Jesus Christ with creative and expressive singing. Reggie will cover:

  • The Five Vocal Parts
  • The Six Points to Good Vocal Production
  • God’s Delight in Singing
  • Leading Others in Worship through Singing
  • Versatile Technique (singing in choirs, ensembles, and solos)
  • Expression and Communication
  • Vocal Problems
  • Gaining Confidence
  • Helpful Exercises

This is open to the beginner as well as the experienced singer. There is something for everyone.  There are helpful materials given to each individual.  The workshop attendance is not limited.  The vocalists in your church will have such an inspirational time and the goal is for them to not only be informed, but transformed – equipped to use their talents to glorify God. Even if you are an instrumentalist, but want to improve your voice, this intensive workshop is for you. The cost is $20.00.

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Leading Worship Effectively

This hour and a half insightful workshop is designed to teach how to enhance individual and group singing and worship in the church, motivate a lifestyle of intimate worship, inspire confidence and expression, and build “team” unity with good communication.  The workshop is a blend of participation, demonstration and teaching where theology, philosophy and methodology of leading singing are discussed.  Through Biblical exposition and practical experience, Reggie unveils the essentials which empower your group to be more effective. Reggie will cover:

  • The Importance of Volitional Worship of God
  • What God Thinks (Theology)
  • Music is Communication (Philosophy)
  • Inspiring Others to Sing & Worship (Methodology)
  • Teamwork & Confidence

This workshop is a shorter version of the 3 hour Leading Singing Effectively & Team Building Workshop. There are helpful materials given to each individual.  The workshop attendance is not limited. This workshop costs $20.00. To pay through Pay Pal, click on the “All One and a Half Hour Workshops” icon below.

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Creative Songwriting

This hour and a half workshop for Christian songwriters (and those who want to write songs) is designed to teach the foundational principles in the craft of songwriting. Whether for a radio commercial, a ballad of your life story, or a song in a worship setting, you will find practical techniques and useful ideas.  This workshop is a blend of participation, demonstration and teaching.  Through Biblical insight and practical experience, Reggie inspires the correlation of dynamic faith in Jesus Christ with creative and expressive songwriting.  Reggie will cover:

  • Creativity and Inspiration
  • The Eight Elements of Songwriting
  • Subject Matter
  • The Media and the Listeners
  • Writing Lyrics
  • Writing Music
  • Constructing a Song
  • Collaboration
  • Protecting Your Songs
  • Publishing & Demos

There is enough here for the experienced songwriter as well as those who want to write for the first time. Reggie is an award winning songwriter with a number of his songs used by churches and youth groups throughout the nation. His song Ain’t Nobody has been published in the songbook called Fun and Rowdy Songs for Youth alongside such hit songs as Big House and Shut De Do. It has also been included on the new Crazy Praise 2 CD by Benson-Brentwood Publishing.The workshop attendance is not limited. There are helpful materials given to each individual. This workshop costs $20.00. .

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Beginning Bass Guitar

This hour and a half empowering workshop is for Christian bass guitarists who are just picking up the bass guitar or those who have been playing for a short time and would like to get some formal training.  It is designed to teach basic bass technique, creative and expressive playing in a worship setting. This workshop is a blend of participation, demonstration and teaching.  The majority of the workshop is hands-on where each person plays along with the techniques being demonstrated.  Through Biblical insight and practical experience, Reggie inspires the correlation of dynamic faith in Jesus Christ with creative and expressive bass guitar playing.  Reggie will cover:

  • Basic Bass Guitar Techniques
  • Making Songs Flow in Worship
  • Contemporary Chord Arpegios
  • Working with a Band
  • Learning Technique through Songs
  • Gaining Confidence
  • Helpful Exercises

This workshop costs $20.00. To pay through Pay Pal, click on the “All One and a Half Hour Workshops” icon below.

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Christian Guitar Workshop for Beginners

This motivational workshop for beginning Christian guitarists is designed to teach the basics of guitar playing, combining the technical and fun aspects of guitar playing with spiritual passion.  This workshop is a blend of participation, demonstration and teaching.  The majority of the workshop is hands-on where each person plays along with the techniques being demonstrated.  Through Biblical insight and practical experience, Reggie inspires the correlation of dynamic faith in Jesus Christ with creative and expressive guitar playing.  Reggie will cover:

  • First Steps
  • Fundamentals
  • Tuning the Guitar
  • Parts of the Guitar
  • Playing Positions
  • Starting to Play
  • Scales and Timing
  • Flatpick Technique
  • Basic Chords
  • Contemporary Chords
  • Common Progressions
  • Finger Picking
  • Care and Maintenance
  • Leading Singing with Guitar
  • Gaining Confidence
  • Learning Technique through Songs
  • Helpful Exercises

Only beginning guitarists are recommended to attend. The more advanced student may get frustrated because of the slower pace of the workshop.  There are materials given to each individual which will keep you motivated for months to come including a book called The New Complete Guitarist by Richard Chapman ($20.00 value).  The workshop costs $38.00, which includes instruction, book, magazine and written resource materials.  You will have such an inspirational time. The goal is for you to be more than informed, to be transformed and equipped to use your talents to glorify God.

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Christian Guitar Workshop for Intermediate

This motivational workshop for Christian guitarists is designed to enhance musical skill and Christian faith, combining the technical and fun aspects of guitar playing with spiritual passion.  This workshop is a blend of participation, demonstration and teaching.  The majority of the workshop is hands-on where each person plays along with the techniques being demonstrated.  Through Biblical insight and practical experience, Reggie inspires the correlation of dynamic faith in Jesus Christ with creative and expressive guitar playing.  Reggie will cover:

  • Expressive Techniques & Effects
  • Playing Riffs & Melodies
  • Variety in Styles (Fingerstyle, Flamenco, Blues, Alternate Picking)
  • Tunings and Slide
  • The Major Scale
  • Chords and Scales
  • Major Chord Sequences & Progressions
  • Rhythmic & Percussive Strumming
  • The Cycle of Keys
  • Barre Chords
  • Transposing & Moving Chords
  • Alternate Tunings
  • Use of Capos
  • Leading Singing with Guitar
  • Gaining Confidence
  • Learning Technique through Songs
  • Helpful Exercises

This is for intermediate guitarists only. The beginner would get frustrated because of the intensive nature of the workshop. Each student must have the strength to play a barre chord.  There are materials given to each individual which will keep you motivated for months to come including a book called The New Complete Guitarist by Richard Chapman ($20.00 value).  The workshop costs $38.00, which includes instruction, book, magazine and written resource materials.  You will have such an inspirational time. The goal is for you to be more than informed, to be transformed and equipped to use your talents to glorify God.

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Christian Guitar Workshop for Advanced

This motivational workshop for advanced and professional Christian guitarists is designed to enhance musical skill in light of your faith, combining the technical and fun aspects of guitar playing with spiritual passion.  This workshop is a blend of participation, demonstration and teaching.  The majority of the workshop is hands-on where each person plays along with the techniques being demonstrated.  Through Biblical insight and practical experience, Reggie inspires the correlation of dynamic faith in Jesus Christ with creative and expressive guitar playing.  Reggie will cover:

  • Advanced Techniques & Effects
  • Variety in Styles (Rock, Brazilian, Jazz, Classical, Alternate Picking)
  • Extending Chords
  • Major Scales Across the Board
  • The Modal & Minor Systems
  • Harmonic Resolution
  • Single-Note Exercises
  • Pentatonic Scales
  • Imporvising & Soloing
  • Jazz Progressions
  • Developing Voicings
  • Melody over Chords
  • Advanced Scales
  • Capos & Alternate Tunings
  • Developing Creativity
  • Leading Singing with Guitar
  • Gaining Confidence
  • Learning Technique through Songs
  • Helpful Exercises

Only advanced guitarists are recommended to attend. There are materials given to each individual which will keep you motivated for months to come including a book called The New Complete Guitarist by Richard Chapman ($20.00 value).  The workshop costs $38.00, which includes instruction, book, magazine and written resource materials.  You will have such an inspirational time. The goal is for you to be more than informed, to be transformed and equipped to use your talents to glorify God.

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Leading Worship Effectively & Team Building

This three hour dynamic workshop for musicians and leaders is designed to develop the skill of the musicians and leaders, enhance the corporate singing of the church, expand understanding of group worship dynamics, motivate a lifestyle of intimate worship, inspire confidence and expression, and build “team” unity with good communication.  The first half of the workshop is a blend of participation, demonstration and teaching where theology, philosophy and methodology of leading singing are discussed.  Through Biblical insight and practical experience, Reggie unveils the essentials which empower your group to be more effective.

  • What God Thinks (Theology)
  • Music is Communication (Philosophy)
  • Inspiring Others to Sing & Worship (Methodology)

The second half of the workshop is a Practicum where music is explored in various styles.  The musicians play together while Reggie leads and makes observations to apply the methods discussed earlier. He can video tape musicians and  immediately review them with positive feedback. This section is uniquely tailored for your music team with specific emphasis on troubled spots.  Reggie looks to enhance:

  • Music Quality
  • Good Organization
  • Team Cohesiveness and Spirit
  • Individual Expression and Passion
  • Sincerity and Believability

Reggie is willing to come to your church in order to work alongside you, your musicians and enhance your ministry.  Show your music team they are highly valued by treating them to some very encouraging training tailored just for them. .

REGISTRATION FORM (When paying by PayPal/Credit or Debit card, copy and paste this form to an email, fill it out, and send it to info@heartfeltmusic.org)

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To pay with Check or Money Order, send payment and Registration Form to Workshops, Heartfelt Music Ministry, PO Box 3, Mount Hermon, CA 95041.

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Please don’t hesitate to call us at (925) 206-9895 if you have any questions. Thank you.

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