Sources/ Standard Styles Of Musical Ad lib.

Sources/ Standard Styles Of Ad lib.

In earlier songs, ad libs were regarded as mere embellishments of songs. However in most recent times it has transcended and the perception is changing to a major part in the musical piece as it caters for the lapses created the former (sticking to only written solo pieces). A close review and overview of its existing use can be grouped into the following broad categories:

  1. Repetition of the Lines to be done or lines just done.

This logic entails the soloist/leader, using the lines that the other singers are about to do or have just done. In either of the two options, the end result desired to be achieved must be carefully considered before applying it.

Examples of common songs with this logic are:

It is well (it is well)…

There shall be showers of blessing (this is the promise…)

2. Question and Answer (Socratic) Style.

This is asking a question whose most probable answer is the lines of the song just done or to be done. It is very potent in reinforcing the faith and trust of the individual or believer in any situation in question. They were and repeatedly used in:

What shall we do today? Today o…

“Will you let go? I’ll Trust You Lord…” Donnie McClurkin

“How many times will I have to…? You Will Win”   Victor Atenaga.

3. Societal Relevance and Story Inflection.

The soloist/leader using this logic, introduces a story well known to the audience or about his/ her life into the song, then rearranges it melodiously to fit into every rest point and transition of the song done. It is one of the most potent ways of empathizing with the audience and getting them ministered to; once they know someone understands better, then it is easier to reach and lead them into their healing and re-socialization process.

“Still Calling My Name” Hezekiah Walker.

“Healing” Richard Smallwood.

4. Scriptural References.

Using scriptures that addresses the song done gives one of the widest option in add-lib. It sights the highest authority as a reference point and makes clear her stand point as regards the subject matter sung about. Several gospel and even secular artistes use this every day and time in their albums without copyright law against them; because they have the greatest law on their side (the law of Freedom in using this…).

“Your Majesty” Potters House Mass Choir

5.  The Holy Spirit’s utterance

The Holy Spirit’s utterance is a gift that is exclusively for Christians and the church. It can and will never be copyrighted anyone. They are neither premeditated nor planned, but always birthed a regenerated and alert individual who is spiritually sensitive on stage. They come in these guises during singing:

a. Prophecy

b. Speaking in tongues.

c. Interpretation of tongues.

This has become a standard and been found very helpful in most concerts and music ministrations.

“Holy” Donnie McClurkin.

“We Worship you in the Spirit” Deitrick Haddon.

“Your Majesty” Potters House Mass Choir.

1Cor 14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding

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One Reply to “Sources/ Standard Styles Of Musical Ad lib.”

  1. Thanks a lot for the establishment of D’Minstrel. Now I know that I should to write down my ad libs as inspired the Holyspirit. Practice it and Have faith while I minister. I enjoyed this session!!!

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