The keyboardist could lead the entire worship set alone (without any team members assisting) for 20 or 30 minutes. Here the keyboardist must be able to play and sing simultaneously, and may also have to talk or pray between numbers— do whatever needs to be done. This scenario confers a greatly enlarged role to the keyboardist!
This chapter focuses on the process of integrating jazz encirclings and countryhammers—that is, melodic embellishments—into your improvising style. We use the broader term “encirclings” to include what former theorists called “changing tones” or “incomplete neighbors.” Encirclings can surround the root, third, or fifth of major or minor chords.