Learning praise and worship for guitar is a common aspiration among Christian guitar players, for everyone wants to be the next best worship leader or the talented musician who can pick up a guitar and strum out the latest popular worship song. However, it is unfortunate that many beginner students pick up four easy chords and expect to be a great worship leader.
Being able to lead praise and worship on a guitar is much more than knowing G, C, D, and Em and a basic strumming pattern. It’s more than putting together a few musical phrases and belting out the words. Why is it that worship leaders think they don’t need musical skill to perform their job? Just as with any musicians, it is important to have thorough knowledge of your instrument if you intend to play praise and worship music.
Studying music theory along with guitar chord sheets and strumming patterns is essential in being a good praise and worship leader. A worship leader performs better when he understands the concept of chord progression, musical patterns, transposing, and timing. These skills also help him work well with other musicians for easier practices and better worship services.
Learning praise and gospel on the guitar is not difficult if you have the right kind of lesson structure and a good foundation in music. The resources for praise and worship music is endless, thanks to the internet, and many Christian worship artists are now offering chord sheets along with their music.
Remember also that a worship leader’s education is never complete. You might go get a degree in music, but there is always something new to learn. There are always new chords, new songs, new singing techniques, new worship ideas, and new Biblical worship concepts to learn. As a worship leader, it’s important to keep an open mind as you play your guitar.
If learned correctly and practiced diligently, playing gospel guitar can be a powerful resource for leading people into worship, a gift that will be used and blessed in many places.
Source by P. Gian