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How to Play Guitar for the Church

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You don’t need to be a super star guitarist to express your beliefs and play worship music. With some time, practice, and dedication, you can become a great worship guitarist for your church, and we’ll walk you through it all, step by step!

The first step to playing guitar for you church is learning your chords. In order to learn worship songs, you will need a full understanding of basic guitar chords. Don’t let this scare you off though; a full understanding of chords simply means that you must fully understand each chords name and general sound.

The easiest way to do this is to have a discussion with yourself about the chords you hear. When you play a G Major, what about it catches your attention? Is it the power, or the upbeat quality? Is it something else? It is important that you ask yourself these questions as they will help you to recognize chord shapes and variations without much thought. Simply put, identifying the key aspects and qualities of a G Major chord will help you to identify other versions of G chords. This will help you to easily play along to different shapes and progressions.

Next you need to learn your scales. Why?

Learning your scales will help you to anticipate coming changes. If you don’t recognize a chord sequence, all you have to do is think back to the scale, and thus you can discern the progression. This is a great practice tool, as it will allow you to familiarize yourself with unfamiliar things. That may sound odd, but it is true; knowing a scale and following discerning a chord progression can help you to recognize the difference in intervals between each chord quality, which will in turn help you to recognize the same progression in other keys simply by means of the interval.

praise lord with guitarFinally, to play guitar for your church, you simply need to practice. This may sound basic, but many musicians struggle with this aspect of playing. Practice isn’t simply sitting down, strumming around, and then sticking your guitar back in its case. You need to set yourself a practice regimen and stick to it. This regimen should consist of the above mentioned aspects, and you should spend a minimum of twenty minutes full dedicated to each section.

When you are learning your chords, say their names aloud so that you internalize the chord name. When you listen to a progression, study the progression and the progression only. Don’t allow yourself to become distracted by mundane things. Focus is the only way to achieve proper practice.

If you find you are struggling with a certain aspect of playing, simply spend extra time on it. Treat your practice as a job, and don’t be afraid to ask yourself questions regarding to whether you actually understand what you are playing or not. If you don’t, look it up. The worst thing you can do is force yourself to play on and learn a bad playing habit.

So long as you spend a block of time each day practicing and studying, you will have the tools to play with your church in no time!

As more and more people gain interest in church guitar lessons, the options of learning to play the guitar has also increased from traditional music classes to DIY praise guitar classes from DVDs or online sources. One of the best courses that focuses on worship guitar lessons is found below. Click the banner to find out more...