Many congratulations to Zarc Porter and the rest of the iSingWorship team on winning ‘App of the Year 2016’ at the Premier Digital Awards! If you haven’t heard of iSingWorship, it’s a fantastic little app that let’s you Play a worship backing track, and Project lyrics in sync It’s pretty much a worship-team-in-a-phone […]
I’m guessing you’re here because you play electric guitar in church, and you want to develop your practical skills.
Your church has a rock/pop worship team with guitar, bass, drums, keys, vocals. You sing Hillsong, Chris Tomlin, Paul Baloche, ALM:UK and !Audacious.
You want to create interesting parts that lock in to the drums. Use effects, dynamics, chord substitutions. You want to go beyond copying the acoustic part, and make the songs rock.
You want to inspire those around you. You want worship to flow.
I’m Al Mellor, and it sounds like we like the same things. I think this site might help you..
I’m Al Mellor. I’ve been involved in worship and outreach bands since the 90s. I want to share what I’ve learned about playing guitar in those bands.
Effective worship playing is a cross between session playing, song arranging and composing a film score.
Instead of being The Rock Star ™, you’re concerned with helping people around you engage in worship with a musical backdrop. You’re creating emotive textures and soundscapes. You’re adding dynamics. You’re making ‘strong’, then ‘determined’ then ‘fragile’ and even ‘lamenting’ sounds.
It’s a different focus than a regular band. It took me a while to piece it all together. So I wanted to put it all down in one place so you can pick it up more easily than I did!
About the Course
This is a four level, practical course to grow you as a worshipping musician.
Start with Guitar Basics
We all start here! How to hold and tune a guitar, how to wire it up. Learning our first chord. Getting past those ‘buzzy’ sounds as we learn to hold our fingers correctly.
Learn Worship Guitar Skills
We go deeper into our instrument. More chords. Substitues. Melodic ‘twiddles’. Patterns of chords that fit together. We go up the neck. We use effects, create soundscapes.
We’re no longer playing on our own. We need to fit in. We learn how to ‘listen to each other’. We learn how to find space in the mix. We train our ear. We lock in to drums and bass. We need to cope with monitoring – hearing ourselves amongst others.
Create Flowing Worship
Our goal. We apply all these techniques to create a smooth, dynamic worship set. It rises and falls. It is powerful, then fragile. There are no disturbing gaps between songs, no awkward intros. We can play behind ‘improvised worship’ – when our congregation starts to sing off chart.
This course teaches you to play guitar in a team. You’ll apply every skill in a team situation using backing tracks. Even for your first chord!
Each track also has a video of the recommended part. And you can experiment with your own approaches.
Track your Progress
Know exactly where you’re up to. Simply Sign In, then use the ‘tick’ to mark a lesson complete.
Ask Questions, Talk with Others
Once you’ve signed in, you can join in the questions thread below each lesson. Ask me to explain something, or ask other signed in students what they think.
Why this course?
- Specifically for Worship Guitarists
- Mobile, Tablet, Desktop friendly lessons
- Covers basics to flowing worship
- Instant access HD video
- Learn at your own pace
- Develop teamwork skills
From the Blog
Great question on Quora: Can an acoustic guitar player learn electric? I think this is very common in church worship teams. There are a lot of acoustic players out there. Acoustic is great for worship leaders. You can play at a simple level, and focus on leading. Not on intricate guitar. But many acoustic players […]
Spontaneous worship. What is it? How do we handle it in the worship team? And what can we play on electric guitar to support it?