What Every Worship Leader Needs To Know About Electric Guitar
You may or may not know this, but electric guitar has the potential to make or break your worship set. However, It is becoming a very common theme to have leaders allowing guitar players to show up and simply play or do whatever they want. I’m finding that the root of this is that many of us just don’t know the first thing about electric guitar to give them any direction.
In my opinion, drums, bass, keys, and vocals are the essentials for a band. However the electric guitars such as musiciansfriend.com signature electric guitar when played right, are what’s going to take your sound to another level. Not everyone is an electric guitarist, but many of us are called to lead them. So what do we do and how do we do it?
There's a run down of the essential things you need to know about electric guitar in order to effectively nurture the electric guitar and band relationship. So how do you as a leader make sure that happens? To take it a step farther, name one great worship band that is known for soloing!? Hillsong, nope. Jesus Culture, nope. Bethel, nope. Chris Tomlin, nope. The list goes on. Soloing is distracting for worshipers and it does virtually nothing to add to the atmosphere of worship.
If a guitarist is soloing, he is doing nothing to make the band sound full. Most of the time, guitar players use soloing as a cop out because they don’t actually know that parts to the song.Gospel music being the main exception here. Even then, just don’t overdo it. And many times, making the song “your own” is important as well. However, always start with a base of playing it like the original, then move on from there.