Raise your hand if you’re part of a worship team! Great, now this blog is made especially for you! Those who aren’t, does not mean that this blog won’t be of help, but can perhaps help prepare you for future service on a team.
I feel that I can’t stress enough the responsibility of a guitar player. Your guitar leads are not only leads for a song or a guitar solo, but your music really does LEAD a church into His presence. It releases praise and breaks bonds that hold people back. To have a church explode with praise is our goal as a worship team. In that aspect, you are a worship leader. So today, let’s look at two factors that can help you serve the church in worship.
Practice: Before hitting any stage or platform there must a time to practice and prepare yourself for your event. I feel that that is a universal process for any type of musician. You want to play with excellence and give your best to your music, so why not do the same for God. This is all for Him of course, let that be a daily reminder! It’ll make you such a better musician even more so. Imagine playing a well known song, for instance “Forever” by Bethel Music. One wrong note in that guitar lead can throw everyone off for a quick second. Some don’t recover and are sent down a path of flubs and wrong notes. PRACTICE.
Know Your Tone: I get it, electric guitar is awesome! Sometimes I’m taken back that I can play such an instrument! We just wanna shred and get a sweet guitar solo stuck in everyone’s head! Sometimes, they’ll remember that guitar solo, and not necessarily for a good reason. Take a few steps back and look at your band, what style do they learn towards? Do you really need that much distortion or volume? Do you really need to go into a solo at any given moment? Do you play parts on top of musicians parts when you probably shouldn’t? Are you turning off the church to what you’re team is trying to accomplish? These are some serious things that should be looked at to better one self, not condemn. Know your tone, shape it to fit the church setting, the band, and the type of people there are in the worship service. There will be a time to shred and kick up the drive, and when that time comes, have some fun and see what the Lord does with your musicianship and sensitivity to His presence.
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