Have you ever felt stagnant? As if you haven’t felt like your musical abilities have progressed in worship? Same old song, same old solo, same old same old. It could be time for you to challenge yourself. To further your talent and expand your creativity.
Here are three possible ways to amp up your creativity in worship.
Room to create: Sometimes we have a worship song that doesn’t carry a lot of guitar parts other than your simple chord progression. This leaves some space to create some leads and riffs to spice up the song a little bit. Have your team give it identity by your unique leads or guitar solo. Be sure to ask your worship leader in advance to be positive that your parts compliment the rest of the music and the band.
Tip: Try a riff that is basically the vocal melody. For example, Forever by Bethel Music. The instrumental is the vocal melody from the chorus!
Missing parts: Have you learned the song completely? There was a time where I wasn’t playing Oceans by Hillsong UNITED in its completion. So, I challenged myself to learn the parts to better myself and play the song verbatim. Give some of the songs your team plays a closer listen, little parts can make a big difference.
Total revamp: Maybe the style of the song is outdated or isn’t working for your specific congregation. Perhaps you have multiple worship teams in your church and you all play the same song here and there. Try giving it your own twist and new vibe. Is for youth? Give it a pop revamp. Young Adults? Maybe a laid back version, acoustic perhaps. Or, for your main services, bring out the theatrics and technicality. Start with hymns or throwback songs. How Great Thou Art or The Time Has Come by Hillsong UNITED. Then work your way up to changing up current songs. Possibilities are endless!
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