Being a worship guitarist can be fun and challenging. You have to make sure that your guitar is able to give something great or balancing the worship music. The main achievement is of course to give great positive effect to the listeners with great sounds. So, what are the golden rules you must have as a worship guitarist?
1. Stick to the Original Song
The first golden rule you must follow is try to stick to the original song as close as you can. Don’t give too much ornament otherwise it breaks the essential meaning of the music. What you need to remember as the main function of our music is to increase positive feeling of the listeners through that worship music. Listeners are touched by the original song although you are using various music instruments to play the music. In fact, it shows your humbleness and artistic feeling when you are playing the worship song just like the original.
2. Use Your Electric Guitar
Electric guitar will be a good option if you are worship guitarist. The sound of electric guitar is greater than acoustic guitar especially because most of worship guitarists tend to play with a full band.
3. Separate between Rhythm and Lead Clearly
The idea is to know who will play the rhythm and who will play the lead. The function is of course to create the best worship music. You may use this trick especially if you wrote down the music by yourself.
4. Decide the time to play rhythm and lead
Try to balance the rhythm and lead and don’t sacrifice each other. What you have to do is listening to the sound of the band. Try to fill it with the right chords if you think that there is empty sound from the band.
5. Be Ready to Play as a Worship Guitarist
You don’t need to be afraid of not playing. In fact, you have to be ready to play your electric guitar. Some worship songs have more empty sound and this is your time to use your electric guitar to feel it. The idea is you know when to play and when not to play.
6. Try to Create Ambience
Creating ambience works well especially if you play with a small band. You may try to create ambience in the beginning of soft song, in down parts, and many more.
7. Think Something Simple
You have to think something simple when you coming up with a lead line. To make it simple, try to hear the melodies and how to do something to make the song sounds attracting to listen. The most important, don’t create overly complicated lead line.
8. Notice the Singer
You also need to notice the singer before playing your electric guitar. Never play something at the same time with the singer. When singer sang, it is the time for them to declare their worship and don’t disturb with your electric guitar.
9. Create Chord Inversion
You may play the rhythm and lead at the same time. The purpose is to boost the sound. As the result, listeners can listen and truly enjoy great worship song because you are also playing with big chords.
10. Remember the Goal
The last thing to notice is to remember about what you want to achieve in playing worship song. The main purpose is to enhance worship. As a professional worship guitarist, your job is to make sure that the song is played dynamically.