I’m currently training 3 teenage guitar players at my church. I started them out by teaching them the 1 – 4 – 5 – and 6m chords in the key of G. When it comes to playing a song in a non-friendly guitar key, like Bb, I usually make use of Planning Center Online’s chord chart transposition features. With a couple of mouse clicks I can quickly produce a capo 3 chart with familiar G family chord shapes. This keeps my players from getting that “deer in the headlights” look when I hand them a Bb chart. (Ahhh… what would we do with out our friend, the capo?!) One of them asked me recently, “Can you teach me some new chords? I’m tired of playing in G!” All right, kiddo, you asked for it!
Here’s a new guitar lesson called Bb Chord Scale – Guitar Lesson that teaches a concept called the “chord scale.” If you take some time to get the chord shapes from this lesson under your fingers, soon you’ll be able to leave your capo inside your case the next time your worship leader hands you a chart in Bb. They could end up being the one with that “deer-in-the-headlights” look! I hope you find this helpful. Let me know if you have any questions about it!
Here’s a video demo of me playing the chord scale from this lesson:
One of my Skype students asked me this week about how to improve at fingerpicking while leading worship – without having to think too much. Honestly the only way to play in any style without having to think too much is to practice, practice, practice, etc. The goal is to get to that place where all the technical skills become second nature. To that end, I offer this little fingerpicking exercise. I’ve included the chord diagrams and TAB. Just click on this: Fingerstyle Exercise by Pat Shelby
Have fun! Leave a comment if you have any questions.
I remember years ago, subbing on guitar at the church of a mentor friend of mine. We were rehearsing a song and he turned to me and said, “Take a solo, Pat!” I froze. I had no idea what to do. That was a defining moment for me. I left that service determined to improve my skills as a guitarist. This lesson is birthed out of that experience. Armed with your favorite DAW, iPad (I like to use Garage Band on the iPad), looper pedal, or just a hand-held digital recorder – use this lesson to give you confidence to be able to play a solo, or add worshipful improvisation over those extended prayer vamps. If you’re not that tech savvy, get someone from your worship team to play a loop for you. Download the lesson here. Remember… God gives you talent – practice turns talent into skill – and skill is an offering to God. Ps. 33:3 -Pat
Here’s a FREE online guitar lesson on how to avoid “double trouble” on the worship team. “What kind of trouble?” you may ask… If you have 2 acoustic guitarists on your worship team it can be pretty tricky to figure out a distinct part for each guitarist to play. Especially if you’ve never explored the guitar south of the 3rd fret. Let’s suppose your worship leader leads with guitar and they have the 1st position chords all locked up – like G, C, D, Em. As the No. 2 player, you’re not sure what to play. Do you just double up on the same chords, pick some lame arpeggio or play the tonic note once in a while? Wouldn’t it be a better team approach if you could add your own unique chord voicing that fit beautifully with the rest of the band? What if I told you that you could make your guitar sound almost like a mandolin? Interested??? Click here to go to the Free Video Page on my new website. Or you can watch the video right from this post. Be sure to download the companion PDF! Please let me know what you think of the lesson and if you found it helpful. Blessings to you and your worship teams! I’m leaving in the morning for NWLC 2012 – maybe we’ll see some of you in KC!