The Electric: Chord Voicing

In this series I try and address different aspects of the practical side of playing electric guitar in church music. This week we’ll talk about chord voicing and how they can be used when playing in the church band.



A while back I was asked to play electric guitar at the last minute. The church had an electric and an amplifier and that was it. No overdrive pedal, no delay, the amp  had some reverb but the options were pretty much just “on” and “off'”. What’s a guitar player to do?

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Changes and My Lack Of Blogging

I haven’t blogged a lot lately. In fact, I think my last post came on March 22. Why is that? Well, I’m moving. I’m joining the pastoral team at Cornerstone Ministries in Napa, California. It’s a busy time for my family and I as you can imagine.

What will I be doing there? I’ll be an assistant pastor with an emphasis on teaching and outreach. I will NOT be the worship pastor. But I’ll still lead worship from time to time.

What does that mean for this blog? That’s a good question. I’m hoping that when the dust settles I’ll have more time to write. One of the things that I feel has helped define this blog is that I’m not the paid worship pastor at a big church. I’ve been the unpaid, volunteer music director at a very normal church. It’s partly why I started this blog, in that I felt that a lot of the blogs and podcasts for worship leaders weren’t dealing in the reality I knew. So while my job and role is changing a lot will remain the same. I’m not the worship pastor so my musical involvement will be my own personal ministry. Cornerstone is an average church, not a mega church, so I’ll still be dealing with the realities of worship ministry in the real world. In addition, since I won’t be the one setting the vision for music like I was at Calvary:Arlington I’ll be able to write things from a different perspective which will be a good thing for the blog.

So, that’s why I haven’t been writing much. Hope that changes in the next few months.