Q&A

Every so often I like to look over the Google searches that bring people to this blog. It’s interesting what people look for, and what brings them my way. There are a few great questions, and a few ridiculous questions. What questions are people who stumble upon this blog asking? Let’s find out.

BEST REVERB PEDAL FOR WORSHIP

It’s a subjective question. I think you get the most bang for your buck out of the Strymon Blue Sky, but if you’re on a budget I recommend the TC Hall of Fame used for about $100.

MUST HAVE PEDALS FOR RHYTHM GUITAR

A tuner. Everything else is optional.

Best Guitar For Worship Leading

I’m guessing that they’re talking about an acoustic guitar. Taylor guitars are pretty popular, and their Expression System pick up is excellent. Martin makes a very decent guitar, and Gibson seems to be the trendy choice at the moment. But are they the best? Who’s to say.

Those are all good brands, and they have some really good models. I own one and I enjoy it, but I’ve also played many of their guitars that were aweful. I have a very cheap Yamaha acoustic that I enjoy a lot, and I’m a big fan of Takamine’s mid-priced offerings. You don’t have to own the most expensive guitar to get the best sound.

WORSHIP LEADER COMPLAINS ABOUT MY RHYTHM GUITAR

It’s hard to say without specifics, but generally if they are complaining about something specific then go with it. It they’re just complaining, then have a conversation after the service is over or over coffee during the week, and find out what’s going on. If you have a specific thing email me HERE

BEST GUITAR GEAR FOR WORSHIP

When you figure it out, you tell me. I like Fender Medium picks.

THOUGHTS ON CHRISTMAS WORSHIP

I start prepping in September. Seriously.

WORSHIP GUITAR WITHOUT DELAY

There is no law that says you have to have a delay pedal in a worship band. What this person is probably talking about is a dotted 8th note U2 style delay. I’m just going to point out that the Edge uses a lot more delay settings than just Streets Have No Name.

My default mode as a worship guitarist is a clean to slightly overdriven tone with a compression pedal and mild reverb. Then I just strum chords and let them ring out or play arpeggios over the chords REM style. Simple is better.

WHAT PEDALS DO I NEED FOR WORSHIP

Generally speaking, it’s better to have 1 quality pedal than 3 cheaply made or poor quality pedals. That being said, the cheap stock Ibanez TS9 is a great pedal. See my Setting Up A Guitar Rig Series

BRITISH VS AMERICAN STYLE AMPS

There are two easy ways to think of this. British style amps (Vox, Marshall, and even some fenders) use EL84 or El34 Tubes. American style amps (generally Fender or Gibson and the boutique makers who copy them) use 6L6 or 6V6. These tubes determine how clean or gritty an amp will sound. The Vox AC30 is a british style amp used heavily (sometimes exclusively) by diverse bands like Foo Fighters, U2, and Radiohead. Because U2 uses them Hillsong does, and because Hillsong does, a lot of worship guys think they need to have a Vox. I like Vox’s a lot, I’ve owned a couple. Generally I prefer the American 6L6 voiced amps, but that’s a personal choice. Either are great for worship, its up to you which you like better.

TREMOLO IN WORSHIP

It’s a great effect. Use it subtlety to thicken up your tone, or use it more forcefully to add depth and atmosphere to slower or simpler songs. I use mine often.

BAD WORSHIP MUSIC

It’s so tempting to be snarky on this one.  So I’ll say this. Control what you can control. You can play good music badly, and bad music well. If you’re in the band and you can’t control the song choices, then do the best you can to serve where you’ve been called. If you’re a worship leader, choose good songs that connect with all the church, not just one demographic.

HILLSONG U2

Hillsong < U2

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PSALMS, HYMNS AND SPIRITUAL SONGS

I wrote about this HERE. But everyone is going to have a different definition. I personally enjoy and use all of them.

HYMNS ARE TOO OLD

Generally speaking, the biggest criticism of hymns that I’ve heard has come from people in their 40’s and 50’s. I’m gonna let that speak for itself. A lot of young guys love hymns.

GUITAR IN THE MIX

You don’t always have to be in the forefront. That being said, midrange is often the deciding factor. Scooping the mids is a popular setting, but you’ll get lost pretty easy in a church band. The mids on my amp generally sit around 1 O’Clock.

CHURCHES NEED DRUMMERS

You don’t NEED anything. If you don’t have a drummer, you just have to be creative with how you get the rhythm going.

CHRISTIAN BANDS SIMILAR TO U2 AND COLDPLAY

I wish more Christian bands were similar to U2 and Coldplay. Using a delay pedal doesn’t count.

DOES PHIL WICKHAM HAVE A HIGH VOCAL RANGE

I’m not going to justify this question with a response.

WHY IS THERE SO MUCH STRIFE IN THE WORSHIP TEAM

Start with you. Pray. Love. Submit. Serve.

BEST DRUM SHIELD FOR WORSHIP

None

DOES COLDPLAY USE A LOT OF REVERB

Yes. Which is a good thing for worship guitarist to note. A lot of sounds that I associated with delay effects were really reverb. Once I realized that, I was a lot better off.

HOW TO USE ELECTRIC GUITAR ON HYMNS

The same as you would on any other song.

I’M NOT A GOOD WORSHIP LEADER

Says who? My post The Accidental Worship Leader may be helpful for you. But if God has called you then he will empower you. I’m an average guitar player and a so-so singer. But God has called me to lead worship and I won’t despise that calling and neither should you.

Have any other questions? Want me to explain or expound on something I said? Leave a comment or shoot me an EMAIL

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3 thoughts on “Q&A

  1. Joshua Shin

    Been reading the blog for awhile, but first comment. Really appreciate all your articles!

    I’d also like to suggest the Stereo WET reverb pedal. My bass player tells me it sounds like “a choir of angels” and I think it’s a nice, simple version of the Strymon BlueSky. It also has a shimmer setting. Price wise, it’s between the Strymon and the TC.

    1. Hey Joshua,

      thanks for joining the conversation! The WET is a great pedal, and I haven’t heard a bad sound from it. There is kind of no wrong answer, it’s a great pedal. My point on cost is that for $70 more (new) you get a 2nd Reverb with the Blue Sky, but admittedly it’s not as thick and deep sounding. Trust your ear, and go with what works best for you. I’d never tell a guy with a pedal like that to get rid of it 🙂

      feel free to comment again

      -Adam

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