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5 Tips for electric guitar in the worship band

Get the right gear!
Get the right gear first!

For about 2 years I have been leading worship from the ELECTRIC guitar!  Deffinely a challenge and something that has taken a long time to get the hang of during a worship service.  Here are my top 5 tips for getting started with it.

Tip #1

If you are new at the approach of leading worship from electric guitar, be sure to have a strong accoustic player in the band with you and get the right gear.  Click here for Eric’s top 5 tips for electric guitar worship leading!

Tip #2

Get the right guitar.  Make sure it stays in tune.  Make sure it is a good quality and can produce the right tone for worship.   I use a Fender Mexican Strat with 3 single coil pickups.

Tip #3

Get the right tone…. This is huge and you can work for years tweeking it so be patient and be dilligent.   I currently use the Pod Live X3 Pedal. Very versitle though sometimes hard to set up.

Tip #4

Get the right monitor system.  I found that stereo floor wedges worked great for this.  I sent my electric through one and the other guitar player through the other.  This gave great seperation and allowed me to really hear what was going on.  I play with a band with 2 electric guitars so this is really important.   I love the Aviom system…. it is the best thing that has ever happened to me concering sound system technology…. more about that later.

Tip #5

Once you are all set up and ready to play the electric guitar for worship, be sure you don’t melt anyones face off (except for maybe yours).  Work with the band, your tones, your sound team to get the best blend for your instrument in the worship setting.  You are going to have to change the way you strum, pick and overall how you play the guitar to make this work.
I switched to electric in the beginning because many of the players at my church were unable to play the lead parts and my backgroud as a lead guitar player for my previous bands gave me the edge for playing the new electric parts.
Check out the new arrangement of the song “Mighty is the Power of the Cross Video Click Here”
More on techniqes for electric guitar will follow in my upcoming blogs and videos.  Watch some of my videos on youtube to get the feel for how I use the electric guitar in worship.



8 responses to “5 Tips for electric guitar in the worship band

  1. Rick Mullan November 4, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    I appreciate your approach. Started leading with guitar (electric) 2 years ago via your teaching DVD’s. Thank You. I use a Fender American Deluxe H,S,S and a Boss GT-10.


  2. Electric Guitar Lessons January 8, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Considerably, the article is actually the best on this topic. I absolutely agree with your conclusions and look forward to your future updates. Saying thanks will not just be adequate, for the tremendous lucidity in your writing. I will instantly grab your rss feed to stay informed of any updates. Gratifying work and much success with your site in the future!

  3. Magali March 22, 2010 at 3:27 am

    Hi: I would like to know if you have lessons for electric guitar players. I am beginner.
    Thank You

  4. Magali March 22, 2010 at 3:28 am

    Hi Eric, do you have lessons just for electric guitar?

    • 8chordsonline April 6, 2010 at 10:09 pm

      I am working on some electric guitar lessons right now. You can use my course for electric or acoustic guitar! The 3rd section has a lot of theory that is good for electric guitar.

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