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Student Skip Hoard leading worship twice a month!

Skip Hoard, 8chords student and photographer leads worship twice a month

Hi Eric,

I’ve been trying to learn guitar for many years and never had the discipline to work through all the theory. I’ve taken lessons several times but after months and months I never seemed to get anywhere and quit, I’ve quit more times than I care to admit. Believe it or not I got my first guitar while in the Navy in 1963 and have struggled ever since, laying off for years at a time. Now, at 67, I’m leading worship twice a month with the children’s ministry at my church and loving it!! Your program was just what I’ve been looking for!!

God Bless You,

Skip Hoard

S&H Photography

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Question about the G chord, it is new and for modern music

On Apr 28, 2011, at 10:22 AM, Tim wrote:

I am a little slow in following the video courses but, I noticed that your G chord is different than some others, and it looks like there are a number of different ways to play the G chord.  My question to you is, do I need to learn it the way you show, or if it is easier for me another way, will it be ok to learn it differently.  I think I can get it the way you show but the hard part is getting my ring finger and pinky both to be there without muting the string and I can’t seem to consistently place any of my fingers where they need to be without them resting on another string.  I hope that the more I practice the more I will be able to keep my fingers out of the way.

Thanks for the free course and I am going to continue to practice learning these 3 chords before I go on to course #2.
Tim Lelek


Eric Wrote:

Tim, It is ok for you to learn this new more modern form of the G chord.  When most modern songs from worship to country approach the G chord, it looks just like this new shape.  When you are playing an older song, hymn, older country feel or some songs that call for that more traditional G chord, you will know to switch to it but for most songs in modern worship, this new G chord shape is the best and is very popular.   So, just keep practicing it until it feel natural.  Just remember to keep your third finger (ring finger) down when switching between the G, C, D and Em7.  This is your anchor!

Make sure your hand is tilted very nicely to avoid always muting other strings accidently!

That problem is rooted in your posture of your hand.

Hope this helps!


Chords spelled out for worship song One and Only

hi, i’m looking for the chord forms you use with all the open strings,
like in ‘one and only’..

can you point me in the right direction?


I teach this method in the 8chords program,  if you go to my members area, you can download a chord chart with similar chords.

here are the chords spelled out

G = 3X00033
Asus- X0223X
D = XX0232
Bm = X2023X

Hope this helps.


2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.


In 2010, there were 22 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 42 posts. There were 52 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 9mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was January 12th with 560 views. The most popular post that day was Free Downloads.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were angelfire.com, 8chords100songs.com, mail.yahoo.com, learnworshipguitar.net, and mail.live.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for electric guitar, electric guitars, the god i know chords, hymns, and electric guitar pictures.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Free Downloads January 2010


5 Tips for electric guitar in the worship band October 2009


5 Free Worship Songs January 2008


2 Free Christmas Song Sheets December 2010


The God I Know March 2010

Michigan Homeschool Group Plays Worship Concert with Eric’s Program

Their class met for 40 minutes each week in Michigan.  Let by Carol Waldo, a homeschool mom.  Carol had minimal experience when she took on this challenge of teaching the kids.  She used my videos during class and the students used the worship guitar songbooks and method from my 8chords100songs program.  Now, each class is playing and strumming and singing along with great worship songs.  This video blessed me and I know it will bless you too!

If you have a homeschool group and would like to add music and guitar classes, please contact me to let me know.  I can help you along the way and offer discounts for bulk orders of my books and materials.

On this video, the students are playing along with my play-along CD and it keeps them on track.  It is easy to do once you learn the chords and patterns in my program.

Thanks for watching!
Eric Roberts

Ryan Stover Student Interview

Hear from Ryan Stover about his journey from student to worship leader at his church!


A new worship leader experience

Story from a student who is now leading worship:

Leading worship yesterday was a monumental life moment for me. Please allow me a little reflection and testimony.

After already being part of the P&W team for a couple of years, I felt God’s call to be a worship leader about two years ago. Truthfully, I felt kind of like Abraham and Caleb who were called to perform specific tasks for the lord at an age when most people would consider that God would not use them for anything new. I am much older than everyone else on the P&W team, my voice is average, my guitar skills are minimal and my fingers to play that guitar don’t work as well as they used to. So, I wondered, why God would call me to do such an important task when there is already ample and adequate younger talent in the CCA body. I still wonder. Still.

Train and pray for what God has for you.

So, in a meeting with Eric I expressed this calling. He confirmed this without reservation and went to work to train me musically, emotionally and spiritually to fulfill God’s direction.

Sometimes it was a real challenge to accomplish some of the things he asked me to do in all three of these areas. I struggled with some things I thought should be different. However, Eric was committed to “training me up” to be a better musician, band leader and man than I was before we started. I was committed to his leadership and instructions. We hung in together.

Yesterday, after four years total on the team and two years of instruction, came the first fulfillment of that call I received two years ago. It could not have happened without each of you.

Paul, John, Darryl, Jessica, Brent, Manny and Josh, thanks to each of you individually and as a group to the support you provided me yesterday in fulfilling what I believe to be obedience to God’s calling to become a worship leader.

Thank you to the whole Praise & Worship family at CCA. Whether you realize it or not, each one of you has taught me something valuable that I took to the platform yesterday. Each of you.

I am forever grateful to God for His call putting me into service this way, to Eric for his patience and diligence to mentor and mold me regardless of my age, and to the whole P&W family for always making me feel like part of the team regardless of my idiosyncrasies.

It is a privilege to be part of what we all do – being fully committed with our whole life to bring God the praise and worship He alone is due.

Serving the Master,

– Fred took over at my last church 6 months ago and is doing a great job in his new role as worship leader at Clearcreek Christian Assembly in Springboro, Ohio.

Save money and use Eric’s program with a guitar mentor!

With my program, you will have everything that you need to learn guitar.  Plus you can make it an

A guitar mentor at work

A guitar mentor at work

even better experience when you learn with someone else.  Having a friend to play with or even a mentor to help you when you get stuck is worth its weight in gold.  My materials provide you with tons of tips and information that you would likely miss if taking private lessons with an instructor and paying over $80 per month.  I know for sure because I have talked to many parents and students who just lost out on all of the important building blocks and details because of a private teacher that didn’t provide the best materials for learning.  That is why I wrote my program in the first place.  I was teaching private students every day and struggled to find books and materials that would help a student develop in a step-by-step way and build them with the knowledge that they needed in the right order and at the right time.  So you can use my program with a friend or fellow worship team member to excel quickly and be playing worship songs in a very short time.

How to get a mentor and keep learning?

1 – Find someone who is passionate about guitar and who has a heart for worship and talk to them about your goals.  Ask if they would be willing to answer questions and possibly play together a few times a month.

2 – Ask your church worship leader if you can sit in and watch practices.  Maybe take your guitar as well and sit in the sanctuary with the band’s charts and try to play along.  This is a great way to get much needed experience.

3 – Help out on Sunday morning and try to spend as much time with your mentors as possible.

4 – Keep a journal and write down the things they say and take notes along your journey as you start to put the pieces together.

I have been a mentor and I have been mentored.  I know both ends and I can tell you that it is the most important element for your future success.  As the one being mentored, you must put forth 110% effort.  Don’t be a slacker and waste your mentors time.  Practice and work very hard.  It is very rewarding to learn a new craft and grow to become like those that you look up to.  As Christian worshipers, we who are carrying the call are always open to new musicians and worship leaders.  It is part of the call to help others and help others grow to become the best at worship and the craft of music to bring glory to God.

You can learn guitar on your own with my program, but having a mentor is an important part of becoming your best and gaining experience and opportunities.

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Student interview with Allison

 Allison has done a great job in just one year.  Just want all of you to meet her.