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If you are leading worship with guitar, be sure to have a capo and learn how to use it! When I was younger and learning how to play guitar, I never used a capo. I always used the moveable shapes of chords like Eb and C#m. Once I began performing and leading worship I found that the capo enabled me to be more free and put my brain power toward the things that really matter. When I transpose the song to a simple key like G or D and use the capo, several great things happen:
I could play every worship song in the key of Eb and use barre chords for the whole worship set, BUT it is not necessary and it is much harder to do. You see, even though I CAN play the barre chords I choose to transpose to an easier key and play the open chord forms.
Plus, when you get comfortable with the simple chords in G and D that I teach in my 8chords program, you can play any song in any key and it sounds modern and amazing. Just a few minutes of preparation on the chord chart can save you brain power and help you succeed. It is my opinion that all beginner and intermediate worship leader guitar players should always use the simple chord forms and a capo!
If you are paying attention, you will see that Tomlin, Baloche and every professional worship leader and artist that I have ever seen has used a capo instead of playing the harder moveable chord forms. Even superstar acts like Taylor Swift will always use a capo and the simple G C and D forms that I teach in the 8chords program.
So, start using the simple chord forms and put your capo on! If you need further instruction on the capo, you can learn it all in the 3rd method book of the 8chords program along with simple charts to help you transpose all the harder songs to the easy keys.
Need to go further, check out my complete program for worship guitar. I help you overcome all of these early problems and start playing and singing your favorite songs.
I have provided some videos to help you fully understand what my complete program is all about. Have fun watching!
I have just released my new ebook that teaches you how to transpose and play any song easily. Watch the video to learn more and visit my new music theory series site. This new book shows you how to transpose and play any song easily on guitar and piano!
I didn’t expect for a song to impact me at such a deep level. Only a few songs have done that in my life and it seems they are always near a transition period of my life. For example, The Voice of Truth was a song that kept me grounded during a tough ministry transition as a young worship leader. The God I Know was completed only weeks before I was laid off from my job last October. Even if you see something coming, it can still hit you like a brick. I spent the next week taking care of business and wrapping things up for my church. Even when people surrounded me, I would randomly begin singing the words to this new song “The God I Know knows all about me, the God I know sees what I need.” The melody and words would just come out of me and I would begin humming them or singing them in an instant. And the truth of God began to sink in deeper. In fact, during my latest transition, I am learning how to truly trust my Savior God all over again. At age 32, that is refreshing. Life seems to barrel over you sometimes and the simple things get tossed around and lost in the shuffle. Faith and sincere trust in God alone is easy to write or sing about but it is a different thing to really live with them at your core. I am learning to live with them at my core again and this song is helping to remind me every day about the God that I met at age 17 on a hill in my backyard. There is a lot going on in my life right now that I could not have orchestrated including my learning to really trust God as I start my new career as a piano technician and songwriter. I was blessed with a mentorship with the President and Vice-President of the Master Piano Technicians and now I am graduating from the Randy Potter School of Piano Technology to become a certified MPT in July 2010. Along with learning a tremendous skill for great income, I am able to work for myself full time again and Emily and I have been writing more songs. We have begun to follow our dreams as songwriters again. There is less mess and confusion in my life when I focus on a simple trust in God. The God I know has always been there but I needed to sing it and let it soak in to my heart. He is infinite and yet he is my intimate friend. He ultimately rescues me from sin and keeps my soul at rest when I focus on Him. I thank God for His life in me and for the ability to craft songs with Emily that reach back down into my own heart and make such great changes. Please share your story with others and us by posting on our blog or sending an email from my website. I want you to share with others about the God YOU know.
Today during worship, I let go for just a moment and stopped looking at the worship band, the stage, the lights and at every single part of a worship service. I stepped back with my mind and looked at the whole picture. I saw something very nice. I began to see just 1 big picture… a scene of people and efforts all praising God. And I let myself go with it for a few minutes and began to see that God sees the big picture too. He hears the bigger part of the song. Sure He is in the details and He sees each heart, but he also stands back and hears the sound of the saints gathering and singing praises to Him and about his son Jesus. He is well pleased. It is no small miracle that all of these “not so perfect” people gathered at this place and time and have laid themselves aside to sing a praise song to God. It is a huge blessing to our Father. So many people seem to just stand and watch, but inside our hearts, the songs and words flow in an out and up to God. I read in the bible that we are to be still and know the He is God. Not to be so wrapped up with all the hype of church and worship services and just to listen and worship God with simple quiet hearts. That is what He is really looking for, and today I believe that He found it. Many worshipers got it right in churches all over the world! Not all, but many worshipers connected and God is pleased. Next time you are all caught up in preparing and working for the worship service or practicing and getting every chord right as you play, remember to also be still and know that God is really just interested in connecting with you. So take the time to connect with Him. Take a step back and connect. Let it all soak in that you are moving and living under the hand of the Great God.
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Listen to the song and read the lyrics from Steven Curtis Chapman…
Be still and know that He is God Be still and know that He is holy
Be still, O restless soul of mine Bow before the Prince of peace
Let the noise and clamor cease
Be still and know that He is God Be still and know that He is faithful
Consider all that He has done Stand in awe and be amazed
And know that He will never change Be still
Be still, and know that He is God
Be still; Be speechless
Be still and know that He is God Be still and know He is our Father
Come rest your head upon His breast Listen to the rhythm of His unfailing heart of love Beating for His little ones
Calling each of us to come Be still, Be still