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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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2 Free Christmas Song Sheets

Christmas is approaching fast….

easy christmas songs for guitar are here!

It is easy to play your favorite Christmas songs!

If you have been using my method then you know that you can play any of your favorite Christmas hymns and songs with EASY chords.  No more switching every beat and playing those impossible chords……

Download 2 Free Christmas songs now!

1. Joy to the World

2. Silent Night

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Silent Night Strum Along Video


Joy to the World Strum Along Video

These charts are from the NEW 8chords100songs Worship Songbook!

Click Here to order now!

Ryan Stover Student Interview

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


Welcome to the 8chords Worship Guitar Blog

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.

Don’t have the Modern Worship Guitar Lessons Program from 8 Chords 100 Songs?  See specials and shop online now!

Be still and 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.

Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

“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

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.


What level is your course?

This course will teach you to play any worship song with simple chords.  If you already know how to play guitar.. (you can play all of the open chords, strum them and play songs) then you may consider book 3 for the in depth theory, but Book 1 and 2 may not be a good starting point.  Book 1 covers the first 4 chords and you can play a ton of songs with those chords.  You learn strumming as well in a way that will help you strum any pattern.  Book 2 covers more chords and patterns to strum as well as fingerpicking and technique.  Book 3 covers essential theory and more techniques including capo, scales, improv and more. If you have any questions,  ask them before you purchase!  Send your email to eric@8chords100songs.com

The books and CDs walk you through all you need to learn with play along tracks for everything.  The videos are the living examples so that you can see me do in and explain it in person.  The entire course has hundreds of pages and audio tracks and hours of video!

Songbooks to help you play your favorite songs

Purchase great songbooks with many songs to play for worship at the 8 Chords online store. I have chosen several great songbooks from major pulishers that you can use to play all of the top songs you love for worship. 

Also for thousands of good worship and top Christian chords sheets, check out Rockin’ The Cross at http://www.1christian.net

This site has a monthly fee but offers the largest library of Christian music chord sheets. I have been a member for 4 years and use their sheets for worship all the time. You can also transpose all of the sheets to any key to make any songs playable for you at your level. (8 Chords 100 Songs is not affiliated with Rockin’ The Cross) 


Songbooks that will help you along the way:

I use mainly Hal Leonard songbooks. They are one of the largest publishers and theirs books can be found and ordered at about every bookstore including Borders and Barns.  I am making these suggestions to my students.  These songbooks may contain more than 8 chords, but my students will be able to play songs from each of these books with no problem.  Be sure to note the difficulty notes.  Most of the once that get the “Hard” rating contain a good amount of songs in hard to play keys like Eb and F.  These songs can be transposed (which I teach in detail in book 3) but will take a bit more work and understanding of the guitar. We will begin to cary these on our site soon. Until then, try Amazon.com or a local bookstore. 


Suggested Songbooks:

Best Praise and Worship Songs Ever – About 25.00


Medium to hard song charts but contains some of the top songs 


Gospel’s Greatest – about $30.00


Fake book with medium to hard charts 


The Hymn fake Book – About 35.00


Easy to hard difficulty

Huge book of hymns with easy to hard arrangements.  Definitely think it’s a good book for my students.  Some songs are going to need to be simplified and transposed, but I teach you how to do all of that. 


Other Styles:

The Greatest Guitar Songbook


About $20.00

Very versatile from easy to hard charts with 6 different types of transcription from the Hal Leonard style.  Includes songs from different styles but mostly popular music. (Secular)


50 Songs with just 3 Chords – About $15.00

ISBN 0-943748-47-x

Easy to medium difficulty

Folk type songs.  But don’t be confused, there are way more than 3 chords in the book.  Its just that no song contains more than 3 chords.  Plays in several different keys. 



Learning Other Musical Instruments:

101 Singing Tips – about $15.00


Great for beginning singers that want to take the next step.  Includes info and exercises about singing

I already know chords… is this program for me?

I have been playing the guitar for 3 years solid, I know over a 100 chords and some scales,can move to them freely, and can play many songs. I have taken some lessons from friends who play. I practice alot at night after I help put the kids in bed.  This on-line school fits my busy life. Your probably thinking well what are you doing needing help.  I am very,very frustrated because I can not pick up a simple worship song and look at the chord sheet and play it. I have to have someone show me how to play a song.  Once someone shows me a strumming pattern and helps me I can play it.  My biggest problem is figuring out  a strumming pattern and timing, I don’t anticipate the chord changes good.  So my question is can your program help and where do I need to start at, since I’m not a beginner put my problems are related to timing and rhythm. 

So you know chords, that may put you in book 3, but since you are really struggling with rhythm and playing songs, start in book 1 and just work on learning how to count for yourself and then learn to hear a song and anticipate the changes.  Book 1 will start you off there and probably the songbook as well so you can learn some of the popular songs.
My books will show you some new chord shapes and tricks as well for worship.  Not sure you need the videos but, the cheapest way to do my program is the online school.   You can get a discount on the ebook downloads and have access to the full video sessions.  You may only need a few months.  But, by book three you are into very important foundational music theory on the 1st year college level.  Starts very easy, ends more difficult but focuses a ton on strumming patterns and counting and playing songs.   You can play along with me on all of them with the cds and the dvds.

Hope this helps. Eric Roberts