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For those who love to minister, through guitar, "psalms, hymns and spiritual songs" on a team/band or with solo arrangements.

Members: 133
Latest Activity: Oct 25

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Worship Music for Children 11 Replies

Started by Walt Pilcher. Last reply by Walt Pilcher Aug 30, 2013.

What are your favorite "psalms, hymns and spiritual songs" to play 34 Replies

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Workshop for Christian Guitarists at Messiah College

Started by Randall Zwally Feb 16, 2013.

Workshop for Christian Guitarists 2012 at Messiah College 1 Reply

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Using the Baritone in Church!? Anyone?

Started by Olav Loef Sep 30, 2011.

Worship songs for beginning guitarists? 7 Replies

Started by Louis Klein. Last reply by Rev. Matt Fontana Aug 12, 2011.

I have a song I need chords for 6 Replies

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Workshop for Christian Guitarists

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Comment by Robert on August 5, 2010 at 9:24am
Andrew --
WELCOME!
I don't know if it's still in print, but one of the best sources for 'old-timey' gospel songs is the 'New Songs of Inspiration' series of hymnals. A quick Google search shows that they're published by Benson and still in print (at least in hardcover). If you visit churches other than your own or go to yard sales, keep an eye out for any old hymnals, you'll find tons of stuff.
Comment by Andrew Wheeler on August 4, 2010 at 4:18pm
I am new to the group too, looking for old-timey gospel guitar music. Doesn't have to be guitar music, just play-able on the guitar.
Comment by Rev. Matt Fontana on July 10, 2010 at 10:07pm
I had the opportunity to witness through song performing a co-original (a friend of mine wrote the lyrics; I wrote the music). It was great! One of the two bands that got up to praise and worship sang "Our God" by Chris Tomlin
Comment by Walt Pilcher on July 8, 2010 at 12:14pm
Hi all,
Just posted a fun song over on Songwriters, inspired by some experiences of Derrick Miller (founder of the Acoustic Newb group) while teaching a survey of world religions course. Slice of life! Hope you like it.
Walt
http://www.acousticguitarcommunity.com/group/songwriters/forum/topi...
Comment by Robert on June 18, 2010 at 6:23am
To Jerry:
I suspect there are a lot of us praying. I certainly am. Take heart, brother. The Lord always turns our disasters into His blessings. Myself, I'm dealing with rheumatoid arthritis, which, wouldn't you know it, is primarily affecting my left hand. So I have some idea how you feel.

To Chuck:
Amen!!! But then an awful (in both senses of the word) lot of music is just written with 3 or 4 chords. Don't know where I'd be without some minor 7ths and diminisheds.
But I think what bothers me more is that so much music is bland melodically and lyrically. You can do a lot with those 3 or 4 chords if there's some real inspiration behind the writing.

Bob M
Comment by Jerry T. Yates on June 17, 2010 at 6:31pm
Hey Chuck, Thank you so very much for your prayers, and that goes for anyone else who might have prayed for me. Again, I must apologize for being so long in responding.
Well, both my hands and wrists have been operated on, and here it is the middle of June (my left one was done March 8th), and I cannot flatpick. The nerve that goes from my wrist to the thumb, index finger, and middle finger was damaged, and seem to have a mind of their own. They are also still very weak, even with physical therapy. I thank God though, that about 7 years ago, I taught myself to fingerpick. Of course, He knew 7 years ago, what condition my fingers would be in today. I have to really concentrate, in order to get my thumb and finger ( I only use my thumb and middle finger, and I mostly use the Travis Picking style) to hit the correct strings. I am converting all the songs I used to flatpick, to fingerstyle, but I've had to just throw out several of the tunes I used to play. The time and/or rhythm won't work on every song, when I use the Travis Style. I'm trying to learn how to play with a monotonic bass, but man, my coordination is terrible. My thumb wants to do what my finger does on the melody. The sad and scary party is that this coming Sunday is my last Sunday, as pastor of the Church I was pastoring. I have been pastoring in the United Methodist Church, since 1993, and I was at the current Church for 5 years. However, I know God called me to do music ministry fulltime, several years ago, but I kept putting it off. I gave the District Superintendent notice of my decision, back in January, before I had surgery. By March 1st, it was too late to change my mind, because of the Methodist appointment setting process, according to the D.S. I'm playing in front of and for people, at a Senior Citizen function on August 5th, which will be the first time I've played outside of my studio, since December. And that is the only thing I have booked, so far, this year. So, I need your prayers, PLEASE.
Thank you again, and God bless you!
Jerry

P.S. It's obvious that I have had no formal training, and do not read music, either.
Comment by Rev. Matt Fontana on June 17, 2010 at 12:27am
Hey I just learned another well known praise song on guitar (You Never Let Go-Matt Redman) easily by using the crash course method: just play. (to explain) If you know what the chords are just by how they sound and know where to slide your rolling capo to and just play...it's amazing and God awesome that you don't choke on a pre-test like this! WOW! God IS awesome!
Comment by Kenneth Osborn on February 18, 2010 at 7:28pm
Hi.new to group, playin'singin'an praisin'.....with a little songwriting now and then and I really like and kinda' collect the old gospel songs.

Ken
Comment by chuck fugee on February 18, 2010 at 6:44pm
One thought for those on this stream. I am pretty well self taught with basic chords, no music theory or reading ability, but I'm a good strummer, barebones picking, and a growing knowledge of more advanced chording. One thing I find challenging is the approach of some younger musicians to play simplified tunings to make quick runs up and down the fretboard. It's great for modern tunes but they don't understand minors, 7ths, or any of the beauty of these other variants. They are tempted when playing from chord charts in worship, when seeing Am to play and A, when they'd be a lot better playing a C which is structurally closer. I worry that they are selling their talent for God short in not learning traditional tunings first, then branching out. The basics are basic for a reason. Ok, sorry to rant, but I want to bring an offering before the Lord that has cost me something (learning, practice, etc) much like David did when purchasing the field.
Comment by chuck fugee on February 18, 2010 at 6:38pm
To my dear brothers and sisters in Christ. Playing worship music to honor Him who saved me has helped me grow in my music. I pray for my brothers like Jerry for healing. I suffered from Carpal Tunnel such that I could only play for about 20-20 minutes before locking up and numbness. But, by the grace of God, that has almost disappeared. I have played for an hour with only minimal problem. He is every bit as capable of healing you today as He has always been. Keep believing and praising Him and we will lift you up in prayer before that wonderful throne and Him Who sits upon it! May the Lord bless you and keep you dear brother.
 

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