Guitarists …

Guitarists …

When you approach a piece of sheet music; those chords are your world for the next 3 to 4 minutes and the hours that you will spend practicing the piece.  But the interesting thing is that the musical arrangement does not tell you how to strum the chords.  Will you strum, or fingerpick?  Will you use open chords or barred chords?  Will you add a percussive feel to your rhythm or employ some palm muting?  Will you play loudly or softly?  Will you pick some individual notes out of the chords or maybe add some arpeggios?  Will you use an acoustic or an electric?  Will you play the entire time or use a little “selah” then jump back in with some emphasis?  Will you strum as if following all quarter notes or use an up/down eighth note pattern?  Will you do any lead fills or bass runs?

As you can see, there is a lot of interpretation on your part and you need to realize that you are in fact an artist.  Your job is to make this song your own.  Your job is to personalize that rhythm and to help lead your congregation in singing that piece.  Your job is to glorify your creator in that moment of worship.  Your job is to add groove and color to that music.  Your job is to point your congregation to Christ.  You do have a calling, a reason, a purpose, and a gift.  You matter.  You make a difference.

With time you will develop your own unique style.  It happens to every guitarist.  Your heart and your skills will flourish and blossom over time.  Just when you thought that you were at the top of your craft, God will come along and amaze you with more awesome insights.  You will grow; always learning new things about your craft.  It is a marvelous world that you have entered into.  You have found your spiritual gifts.  Use them to God’s glory.  He will bless your pathway.  And remember that playing the strings makes Him happy! (Ps45:8)

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