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Electric Guitar BLOG


Electric Guitar BLOG

If you’re serious about using an electric guitar in worship and want to learn some specific lead patterns to popular songs, then you owe it to yourself to check out this BLOG:

http://guitarpraise.blogspot.com/

They also do a nice job of describing various rhythms for the acoustic guitar.

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A Review of the Guitar Edition of the ”Christian Worship Supplement” from NPH


the Christian Worship Supplement

My church has recently ordered a copy the Guitarist’s edition of the CW Supplement for my use in worship.  Physically, it is a collection of 3-hole punched pages containing the lead sheets and chords of almost all of the new hymns and songs added to the new hymnal supplement.

Upon closer inspection, my smile grew bigger and bigger.  I am a picky guitarist.  I’m an old codger who’s been playing for almost 40 years now, and I know when chords have been simplified or when the guitar music has been written by a pianist.  This guitarist’s edition is first rate and extremely well done.  The chords are complex, but clearly illustrated, and the songs have been transposed into more guitar friendly keys where appropriate.  The editors and writers even knew enough to not transpose to a key above the third fret, which would force us guitarists to retune our guitars due to the intonation errors associated with such a high capo position.

All of the chords are clearly defined in a graphical format under each song.  In fact, the editors have included the original chord shapes and the new chord shapes in the songs that have been transposed.  This allows for both a beginner and an advanced guitarist to decide whether to play the song in the original key or at the transposed position.  A very nice feature indeed!

Another wonderful feature of this music is the fact that the chords have not been simplified.  There are some great slash chords such as C/E, D/F#, Bb/D, E7/G#, etc., suspended chords, major sevenths, and a liberal use of more intricate contemporary chord shapes (2s, 5s, +9s, etc.).  All of these chords are clearly identified in pictorial formats.

Another great feature is the fact that they have typically put all the lyrics under the melody line and the chord shapes.  There are very few instances where additional verses are written below the musical score and without chords.  This only occurs on the few songs that have many verses.

Lastly, I looked at a few of the hymns that were not put to guitar music and I can see why.  They are the types of hymns that would require a different chord for every note in the melody line.

Bottom line, if you are WELS, and a guitarist, you need this resource.  Kudos and a job well done goes to everyone on the hymnal supplement committee, the Commission on Worship, and the folks at NPH on this product, and not only for doing such a fine job, but for having the foresight to even include guitar music to the hymns.  I can’t wait to play some of these songs in worship.  This is a night and day improvement over the chords, or lack of chords (grrrr!), printed in the “Let All the People Praise You” songbooks.

Ministry Tool – Where to Find Free, Legal, Sheet Music


Ministry Tool – Where to Find Free, Legal, Sheet Music

Featured Website:

http://worshiptogether.com/

You need to check out this website, if you haven’t already found it on your own.  It’s an incredible resource.  They post free sheet music, anywhere from 3 to 10 songs per month at their site.  It’s usually contemporary music but I’ve seen them post new arrangements of hymns as well.  The site requires two things from you.  First, you have to register.  It’s free and they don’t bother you with email.  Second, you need to download a free program called “Scorch” which is produced by a company called Sibelus.  This is the program that you will need to view the free sheet music and to print it.  The program even allows you to transpose the music into different keys to suit your singing and playing abilities.

The instructions to download this program are shown at “worshiptogether” but you can also do it here:

http://www.sibelius.com/cgi-bin/download/get.pl?prod=scorch&com=sh

Another great feature of this site is their little applet called the “new song jukebox.”  If you click on this, a player will load that enables you to listen to the free songs that you’ve just obtained as performed by the original artists.

If this isn’t enough, they offer one additional freebie.  It’s called the “New Song Cafe”.  Launch this and you will see the original recording artist explain one of the featured songs and they’ll even show you how to play it in the form of a video.

This is a priceless resource for all Pastors, Worship Leaders and Muisicans.  Check it out now or pass the site along to the guitarists and keyboard players in your church.

Finally – It’s always a good idea to report usage through your CCLI licenses!