Our Praise & Worship Dilemma
As we prepared our praise and worship songs some years ago, I was confronted with a recurring problem. Before each rehearsal we had to begin with a decision for each song: Do we go with chords appropriate for guitar or with the more complete chords for the keyboard? If the leader was to be a guitarist, well, you probably know which way we went. If the praise and worship leader that week would be leading from keyboard, that leader would insist (gently, of course) on playing the song as written—five chords to a measure, if so indicated.
So, invariably, that week’s guitarist would stare in frustration at the praise & worship music, deciding all he was capable of were some lead licks, maybe some opening chords at a line’s beginning, or even a pedal tone lining up with the bass. And, of course, everyone was very nice about it… but not completely happy. Basically the rule became: He who leads decides.
After a few months of this, during the praise & worship, one guitarist, who didn’t have a great many lead ideas, and who was also pretty frustrated with playing pseudo-bass lines and pedal tones to complex chords in the praise music, moved out onto the harmonic scene and played his guitar chording while the keyboardist played his chord-for-every-note part. So…
The only thing anyone really noticed was more rhythm sounding from the rhythm section. No one seemed to notice that for a second here or there the guitar might be playing a “G” while the keyboard was sounding a “D.”
What’s our moral here (or do we have one)?
Let me simply explain. We began to look at the guitar more as a rhythmic instrument, rather than as a harmonic instrument. (You can also look at it as a melodic instrument, but that’ll be another story.) The guitar can now use chords to (more or less) express the harmonic movement of a song, but they don’t have to be perfectly exact.
You’ll see it at a glance…
The Lyrics & Chords for Guitar pages are simplified arrangements of the praise or worship song as it appears on the Lead Sheets pages. We’ve scored them with special attention to guitarists in open keys, and with capo indications for each key change you would like to use. Use the original key from the Lead Sheets and keep the same harmonic flow without having to play every chord of the keyboard version.
WorshipToonz Worship Packages
What you'll receive in each Worship Package...
1) Three-part harmony for your worship team, bass note indications for the bass guitarist, and chords for the keyboardist in the Lead Sheets;
2) a range of key choices for guitarists in the Lyrics & Chords for Guitar sheets, with or without using a capo;
3) Lyrics Sheets that you can easily copy into your own projection format; and...
4) the song as originally recorded by the composers themselves.
Preview a demo Lead Sheet and Lyrics & Chords sheet.
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