Originally Posted by vedt
Appreciate the feedback. I emailed our WP a few days ago and asked if I could sit in on rehearsals. Haven't heard back.
One part that I did leave out from the OP was that I've approached two of the guitarists to ask them how they joined the team. The first question from both of them was: who are you playing with now and can I hear a recording of you? I understand where they're coming from - one is a youth pastor but has a solo acoustic career on the side, and the other toured with Rebecca St. James. So I'm definitely getting the "who's this no-name guy?" treatment. It's frustrating because our church has to pay most of the guitarists that play on Sundays...at a time when we're having budget problems and reducing staff. So why wouldn't they want to look at having members who are equally talented, but also committed to the church, play guitar for worship? In any case, the questions have prompted me to do two things:
1. Look outside my church for opportunities to play guitar during worship. My cousin is WP of a smaller church nearby, and he is always asking me to come play there.
2. Think about recording an EP of my solo acoustic stuff (which I was planning to do anyway).
Apparently in my church you need to be a big deal in order to even get an audition...
So you have someone ASKING you to come play and minister and instead you're butting your head up against a "too cool for you" wall at some big church with 10 players who think they're hot stuff? Get out, go play for your cousin and don't look back.
You've got a wide open door. Run through it!