Interesting Worship Guitar Songs

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  1. Simmy1002

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    Evening gentlemen,

    So I will be playing in a worship band this fall, but I am Catholic, and no nothing about worship music. From what I can tell, I understand it’s not the point, but most have mostly uninteresting guitar parts. Could you guys suggest some worship songs to play in a band that can still be interesting as a guitarist? Thanks
     
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    You playing for a Eucharist service, or a different kind of gathering?
     
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    It’s actually at a retreat for my nondenominational high school.
     
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    Are you choosing the songs? Acoustic or electric?
     
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    My band and I are, but they are more experienced than me. We all have input, but I want to do at least one or two songs that are not 1-4-5-6m.

    Also, thanks for all the suggestions so far!
     
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    This one is a little different.. :)

     
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    here's one with a somewhat more involved chord progression:



    but if you're wanting something on the level of, say, starship trooper, I don't know of anything. maybe you could take Pachabel's Canon and write some worship lyrics over it!
     
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    Ah, the challenge to every Church guitarist. How are your improvising skills? What are your references?

    Basically, the more you know your scales and chords and styles: the more fun you can have. This is when those 1,000 hours of practicing comes in handy. There's no way around this - get out a pen and paper and start writing out scales.

    Then listen to some Bluegrass, some PUnk, some Jazz, Some country, some Reggae, Some Metal on occasion. All those influences will then creep into your very blank Church music sheet that just has a G chord, C chord, and a D7. (acoustic or electric: it's almost all the same).

    Hmmmm...
    We Believe
    Jesus Messiah
    Revelation Song
    freedom of the Lord
     
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    In that case, find your own songs. A lot of the recommendations here would qualify meeting the general (and sometimes hotly debated) criteria of "congregational worship" songs. If this is a nondenominational teen retreat, then you've got wide latitude. Recently I'm really enjoy John Mark McMillan for interesting guitar-driven praise music (though I suspect many of his songs wouldn't pass the scriptural smell test at my church). There's tons of others as well.

    • Digital Age makes interesting music.
    • Crowder.
    • Bethel Upper Room (man, I could listen to "surrounded" all day long. And I have no idea what its about).
    • Bob Dylan
    • Switchfoot/John Foreman
    • George Harrison
    • U2 (#40 is a praise song, don't care what anyone says)
    • Force Family 5
    This is a worship song:


    So is this (and he's a Catholic, so you should check out a lot of his songs):


    You get the idea. There's a lot of great music being made in the P&W genre. There's a lot of junk food too. You bring value to the party by your decision making. Also, you can add guitars to whatever you like to play in church, no one is stopping you. There again, your input and your judgement will make or break the decision. Indelible Grace has a whole library of old hymns that have been put to more modern interpretations, as an example.

    If you are playing with a band, you should also consider what the band is capable of performing. Some of this stuff will sound downright lame if it's just a couple of acoustic guitars and a djimbe played for a crowd of 8 people. A big bombastic Hillsong number sounds equally lame when the band playing it kinda sucks. So YMMV.
     
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    What style? I play everything from ambient stuff to Black Gospel to Rock and Metal in worship settings.
    Few of my favorites Rick Pino

    Misty Edwards

    Build My Life Housefires

    Scandinavian Metal Praise

    IHOP
     
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    Play with a bunch of different folk all worship.
    Home church

    And

    Conference with a girl from Brazil guitar drums keys

    Anther conference different group

    Yet another conference
     
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    That version by Bethel got the song back in the public eye but IMO is one of the worst versions of that song I have heard. They don't do the entire song plus musically it's sloppy and disjointed. I MUCH prefer this version with Jason and Adam Crabb.

    Our team learned the song while I was out with a health issue wish we would have worked more off that version. Ours is slower and has a different feel.
     
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    This stuff from Calvary Temple might not be bad for you. It's more mainstream raw honest and normal than most Modern worship which has a very unfamiliar sound and feel for those not used to it.
     
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    I, too, went on a rabbit youtube trail when the song first came out. The Molly Skaggs version with Cageless Birds, is my favorite. I like Bethel's version because of Pope's slide guitar work.
    Anything that used slide gets a +1 from me.
     
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    Neutered and butchered from the original song I am not a big fan of the Bethel version at all. Best version IMO is the one Jason Crabb did on one of the Sela albums. Rocks HARD when it kicks in!!
     
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