Contemporary Worship Guitar

Learn How To Play Contemporary Worship Music On The Guitar!

In this series of lessons we are going to be taking a look as some of the common elements of contemporary worship music. To get you started we will take a look at some of the more common chord shapes and chord progressions that you will see over and over again in this style of music.

One of the biggest influences on contemporary worship music is the band U2. A lot of the feel and sound of worship music has been taken from the U2 sound. Popular praise music from Hillsong and Lincoln Brewster has a nice spacious sound that really defines this genre of music.

One thing that I really want to mention about playing this style of music is that it is important to play tastefully. Playing in a really busy or flashy style can really take away from the song or be really distracting. I have played a lot of different church gigs and the one thing that keeps getting me called back is playing what is appropriate for the style and not trying to be out in front all of the time.

Work through these lessons if you currently playing or want to play in your local church band. Have fun!

This Lesson Has 8 Comments

  • Prody says:

    I want to learn more about playing worship music, but don’t see but this video and one other one titled worship chord progressions. When you say series….am I missing some other lessons on worship music? How to get a good sound, effects, etc.

  • Ustaknow says:

    Hmmm… what did happen with this series?

  • David Lara says:

    Hey Nate! Are you christian?

    • Luigi says:

      We just returned from vaicoatn in Hawaii and we bought a Ukulele for our souvenir. Little did I know that my husband and I would start fighting over who gets to practice the four chords next. I have always played around on the piano. Both daily for two weeks, we have shared the Ukulele and done our chord practice.We would like to learn Simple Songs to start with. Like Twinkle Twinkle (haha) put with print outs like regular music with the song written out and the chord above the change areas. I am not sure I am making sense. But, we would like to print and practice inbetween your lessons.Keep it up and we hope if we both get high way decent to order an extra ukulele.

  • Christine says:

    Hello Nate, where is the series? This looks very helpful, but where are the videos? :) Thanks so much!

  • davieshall1 says:

    A lot of the feel and sound of worship music has been taken from the U2 sound, well, this is really a nice post.I really like the way you start and conclude your thoughts.
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  • yvette mudrak says:

    I really like your style of teaching, but I didn’t see the lessons for the worship series. Would like to see them, Thanks, Yvette

  • Sim says:

    Hi Nate, Our worship band is more about contemporary worship. I like your teachings.we are working on our first album in french, could U send me some videos barre chords progressions exercises on F,E,G and more. Love.from Lubumbashi, DRC.


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