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Gospel Guitar

The word gospel is derived from Old English god-spell, meaning "good news." With history that can be dated back to the 18th century, gospel music's creation, performance and significance varies by culture and social context.

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In this series you will be taking an in-depth look into gospel music and the basics behind performing it. Steve will teach a variety of topics, including hymns, gospel and praise songs, playing solo and with others. This series assumes an intermediate level of knowledge.

Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 1

Introduction to Gospel

Steve Eulberg starts his new gospel series with a lesson that details what he plans to teach in the lessons to follow, a hymn called "What a Fellowship," and finally, what playing for worship means.

Length: 34:18 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 2

Playing with Others

Steve Eulberg talks about transposing to be compatible with other instruments and playing in the best key for singers.

Length: 15:11 Difficulty: 2.0 Free Sample Lesson
Lesson 3

Endings and Intros

Steve Eulberg emphasizes the importance of having a good, clear beginning and ending to your songs when playing for a congregation.

Length: 8:26 Difficulty: 1.0 Member Only
Lesson 4

Playing for a Congregation

Steve Eulberg discusses using the bluegrass style to relax the song and give the congregation time to sing comfortably. You will be looking at "Cwm Rhondda" as an example.

Length: 9:33 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 5

Tagging the Last Line

Steve Eulberg continues his discussion on giving the congregation a comfortable amount of time to sing. This lesson focuses on tagging the last line, giving everyone a chance to breathe and start again at the beginning. You will be taking a look at a hymn called "The Ash Grove" as an example.

Length: 6:44 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 6

Let's Talk About Hymns

Steve Eulberg takes some time to talk about hymns. He discusses the importance of having a good message in your songs, as they tend to be "sticky" and a great way of getting your message across. He gives a couple examples where you can even place your hymns in a different musical setting to...

Length: 8:32 Difficulty: 1.0 Member Only
Lesson 7

Reinterpreting the Meter

Steve Eulberg takes a look at what happens when you reinterpret the meter of a song. He uses the hymn "Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise" as an example.

Length: 7:23 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 8

Complex Hymns

Steve Eulberg takes a look at whether it's possible to play along with a hymn that is very complex harmonically. He uses the beautiful tune "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded" as an example.

Length: 8:17 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 9

I Love to Tell the Story

Steve Eulberg takes a look at the hymn, "I Love to Tell the Story" in his newest gospel lesson.

Length: 12:17 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 10

Changing the Rhythm

Steve Eulberg takes the hymn you learned in the last lesson, "I Love to Tell the Story," and modernizes it by changing the rhythm.

Length: 6:02 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 11

Martyrdom

Steve Eulberg takes a look at an old, beautiful American hymn tune called "Martyrdom."

Length: 9:40 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 12

Life Is Like a Mountain Railway

Steve Eulberg looks at a fun, bluegrass arrangement of "Life Is Like a Mountain Railway."

Length: 5:50 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 13

Amazing Grace

Join Steve as he teaches a beautiful fingerstyle arrangement of Amazing Grace.

Length: 7:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 14

Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?

Join Steve and take a look at the beautiful melody found in this familiar song.

Length: 12:39 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 15

The Old Rugged Cross

Steve creates yet another beautiful fingertsyle arrangement for this classic hymn.

Length: 13:43 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 16

Role of the Rhythm Player in Worship Music

Join Steve as he discusses and models what it means to be the acoustic rhythm player in a worship band. He offers two of his own original worship songs as a great examples.

Length: 18:56 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 17

How Do I Know What Strum To Use?

It may seem like a simple thing, but when it comes down to it, how do we know what the best strum is for a song? Join Steve as he tackles this challenge with a couple different songs.

Length: 14:43 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 18

Playing From Chord Charts

Sometimes chord charts are right on, but more often than not, those chords are misaligned with the words and the rhythm is left a mystery. Join Steve as he gives some practical advice on how to navigate those tricky chord charts.

Length: 15:55 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
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