Modern Worship Guitar Introduction (Guitar Lesson)

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Chris Liepe

Modern Worship Guitar Introduction

Modern church/worship music pulls from all sorts of genres. You'll hear a lot of rock/pop influence, some punk riffs, and even the Nashville country sound from time to time. As guitar playing has become more prominent in the church and more instrumentalists step up to lead their congregation, the culmination of these genres has created a recognizable and specific style of guitar playing. This series deals with concepts and techniques and sounds that make up the style of modern worship guitar. Perhaps the most unique aspect of this type of playing is the way that simple parts with specific effects are layered together to form very atmospheric and layered soundscapes. We'll not only look at the playing, but we'll dissect tones and patches to provide the tools necessary to create that modern worship guitar playing sound. We also deal with typical roles that each guitarist might assume in a band setting so that all the pieces to the puzzle fit the way they need to. So, the band moves as one unit, and the music is tight and textured!

Be sure to check out these other related series titles and articles by Chris:

Chords, Capos & Simple Melodies

Expanding Your Rhythm Playing

Style of U2's The Edge

Article: The Nashville Number System

Taught by Chris Liepe in Style of Modern Worship Guitar seriesLength: 4:35Difficulty: 0.5 of 5


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IAmBatmanIAmBatman replied

Excited about this course! I think, though, that what makes worship music awesome is the words. Most of all, from my own experience, I think that it is AWESOME how God moves during times of worship.

lucian1990lucian1990 replied

<3

Rodger1Rodger1 replied

Put links to the article and lessons that you referred to in the intro in the supplemental. Thanks

machinehead1machinehead1 replied

I have been a member of jamplay for several months and this is why I started to play guitar..we neeeed more...thank you chris

Guitar TracksGuitar Tracks replied

Chris my name is Shane. I have a very strong desire to play my electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and eventually even my Keyboard all together in one worship and praise song for the Church I'm attending. Please help me learn to also use my Micro Br tracker or my Boss BR 800 all to help lay each track as simple as possible one at a time.

walkndabluzwalkndabluz replied

I knew there was a reason I was here.Thank you!!

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israel lopezisrael lopez replied

thanks love it

Fade2black16Fade2black16 replied

so glad to see this series. look forward to more lessons like this.

idriszeeidriszee replied

Finally! Thanks Chris! Be Blessed!

Manzo 99Manzo 99 replied

i think one band that rocks this genre is casting crowns definetly one of the best in ths genre

stratkattstratkatt replied

I'm ready to dig in, lead the way!

foxboyfoxboy replied

waited long for this series. Thnx!

hhandlerhhandler replied

Thanks for this series

Manzo 99Manzo 99 replied

great bout time somebody did some of this stuff.....would be great if you could some alan jackson and aaron shust stuff

stevomusic1stevomusic1 replied

stoked for this series!!

palicopalico replied

Looking forward to the rest of this series! Great job!

jaredleejaredlee replied

great lesson!!!! really enjoyed it even though i play only acoustic. Thanks for doing this series

nate_thegreatnate_thegreat replied

Jared, it's all applicable to acoustic guitar, too.

jaredleejaredlee replied

I will definently learn a lot!!!

Style of Modern Worship Guitar

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Modern church/worship music pulls from all sorts of genres. You'll hear a lot of Rock/Pop influence, some Punk riffs, and even the Nashville Country sound from time to time. As guitar playing has become more prominent in the church and more instrumentalists step up to lead their congregation, the culmination of these genres has created a recognizable and specific style of guitar playing. This series deals with concepts and techniques and sounds that make up the style of modern worship guitar. Perhaps the most unique aspect of this type of playing is the way that simple parts with specific effects are layered together to form very atmospheric and layered soundscapes. We'll not only look at the playing, but we'll dissect tones and patches to provide the tools necessary to create that modern worship guitar playing sound. We also deal with typical roles that each guitarist might assume in a band setting so that all the pieces to the puzzle fit the way the need to... So the band moves as one unit, and the music is tight and textured!



Modern Worship Guitar IntroductionLesson 1

Modern Worship Guitar Introduction

Produce the sounds that have made modern church/worship music what it is today. Learn how to craft minimalist guitar sounds, find your place in the mix of other instrumentalists, and dial in your tone...

Length: 4:35 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Role of the Acoustic, Part 1Lesson 2

Role of the Acoustic, Part 1

We all must know our place in the band. We must know how to play for the good of the whole. By being a "backbone player," you'll create an unstoppable tightness that will allow each instrument to perfectly...

Length: 12:46 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Role of the Acoustic, Part 2Lesson 3

Role of the Acoustic, Part 2

Here, we take a look at the rest of the "CAGED" keys and discuss more ways to fluidly move between basic chords in a progression while maintaining that 'backbone' acoustic rhythm style.

Length: 15:46 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
CAGED & CaposLesson 4

CAGED & Capos

Learn to think of each of the standard "CAGED" keys as positions rather than groups of chords tied to a specific key. Tie these positions to the number system, and you're golden!

Length: 15:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Mini Chords & Leads, Block 1Lesson 5

Mini Chords & Leads, Block 1

Simple leads and tasty rhythm playing are often built from two string repeating phrases that loosely follow the chord progression of a worship song. We'll look at 3 blocks in total. Start with block 1...

Length: 6:38 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mini Chords & Leads, Block 2Lesson 6

Mini Chords & Leads, Block 2

Move up the neck and tap into more range and an even more familiar sound. Combine blocks 1 and 2 for variety. Keep the rhythms slow and simple, add some effects, and you're off!

Length: 9:02 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mini Chords & Leads, Block 3Lesson 7

Mini Chords & Leads, Block 3

We move to an even higher register in this lesson. There are nearly infinite possibilities when you expand on the concepts of forming little block positions around common chord progressions. Let your creativity...

Length: 8:25 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Effects PrimerLesson 8

Effects Primer

Learn how to dial in reverb and delay effects for that signature dreamy, minimalistic sound. Get actual knob settings and perspective on when and how to use certain effects.

Length: 12:18 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Let Delay Do the WorkLesson 9

Let Delay Do the Work

Dissect the playing and effects in this simple, arpeggio line with a 1/8D delay. Practice this Hillsong United-inspired part with the other guitars, or by itself with the included backing track.

Length: 8:08 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Texture in the BackgroundLesson 10

Texture in the Background

Turn up the FX a little more, warm up that picking hand and get ready to add some serious texture to the mix! Don't go too crazy though! You still want to be listening to what the rest of your band is...

Length: 8:07 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Texture in the ForegroundLesson 11

Texture in the Foreground

If there was a guitar solo in this mix, this would be it, I suppose. This is the most 'out front' part and has the greatest sense of melody. Played with the other two parts, it completes this sound environment...

Length: 7:27 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Give Your Rhythm Guitar SpaceLesson 12

Give Your Rhythm Guitar Space

With three guitars all playing rhythm parts, you have to know that what you are playing compliments what the other guys are doing. This first part looks at intentional, simple rhythm playing that fills...

Length: 6:13 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Melody & Counter RhythmLesson 13

Melody & Counter Rhythm

There's an element of lead guitar playing in this part, but in many ways, it is the counter rhythm to the part learned in the last lesson. Listen to how the two electric parts push and pull at each other,...

Length: 5:52 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Space, Pocket & Three GuitarsLesson 14

Space, Pocket & Three Guitars

...And then there's the acoustic. As with the two electric guitar parts, pay careful attention to how the intentional strum pattern fills its own unique corner in the overall mix. Take this example and...

Length: 4:19 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Close the Wah & Play the RiffLesson 15

Close the Wah & Play the Riff

When it is layered among the other guitar tracks, this line almost sounds like any other standard rhythm part, but it's not! It is a moving riff that, though dry, uses a static wah sound to lay back in...

Length: 5:19 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Overdrive & Simple IdeasLesson 16

Overdrive & Simple Ideas

It's the refrain of this series: simple, catchy and well placed lines that work in harmony with each other make this world go 'round. In this lesson, we literally provide harmony to the line from the previous...

Length: 5:45 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Be the RhythmLesson 17

Be the Rhythm

The acoustic guitar propels the groove forward in this example. Practice being precise with your strum patterns and be very conscious of how you are strumming in relation to the other instruments.

Length: 3:06 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Electric Rhythm FoundationLesson 18

Electric Rhythm Foundation

With a progressive sounding track like this, you need that chunky rhythm foundation. Strategically adding quirks and taste to this part, while listening to the other parts is going to make everything...

Length: 7:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Dotted Delay and Rhythm GuitarLesson 19

Dotted Delay and Rhythm Guitar

Crank up the delay and get in the groove. Let the revolving rhythm of the delay carry you as you sneak in tasty morsels between the repeats. Have fun!

Length: 7:37 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
And Finally... A Guitar SoloLesson 20

And Finally... A Guitar Solo

Yes! Now we get to learn a full guitar solo in the style of one of the greatest guitar players to contribute to modern worship guitar. Learn a concrete example of developing a theme, inserting licks,...

Length: 10:58 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Chris Liepe

About Chris Liepe View Full Biography Chris Liepe was born on September 17th, 1981 in Portland OR. His first instrument was piano which he pursued until discovering his love for the electric guitar in high school. He became fans of such groups as Soundgarden, Collective Soul and U2 inspiring him to start singing, songwriting and helping others in their musical endeavors with teaching, co-writing and album production.

Having moved to Colorado with his family, he began gigging, recording and teaching in a number of music stores as well as out of his apartment until deciding to pursue music full time. He moved to Denver, CO to complete a Bachelors in Music Technology and was then hired on by Sweetwater Productions, a division of Sweetwater Sound and one of the largest, most successful recording studios in the Midwest.

Chris spent nearly 4 years at Sweetwater as a producer, recording engineer, studio musician and writer. During this time he had the privilege of working with many artists including Augustana, Landon Pigg, Jars of Clay, and Mercy Me. He also wrote for and played on numerous independent albums and hundreds of radio/TV commercials.

Wanting to get back to his favorite State in the world (Colorado) and feeling the urge to 'go freelance', Chris moved to Greeley, CO and opened his own recording and teaching studio. He continues to write and produce music for artists and agencies and is happy to be among the proud JamPlay.com instructors.

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