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Striking the Right Chord

There’s a running joke that I often hear (mostly from friends) which goes something along the lines of, “to be a worship leader, you only need to know 4 chords on the guitar”. If I’m honest, like many jokes it’s funny because it’s true! You don’t necessarily need to be a classically trained musician with grade-8 music theory and perfect pitch in order to lead worship (if you did, I certainly wouldn’t make the cut).

However as a guitarist, I actually love finding out new chords.

Whenever I’m around musicians, I’ll be watching how they play and trying to spot any interesting chords that they use. I’ll often take a note and then try them out at home. It’s also fun when you’re playing your instrument and hit a wrong note, but accidentally stumble across a new chord that sounds pretty good!

Since I first started playing guitar, one of my favourite things to do has been to go through songbooks and to pick out new worship songs that I want to learn. I’ll often start by learning the chords, then the lyrics and then simply spend time worshipping God with those songs. Some of the most helpful songbooks feature guitar chord diagrams (small pictures that teach you exactly how to position your fingers on a guitar fretboard in order to play a chord).

I’ve recently been working on a resource for anyone that’s interested in guitar. Guitar Chords is a document featuring a selection of chords that I use most regularly within worship. The first page shows you exactly how to read chord diagrams so anyone can learn. The following pages feature basic guitar chords, advanced guitar chords and there’s also a capo conversion chart so you can learn how to use a capo in order to transpose into any key.

It is by no means a comprehensive list – there are hundreds of chords that you can find online. But I hope it inspires you to pick up your guitar if you already play, or perhaps it will help to give you a foundation for learning guitar or new songs of worship for the first time.
If you would like to chat more about music and worship or if you’re interested in exploring the various ways you can serve and get involved in the worship at ChristChurch London, please email  or feel free to come and chat to me or to any of the musicians that you see at church on Sunday.

Lastly, do check out our Soundcloud page where you can listen to 3 home-grown worship songs that we’ve recently introduced at church. Or check out our Spotify page where you can hear a wider selection songs that we use on Sundays.

Image: Guitar playing hands by Ginny, used under CC-BY-SA 2.0


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