Worship Electric Guitar: Single Note Swells

Hey guys!

In this lesson we’re looking at single note swells and a cool phrasing technique to add some melodic variety and interest to your playing.

It’s a simple technique that will add another dimension to your playing so be sure to add this to your arsenal.

If you want to learn those heavenly ambient voicings click here to see last week’s lesson.

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One of my favorite things to do is to play powerful and “declarative” melodic phrases in worship.

When done correctly and at the right time, it can elevate the whole worship experience, which is why I show this essential technique to all my students.

Most of the time the intention behind the notes is way more important than the notes itself.

Don’t get me wrong, the note choices are important, but the big payoff is in “HOW” you play the notes.

So in Worship there’s two things you need to pay attention to:

  • Firstly you need to learn how to use proper phrasing techniques so you can get that lyrical quality in your lead playing.
  • Secondly, when you play, make sure you’re playing those lines with confidence and conviction. 

Imagine you’re singing powerful declarative words over the congregation but instead of singing them with your voice, you’re singing them on the guitar.

Using both phrasing techniques and powerful intention like that is a winning combination.

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About the Author

Hi, my name is Charl Coetzee and playing guitar was never second nature for me. I’ve had to work hard to get to where I’m at today and I’ve learned some incredible things along the way that I’d love to share with you. I’ve never had a proper job and I’ve been playing guitar for a living since I’ve left school. I have a Bmus Hons Degree in music, and I’ve interviewed and learned from the world’s greatest guitar players like Joe Satriani, Buddy Whittington, Joe Bonamassa and loads more.

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