This is a little late in the Christmas season for most of you, but I thought I’d post some videos with tips on how to play a few Christmas carols on acoustic guitar. I hope some of this is helpful, although it’s pretty basic and you can’t really see the guitar very well in one of them!
Angels We Have Heard on High:
Joy to the World:
O Come All Ye Faithful:
When you lead worship from the acoustic guitar, it can oftentimes be helpful for your congregation if you accent the melody in addition to playing the rhythm. If you’re with a large band, this isn’t such a big deal. But if you’re by yourself or with a small team, and leading a song the congregation isn’t totally familiar with, it can help people sing with confidence if they can hear where the melody is. Here’s an example:
Here are a couple more short videos showing some different things you can do in the key of G on the acoustic guitar.
Part 3: Provide rhythm and some melodic lines at the same time. It’s like you’re playing two instruments at the same time! (Sort of.)
Part 4: Use a capo to play in other keys, but keeping the shapes from the key of G.
I hope these have been helpful. If you have other tips to share, please do!
Yesterday I showed a few ways you can make the basic “G” chord a bit less basic. This next video shows some ways to make “C” and “D” a bit more exciting, especially by using the C chord shape to play a D.
Here are some more pointers about how to play comfortably in the key of E. This video covers how to play F#m and G#m using a modified E chord-shape.