I’ve been realizing lately that I tend to gravitate towards the same strumming patterns that I’ve always used. I think most acoustic guitarists can relate. This video gives some very simple alternatives to the basic strumming pattern we all learn in the time signature of 4/4.
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:
Back in February I posted a tutorial video showing how you can strum and pick on the same song, and in the same measure, without throwing people off, and provide some freshness to your playing.
The problem was that you couldn’t see my hands at all. Oops. So a couple of people pointed that out and asked me to reshoot it, so I have. Since I don’t play my guitar right under my neck, it’s still a bit hard to see, but hopefully this is a bit more helpful.
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.