Learn Acoustic Guitar for Worship
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Learn Acoustic Guitar for Worship

A beginner's guide to playing worship music fast.
4.8 (19 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
94 students enrolled
Created by Bret Mavrich
Last updated 1/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Play song progressions in the three most important keys for worship songs.
  • Play guitar while singing at the same time.
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Requirements
  • You must own an acoustic guitar. No prior experience necessary.
Description

If you've always wanted to learn to play acoustic guitar for worship music, this is the course for you. The worship movement is EXPLODING in the earth, and there has never been a better time to learn to play (and sing)! 

This course is designed for people who know absolutely nothing about guitar, and have little or no music experience. I'll show you the easiest way to play essential chords so that you can play your favorite worship songs. This course won't overwhelm you with music theory, but will give you enough understanding that you have a strong sense of chords and progressions. 

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginner guitar players who are interested in playing worship music.
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Curriculum For This Course
26 Lectures
02:00:12
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Getting Started
6 Lectures 27:07

Thanks for taking my course, Learn Acoustic Guitar for Worship. There has never been a better time to learn acoustic guitar: God is raising up a worship movement across the nations, and you have a part to play. Guitar is a great instrument. Even though people spend a lifetime mastering it, you can actually learn to play basic chords rather quickly. And what's more, many worship songs use repeating chords and similar patterns. That means that songs from all of your favorite worship artists — Bethel, Jesus Culture, Hillsong United, the Helsers, the Torwalts, Chris Tomlin, and more — are easy to learn. Whether you want to play for your own personal devotional time, or whether you want to lead worship in a church, this course is a great start!

Preview 01:35

The first thing we need to talk about are the parts of a guitar. Throughout this course, I'll be referring to different parts of the guitar to show you how to play chords, progressions, and songs. It's important that you know some basic terminology so you can follow what I'll be showing you later.

Preview 03:52

Most guitars have six strings, and they are tuned to specific notes. In this video, we'll cover the names of the strings, and discus how we'll name fingers on our chord hand for easy reference. 

Preview 04:37

The distance between any two notes in music is called an interval. In this video, I'll show you the most common intervals that are used to build chords and scales, and then the names of some of the most important intervals. This video is a bit technical (it involves some basic music theory), but I know you'll pick it up quickly. 

Preview 05:45

Once you understand the basics of intervals, there are some ideas we need to build upon to understand how chords are formed on the guitar.

Intervals Part 2
04:47

Have you ever heard someone use the music term "sharp" or "flat" and wondered what they are talking about? I'll explain these concepts so that you can clearly grasp why they are important to building chords and scales on the guitar.

Sharps and Flats
06:31
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The Three Most Important Keys
4 Lectures 28:42

The key of G is the most important key to learn. The chords in this key are really close together — often you only have to move one or two fingers on the fretboard to get to the next chord. That makes songs in this key really easy for beginners to play. 

The Key of G
05:33

The key of C is another important key to learn. The chords in this key are really close together — often you only have to move one or two fingers on the fretboard to get to the next chord. That makes songs in this key really easy for beginners to play. 

The Key of C
05:14

The key of E is another important key to learn. The chords in this key are fun to play because you can slide your fingers up and down the neck using essentially the same fingering. 

The Key of E
06:02

Once you learn the three most important keys (G,C,E), you can play in any key using the exact same chord shapes. You do this by using a capo. I'll show you how easy a capo is to use in this video.

Using a Capo to play in every other keys
11:53
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Playing Songs
5 Lectures 25:41

Knowing chords is just half of learning guitar—you do it with one hand! In this video, we'll look at what your other hand, your strumming hand, should be doing. There are many ways to strum and pick a guitar, but worship music falls into only a few different strumming patterns. 

Common Strumming Patterns
09:16

Have you ever noticed that some music makes you want to clap your hands while other music makes you want to sway? Many times the "feel" of a song has to do with the time signature, or in other words, how many beats are played in repeating patterns. In this video, I'll show you the two most important time signatures for playing worship music.

Time Signatures
07:47

Once you have learned time signatures and common strumming patterns, it's time to try playing and singing at the same time. I'll walk you through it step by step. 

Playing and Singing Part 1
02:41

Once you have learned the basics of playing and singing, it's time to take it a step further. 

Playing and Singing Part 2
02:52

By the end of this video, you'll know how to learn to play and sing any song by using a practical method. 

Playing and Singing Part 3
03:05
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Exercises
6 Lectures 13:44
Key of G Progressions Part 1
04:22

Key of G Progressions Part 2
01:55

Key of C Progressions Part 1
01:39

Here are some more exercises you can play to get a feel for what it is like to strum chord progressions in the key of C.

Key of C Progressions Part 2
01:59

Here are some exercises you can play to get a feel for what it is like to strum chord progressions in the key of E.

Key of E Progressions Part 1
01:41

Here are some more exercises you can play to get a feel for what it is like to strum chord progressions in the key of E.

Key of E Progressions Part 2
02:08
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The Next Level
5 Lectures 24:58

Now that you know the basic chord shapes in open positions, you'll want to learn how to play different chord shapes up the neck. Barre (pronounced "bar") chords are an easy way to play major and minor chords anywhere on the fretboard. 

Barre Chords (Major)
06:23

Now that you know the basic chord shapes in open positions, you'll want to learn how to play different chord shapes up the neck. Barre (pronounced "bar") chords are an easy way to play major and minor chords anywhere on the fretboard. 

Barre Chords (Minor)
05:07

Syncopation Part 1
05:34

Now that you've mastered some basic strum patterns, it's time to learn how to get better at syncopation or "off beat strumming." In part two, I'll show you how to play syncopated rhythms in a different way that you'll hear in many different worship songs. 

Syncopation Part 2
06:24

You made it! You should be proud of yourself for learning the basics of acoustic guitar for worship. God has exciting things for your life!

Finis!
01:30
About the Instructor
Bret Mavrich
4.8 Average rating
19 Reviews
94 Students
1 Course
Guitar Instructor

Bret has been leading in the worship and prayer movement for more than a decade. His passion is to see night and day worship arise across the earth, from the rising of the sun to the setting of the same. Through song, teaching, and intercession he aims to see the praying church arise in the nations!

A veteran musician, Bret has been playing worship music for more than 15 years, and has given private instrument lessons to those who want to learn to play. He spent five years on a worship team at IHOP-KC, playing two hours a night. His vision is to see thousands of musicians and worship leaders activated to fill the prayer rooms  across the earth with worship songs.