Electric guitar creates texture and familiarity in worship.
Tone is important in playing electric guitar. We use overdrive tastefully, delay in an understated way, reverb that’s not too heavy and have an overall clear and full sonic quality. We can play lead lines but can create atmosphere when we aren’t the lead. We can improvise when needed, but do so tastefully. We are always aware of what the keys players are playing so we complement each other rather than step on one other. Electric guitarists often take some kind of melodic line in worship, and it’s our job to neither undersell nor oversell the melody. Improvisation of melody is fine so long as it fits within the mold of the song.
Delays in worship should have light to moderate feedback (i.e. not droning off into the distance); however, the time subdivision (1/4, 1/8°, etc.) is dependent upon the song. Reverbs shouldn’t be overly dramatic, meaning that they should be present but not dominating. Typically Hall reverbs and Spring reverbs work best in worship, but any reverb will work so long as it is used as a texturing tool, and not as a crutch. Overdrives are typically designed to work with an amp that is already a little overdriven, and in worship, overdrives allow electric guitarists to insert big dynamic shifts into songs. Some songs call for huge dynamic changes (see “Endlessly” verse 2) which require a high amount of overdrive, bordering on distortion. A good rule of thumb regarding overdrives is to always try to match the dynamic level of the band.
COMPETENCIES WE’RE LOOKING FOR IN ELECTRIC GUITARISTS:
- Ability to play to a click
- Ability to play a song lick for lick
- A basic understanding of the Nashville Number System
- Ability to utilize overdrive, delay and reverb to create a full sound
- A basic understanding of the major scale
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VIDEO submission INFORMATION:
Please submit your video through YouTube. Under privacy settings, select “UNLISTED” and title it as “YOUR NAME – ANTIOCH CS WORSHIP AUDITION.” When you fill out the worship volunteer form, there will be a place for you to paste the link to your YouTube video. You are welcome to submit videos of a recent (within the last 6 months) live performance as well. If you are auditioning for multiple instruments or an instrument and vocals, please submit separate videos for each one.