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Unread 08-28-2007, 08:58 PM   #1
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A classical guitar in worship?

I want to bring my acoustic to worship, but I only have a classical guitar as my acoustic. Would it sound good playing classical guitar in worship?

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It might sound funny strumming, should I'm sure with some tasteful playing, it could fit in.
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I think it's a great idea..


..if you play it as a classical guitar. If you're fingerpicking, etc it should sound great. Probably even better if you can fill in between lines while someone else bears the responsibility of rhythm (lead guitar on classical). You can do many tasteful runs and licks that would sound great.

However, DO NOT attempt to lead worship from a classical by strumming it as if it were an acoustic. This is not the purpose and it will sound like garbage. Just say no.
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However, DO NOT attempt to lead worship from a classical by strumming it as if it were an acoustic. This is not the purpose and it will sound like garbage. Just say no.
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+1. i have seen it done this way, it really isn't very good.
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Shouldn't be a problem as far as tone goes.

A couple of logistical matters to consider: (1) Does the guitar have a pick-up? (2) Can you put a strap on your guitar so you can stand?
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It might sound funny strumming, should I'm sure with some tasteful playing, it could fit in.
I have heard some flamenco in church that just rocked. We have used classicals at my church before for particular points, though I might add that our church's 3 lead guitarists have over 130 years of combined experience.
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I have heard some flamenco in church that just rocked. We have used classicals at my church before for particular points, though I might add that our church's 3 lead guitarists have over 130 years of combined experience.
Well that's nothing, I single-handedly have over 130 years of experience.

I think that classical can sound good, but it can also diminish the sound. Nevertheless, if it's all you've got, worship isn't about how the band sounds. However, when the band isn't good, I focus on the music when I should be focused on God.
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Well that's nothing, I single-handedly have over 130 years of experience.

I think that classical can sound good, but it can also diminish the sound. Nevertheless, if it's all you've got, worship isn't about how the band sounds. However, when the band isn't good, I focus on the music when I should be focused on God.
well, what I mean is sometimes my church will do a classical, acoustic, and a lead and rhythm electric. It can sound quite excellent, when played classically. Generally speaking, one of our lead guitarists who has played for 50 years handles all classical duties. It can make a very nice piece to a worship team.
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i am trying to figure out where i could fit in with my classical guitar playing into worship/home groups.
I have figured out SAME PWER, GOD OF THIS CITY and LORD YOU HAVE MY HEART.
CAn anyone point me in a good direction for resources on classical guitar in church worship.
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yes I agree strumming a classical guitar just doest lift the worship up.
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Classical should work just as well as steel string, you will probably have to mike it to get enough volume to be heard. Willie Nelson is a hell of a guitar player and listen to the sounds he gets out of his ratty old classical with huge holes in it. Go for it!!
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Go for it! I second that. I play electric guitar most of the time and just added a nylon string guitar. Like any other guitar, you have to play to an instruments strengths. Certain techniques and chord voicings that work on one guitar won't work on another guitar. Experiment to find the sounds that work the best, praise the Lord and have fun!
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I want to bring my acoustic to worship, but I only have a classical guitar as my acoustic. Would it sound good playing classical guitar in worship?
Real worship has absolutely nothing to do with any particular style of music. If anyone thinks otherwise, . . . If you only have a nylon string guitar, then use it. The thing is that today's "worship" music depends highly on effects, pedals and steel string sounds, and maybe the nylon string sound may feel different from what many people in church (and most church band members) are willing to listen nowadays. But, as an acoustic guitarist who plays in my local music group, I encourage you to talk to the music director or worship lead singer and try to explain your point.
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