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Unread 04-11-2016, 07:30 PM   #1
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What gets you the most excited about playing?

So I've been playing for nearly six years now and every time I hear better players playing, I realize I have a long way to go, but at the same time, whenever I hear some others who've played longer than I have, I realized the Lord has truly blessed me in music ministry. I am glad to say I play at least a song every day and always look forward to playing.

Anyway, I'm curious as to what gets you the most excited about wanting to play.

For me it's a tough question, so my top 5 things in no particular order are...
1) getting a new guitar
2) an upcoming gig at a new place
3) fresh strings
4) being moved by the Spirit to write a song
5) new effects

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Unread 04-12-2016, 03:07 PM   #2
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Honestly the weight of being a worship musician is hard for me To pour your heart out to God in front of others is one of my hardest challenges. I love those moments with God, but it's such an intimate thing to share with others. That being said, when others are also sharing that time with God it can be one of those times you don't want to end. I love being in churches that are freely worshipping. The one I'm at now, it's quite a bit more conservative. It's a blessing to get to crucify the prideful essential.
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Unread 04-12-2016, 04:10 PM   #3
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My biggest motivation to play is learning something new. If I improve in an area of playing, you won't be able to pry the instrument out of my hands.
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When I've been practising something for ages and I nail it on the day.
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Unread 04-13-2016, 11:51 AM   #5
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Good question. I think for me it's

(1) knowing that God's used me to facilitate people's worship of him

(2) those moments when something happens between myself and one or more other band-members, and it feels like telepathy

(3) in my old 'function' band, seeing people get up and dance (actually, be great to see that happen in my church.... one day.... one day...)

(4) in any setting, to see children fascinated by being in the presence of Live Music.
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Great answers so far. Thanks to everyone who's replied. Jwbrownlula hang in there. I've been in your shoes. I'm blessed now to play at several places, at least one of which allows the open worship. Pkguitartist, learning something new is a motivator for me too. Dogfood, nailing it on the day is always so sweet. Stratopastor I especially like your #1.
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Unread 04-13-2016, 02:39 PM   #7
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Hmmm..

1) Getting a new effect
2) having a legitimate reason to play
3) really getting into a song or feeling the music, which makes me want to practice and learn something new.
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This applies to the other instruments I play like my alto sax and trumpet, but knowing I have been part of something significant in the duration of either performing or leading in worship.
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Seeing people visibly excited and happy to be in the presence of God in a worship service. If I see that while I'm leading, I know that I'm doing my job (getting out of the way so that God can move).

If we're talking on my own, really really really nice power tube distortion every time. Or finding a nice riff while noodling.
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