PRAISE TABS for WORSHIP
in Church Cell or Small Group Settings
WorshipToonz Arranger and Webmaster
Are you looking for praise tabs to use in your church cell group or small group? Wouldn't it be great to use guitar tabs that would allow a keyboardist to join you, without having to complicate your chords with the detail that only a keyboardist can play? Our Worship Packages can solve that problem for you, ready-made for both guitar and keyboard.
Our Praise & Worship Dilemma
As we prepared our praise and worship songs some years ago, I was confronted with a recurring problem. Before each rehearsal we had to begin with a decision for each song: Do we go with tabs appropriate for guitar or with the more complete chords for the keyboard? If the leader was to be a guitarist, well, you probably know which way we went. If the praise and worship leader that week would be leading from keyboard, that leader would insist (gently, of course) on playing the song as written—five chords to a measure, if so indicated.
So, invariably, that week’s guitarist would stare in frustration at the resulting praise tab detail, deciding all he was capable of were some lead licks, maybe an opening chord or two at a line’s beginning, or even a pedal tone, lining up with the bass. And of course everyone was very nice about it… but not completely happy. Basically the rule was: He who leads decides.
After a few months of this, during a worship service, one guitarist, who didn’t have a great many lead ideas, and who was also pretty frustrated with playing pseudo-bass lines and tabs with complex chords in the praise music, moved out onto the harmonic scene and tried playing his guitar-version tab while the keyboardist played his chord-for-every-note part. So…
The only thing anyone really noticed was more rhythm sounding from the rhythm section. No one seemed to notice that for a second here or there the guitar might be playing a “G” while the keyboard was sounding a “D.”
What’s our moral here (or do we have one)?
Let me simply explain. Instead of focusing on the guitar playing every chord in the complex tab, we began to look at the guitar more as a rhythmic instrument, rather than as a harmonic instrument. The tabs can now reflect chords to (more or less) express the harmonic movement of a song, but they don’t have to be perfectly exact.
You’ll see it at a glance…
The Lyrics & Chords for Guitar tabs are simplified arrangements of the praise or worship song as it appears on the Lead Sheets pages. We’ve scored tabs with special attention to guitarists in open keys, and with capo indications for each key change you would like to use. Use the original key from the Lead Sheets and keep the same harmonic flow without having to play every chord of the keyboard version.
What you'll receive in each Worship Package...
1) Three-part harmony for your worship team, bass note indications for the bass guitarist, and chords for the keyboardist in the Lead Sheets;
2) a range of key choices for guitarists in the Lyrics & Chords for Guitar tabs, with or without using a capo;
3) Lyrics Sheets that you can easily copy into your own projection format; and...
4) the song as originally recorded by the composers themselves.
Preview a demo Lead Sheet and Lyrics & Chords sheet.
In your church cell or small groups, the Lyrics & Chords for Guitar tabs can serve a dual purpose. You can use them in their open-fretted keys, along with a capo to play in the original key. Or you can use the tabs as a guide to play in the original key, without having to work through all the chord changes of the keyboard part. Either way, you can now put your focus more on the praise song’s rhythmic features, instead of grappling with tabs with constant chord changes.
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