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Gospel Guitar

Gospel guitar is like regular guitar but with jazzier chords, more changes and funkier rhythms. I got to try it this morning while leading worship at church with the song “When I Was Lost” (Kate and Miles Simmonds, 2001). I thought I had it pretty slick by yesterday and, inevitably, it didn’t quite get there by the time I was trying to lead the band and the congregation. The London Community Gospel Choir don’t have anything to fear from St Clement’s just yet but we still managed a bit of joyous exuberance and I got in a few maj9 and other chords that reach beyond the average major, minor and dominant options that most songs stretch to. Mind you, when I’m playing guitar, I sprinkle that magic dust round pretty liberally in any case!

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