My Guitar & Worship

Worship was the impetus for me to pick up the guitar and learnt how to strum those chords playing my first song a few months later! I was 15 years old. I wanted to learn the piano when i was a kid but somehow that didn’t work (read: couldn’t afford it!). so, when i found this old thrown-away Tokai guitar at Grandma’s storeroom, I knew there’s a GOD who answers my prayers. I remember Pitt Fan fixing those new strings on this worn-out almost fretless guitar! From then on, there was no turning back. Even as my musical taste (& appreciation) grew – whether it’s U2, to Michael Hedges, Radiohead, bits & pieces of classical and jazz as well, not forgetting the the more Christian flavored stuff Jars of Clay, Delirous?, Six Pence none the Richer, etc. 15 years later … I use the guitar primarily for worship and expressing my heart to GOD. It’s still my favorite and most heartfelt way of using the instrument.
bobfitts.jpg When I saw how Bob Fitts lead in worship with his guitar, the passion to do it just “caught” me. And the rest is history! I never forget the ARISE & SHINE worship conference we had in Malaysia years ago, and how I managed to spend a little time with him just to talk. It was what flowed from his heart that really touched me!

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Paul Baloche describes his writing as “journaling the process of my walk with the Lord”. And I think he’s another guitar-playing worship leader & songwriter that has impacted me. I love his songs and how often he uses the guitar to bring out the joy and/or intimacy in worship. (So happy he put some chord charts in his website and apparently he’s got a cool instructional video as well!) Some how his style and substance manages to lift me up when I’m becoming mediocre in my worship, must get a CD for BLC members to catch some of his passion!

Monday’s often turn out to be a great time of surfing and downloading stuff … though I missed the piano-keyboard boat. But, I think Ed Kerr has done me a wonderful service by making some of his tips and thoughts on arrangements available free on the next. Can’t play like a pianist, but it doesn’t mean I can’t learn how to think like one! I married a piano player – May Chin and now Gareth is flexing his muscles with percussive moves! We were created to Worship You – Father-Son-Spirit
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