Rythym Guitar: Red Back hymnal


#1

I pastor a small country church in South Georgia. We do not have any musicians other than a very talented piano player. I have a background in the guitar. I am reaching out to anyone who can help me learn the basics of finding keys, capoing on the right fret and playing rythym to most southern gospel songs and hymns


#2

I’ll help you all I can, brother. The first thing you need to do is go through my basic theory course to get a better handle on keys and transposing. Check it out here: https://banjobenclark.com/courses/introduction-to-music-theory

Let me know when you get done there, or if you have any questions, and we’ll get you going.


#3

I really appreciate that. I will do this and get back with you, thank you


#4

I do have another question. I have a Yamaha Acoustic guitar that i’m playing. I’m looking for a pickup to attach to the guitar to plug into my amp. Any suggestions?


#5

I recommend you go with a soundhole pickup that doesn’t require pro installation. I’ve had good results with the L.R. Baggs, but here is an article that may help: https://www.guitarplayer.com/gear-guides/six-soundhole-pickups-from-simple-to-sophisticated


#6

Andrew, what town are you in? Im in middle ga, but travel to my stompin grounds in Jeff Davis Co frequently. Are you anywhere close by?


#7

Also, Ben’s music theory courses here on the site helped me more than anything. I play almost every Sunday. Even though we don’t do many songs of the hymn book, about 75% of everything we do needs to be capoed. I even find myself moving a capo in the middle of a song because it will typically change keys at least once. We just did a gospel song on Easter called “Yahweh” that changed keys five times.


#8

I work in Coffee County, my church is located in Tombs county. I go through Hazelhurst frequently.


#9

Man it’s a small world. Both my parents work in Douglas, and I spent more time there than I did in Hazlehurst working with my dad growing up. I’ll give you a shout next time I’m in town, maybe we could grab a bite to eat.