Guitar as a Second Instrument (NEW!)
Are you relatively new to the guitar, having previously played another instrument? You may know more than you think you do. Come find out what the guitar has in common with the piano, drums, and other instruments, to give you an extra boost of momentum as you get into the guitar.
What if my Guitar IS the Worship Band? (NEW!)
Have you ever had to lead solo from guitar on a Sunday, either because you didn’t have enough volunteers, or your team bailed at the last minute? Come find some inside tips to make your guitar more versatile to sound fuller as a solo accompanying instrument (without buying more gear).
I Have a Guitar - Now What? (NEW!)
Learn some great first steps toward getting your guitar playing off the ground.
Guitar Chords for People Who Aren’t Ready for Bar Chords Yet (NEW!)
Bar chords are inevitable, but there are ways to work around them if you’re in the early stages of guitar and your hands need to build strength. Learn some helpful open color chords and capo tricks that will open up options for you.
Strumming Patterns for Guitar – Wait – There’s More Than 1? (NEW!)
Strumming is essential for rhythm guitar, and there are an infinite number of strumming patterns to be discovered or created. We’ll discuss the process of identifying important beats in a groove so as to design or assign the right strumming pattern(s).
Get the Most from Your Rehearsal
In this new class, you'll gain access to some battle-tested strategies that will help you be more effective with the music aspect of your worship leadership. We'll discuss how to equip your worship team with the tools they need to come to rehearsal ready to hit the ground running. Additional strategies will be offered on how to efficiently run the song set on Sunday, acknowledging the tech team. We'll include discussion on creating a thorough worship packet in advance, distributing information effectively, and equipping your team so they can give the Lord their very best.
Ambassadors in the Music & Tech Realm
Music and Tech are two sides of the same important coin. We are all worshiping the Lord with our gifts, but we often think differently and use different processes, depending on whether we’re playing a guitar or mixing audio levels. Learn some effective tips for better communication between teams, and how to develop relationships and effectiveness with music and tech team members together.
The Worship Leader / Pastor Relationship
Everything rises and falls on leadership. We’ll discuss what it means to know the heart of your Pastor, to keep the door open for healthy communication, and practical tips for how to lead your congregation alongside your Pastor. Learn some important questions to ask about theologically sound lyrics, service flow, and some of the things that may not be on either of your radars that can be worth having intentional communication about.
Basic Music Theory: Putting the “Fun” in “Fundamentals”
This open-discussion class will help fill in some of the gaps in your musical knowledge with useful concepts that can immediately be put to use in modern worship and songwriting. Taught from the perspective of the guitar with some discussion of the piano, this class will begin with the basics (clefs, notes, and intervals) and then we will move on to chord construction and diatonic scale harmonization in major keys. Based on the pace of the class, we can go as far into at least 25 essential subjects as time permits. Students will emerge better equipped to read charts quickly and to communicate using the language of music theory.
Practicing With Purpose: How to Maximize Your Solo Practice Time
Did you know that how you practice is more important than what you practice? In this new workshop, discover the effective tools for developing good practice habits that lead to steady and measurable progress. Learn the hidden secrets of the metronome, how to create a comfortable practice space, how to develop quality repertoire, and more. (For all instrumentalists with any level of experience).
The Strumming Fool: A Guitarist’s Guide to Strumming
In this seminar, students will learn multiple useful strumming patterns that can be used immediately. These patterns (captured in rhythmic notation with a customized strum arrow system) are ideal for multiple settings, including worship and pop music. The class also features selective palm muting, partial strumming, shuffling, and more. (For students with at least 2 years of experience ages 16 and up.)
The Fingerpicking Fool: A Guide for the Fingerstyle Guitarist
This advanced seminar is designed to help the fingerstyle guitarist move to the next level while accompanying a melody as a rhythm guitarist. Students will learn the Spanish system of using individual fingers with the picking hand, and explore several common fingerstyle patterns in standard tuning and alternate tunings. The class also includes a section on developing creative new textures with fingerstyle guitar. (For students with at least 5 years of experience, ages 16 and up.)
Writing Songs for Thirsty Souls
Learn the key elements of crafting powerful lyrics and edifying music in this exciting seminar. Concepts include: developing your songwriting toolkit, learning what makes a great song, crafting excellent lyrics, merging words and music, understanding song forms, realizing your potential, preparing for inspiration, and more! (For songwriters of all experience levels, ages 16 and up.)
The Peripheral Worship Leader
This seminar is for people who want to raise the standard of how they lead worship, either individually, or as a team. Concepts include: necessary tools for worship, defining worship, finding the balance in leading worship, song selection, leading solo or with a team, a pictorial journey through the Tabernacle of Moses, and more. (For anyone involved with worship – no musical background required – ages 16 and up.) *Note: This seminar is most often taught in combination with a private worship team consultation.
Engaging the Heart of the Worshiper
Come enjoy a time of instruction, discussion, and the pursuit of excellence as this full-time worship leader shares his passion for ministering to the worshiper including: the needs of the worshiper, creative media in the worship set, different worship styles, incorporating scripture, edifying the sermon theme, and more! (For worship leaders, singers and musicians.)
Rhythm Guitar: The Next Level
Designed to enrich the skills of the rhythm guitarist, whether for worship leading or songwriting, this seminar covers practical aspects that any guitarist will find useful. Concepts covered include: fretboard mapping, strumming patterns, fingerstyle, bar chords, the CAGED system, chord transitions, and more! (For students ages 16 and up, with 6 months of experience or more.)
The Capo: A Guitarist’s Trusty Companion
Discover how a capo can make things easier, different, or more interesting in this in-depth seminar. 7 different customized capos are examined (Kyser, G7th, Shubb C8B partial capo, Shubb C7B partial capo, Shubb “sawed off ½ open A” capo, the Third Hand capo, and the Glider capo). These capos (along with a total of 20 ways to use them) are demonstrated, to help guitarists expand their playing and their creativity. (For students with at least 5 years of experience, ages 16 and up. Bringing a capo to the seminar is highly recommended.)
Breaking the Mold: Creativity on the Acoustic Guitar
This seminar is designed for those who want to explore the guitar in new and exciting ways, by thinking “outside the box.” Concepts explored include: 8 alternate tunings (DADGBE, DADFAD, DGDGBD, DADGAD, DGDGAD, DADGCD, CGCGCD, and FADFCE), 2-hand tapping or the “touch style,” non-traditional playing styles, artificial and normal harmonics, and the use of a loop station to stack and layer live sound. This is truly a unique and inspiring class that will help broaden your horizons. (For students with at least 5 years of experience, ages 16 and up.)
Build Your Own Rhythm Guitar Seminar
This seminar is for students and hosting churches who want a custom-tailored presentation. In the same manner as choosing your toppings on a pizza, students are able to pre-register and fill out a form where they list their preferences for specific available topics. The concepts which can be covered range from preparation fundamentals, to harmonic and rhythmic fundamentals. At least 24 different subjects are available, and David is able to teach them in order of students’ priority, for as long as time permits. (For students with at least 2 years of experience, ages 16 and up.)