Learn Our God from Passion: Awakening

If you haven’t had a chance to play “Our God” from the Passion: Awakening CD, then you are truly missing out. You can get the simple chords in the key of G on RWTC.  The CD version is sung in the key of B which means a capo 4 if you want to keep Em-C-G as your chords.

Below is a short “behind the song” video with Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman discussing the creation of the song.  They also comment on how to play the song using 2 guitar players (one using capo 4 and the other capo 2).

Isn’t it great how many players and ministries share their experiences playing worship songs.  Here is another video showing how to play the lead parts to Our God.

and here is Part 2 to the lead instructional.

Do you have a guitar lesson or song tutorial to share?

Let us know and we may share it here on the RWTC blog.


Tutorial – How He Loves by John Mark McMillan

You know a worship song has arrived when its being redone by lots of different artists on lots of different albums.  John Mark McMillan’s song,   How He Loves is one of those songs.  I checked Amazon and I can see it recorded by David Crowder, Jared Anderson, Lake Hills Church, Northstar Worship and many more.

The song is simple to play with only four chords (C, F, G, Am7) but its effect as a worship song can be great.  As John states in his tutorial video below, its the dynamics that really make this song go.  I would add that its the opening and pouring out of the worshiper’s heart that makes this song so  powerful and intimate.

Here are the chord variations that John Mark uses, as mentioned in the video:

C   - x32010
F/A - x03010 (substitute for Am or Am7)
F   - x33010 (variation of F with open G and E strings Fmaj9 no3)
G   - 320001

How He Loves by John Mark McMillan

Verse 1
He is jealous for me loves like a hurricane
I am a tree bending beneath
The weight of His wind and mercy
When all of a sudden I am unaware of
These afflictions eclipsed by glory
I realize just how beautiful You are
And how great Your affections are for me

Oh how He loves us so
Oh how He loves us
How He loves us so

Yeah He loves us
Oh how He loves us

Verse 2
So we are His portion and He is our prize
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes
If grace is an ocean we’re all sinking
So Heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest
And I don’t have time to maintain these regrets
When I think about the way that

How to play: Beautiful King by Jonathan Lee

If you haven’t been introduced to Jonathan Lee yet, then you are missing out on a passionate worshiper who loves to inspire others to worship.  Today’s instructional is a short “how to” video from GreatWorshipSongs.com of how to play Jonathan’s song, Beautiful King.

Jonathan wrote this song inspired by Revelation 19:6 which says, ” Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.”

You can get the chords for Jonathan’s song on Rockin With The Cross.

What songs are you wanting to learn next?

How to Play “How Great Is The Love” with Paul Baloche

Many thanks to Paul for explaining how to play this song. You can learn more about Paul Baloche at his website leadworship.com.  Paul shares lots of great advice on music and worship on his blog.  You can also find out what guitar equipment he is uses.

Enjoy Paul’s approach to playing “How Great Is The Love”.  I’m always curious to see how the actual artist plays their own songs and what tricks they have to make it sound great.  Paul makes great use of some color chords (minor-7ths, add9 and add4).

He also obtains a slightly different texture by capoing the 3rd fret.  If you like these chord shapes along with the capo sound, be sure to write down the chords in the video since they are different than the ones presented on Rockin With The Cross.

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