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Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in the latest song from Chris Tomlin or Lauren Daigle that Christian music fans lose track of some of the old Christian songs that were staples of traditional Christian worship services. When it comes to music, everyone has their preferences. The reception to certain old Christian songs may depend on where you were when you first heard them or what ificance the words have had on your own life.
Difficulty: Chord switching at an intermediate pace; easy to play once you can transition between the G, C, and D chords at a reasonable pace.
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Guitar Tabs: Amazing Love - Hillsong. Amazing love is a song you can play with 3 easy guitar chords: G, C, and D. This is a simplified version, of course, but it still sounds very close to the original. This is a great worship song I personally love this song!
None of the chords mentioned here involve any bars or capos. If you don't remember how this song goes and need a refresher, here's the first verse and chorus to jog your memory. Difficulty: There's some quicker chord switching in this song in both the verses and the chorus, a little more so in the chorus. Other than that, it's easy to play once you learn the chords. Who You Say I Am is another easy song you can learn to play on guitar without too much struggle.
The chords are fundamental, core chords that you'll have to learn at one point or another or should already know if you've been playing for a period of time! Note: All of the songs from this point onward will be played with 4 chords. Even though I could've simplified a few of them even more into just 3 chords, they just wouldn't have sounded the same. I decided to do all I could to keep the "essence" of the music. You'll notice that the remainder of the songs listed here sound a bit "richer" than the first song we simplified down to only 3 chords Amazing Love.
Even though Amazing Love still sounds good, adding an E Minor Em into the chord progression would ificantly improve the sound. Just my two cents! While playing the verses you alternate the last chord between G and C, but all the root chords played here remain the same. Difficulty: Contains intermediate-paced chord switching once every 2 seconds or so during the song.
It's relatively easy to play once you can switch chords quickly with some practice. It's unique in that it actually starts with the chorus and then goes on into the verse.
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As I mentioned in the description Who You Say I Amevery song from this point on is going to have 4 chords instead of 3 giving them a richer sound, and having them all sounding even more like the original! Once again, these aren't tricky chords. After practicing for a few hours this is, realistically, how long it should take if you're new to this - perhaps a bit longeryou'll be able to have these chords down pretty well.
When I was learning my first chord progression on guitar, it took me roughly a week practicing an hour or so a dayuntil I could play the chords without looking at the frets, purely by muscle memory. You can get to a good point with a few hours of practice, but it'll take a little longer to develop the muscle memory for each chord. Difficulty: Easy to play.
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You'll be switching chords once every line in this song, at a bit of slower pace compared to the last few. The only part that may be a bit more difficult is that there isn't a repeating chord progression; it changes slightly throughout the song.
This is another excellent song from Hillsong Worship. Broken Vessels is relatively easy to learn, as it contains the same four chords we've been seeing over and over again in the last few songs.
If you stop and look at the most common chords all of these worship songs contain, you'll notice that Em, G, D, and C appear very frequently. Pretty cool, isn't it?
This song is a little bit more difficult in that it doesn't have a "rotating" chord progression. When I say rotating, I mean playing the same four chords over and over again in the same order each time. Difficulty: Even though this song contains five chords instead of the usual 3 or 4 up until nowthe chord progression is fairly simple.
This makes it easy to play once you've mastered the chords and can comfortably transition between them. And we finally come across our first 5-chord song! Don't worry, it's not as scary as it sounds.
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And if you've been following along with some of the earlier songs I mentioned, you should already have G, C, Em, and D down. The one new chord we've been seeing here is A Minor Ambut luckily, it's also a reasonably straightforward chord to grasp. This entire song is mostly played with those four chords.
The only place that a D chord comes up is in the bridge of the song and it's only played once. This song is a slower, quieter worship song that would work great when mixed into a worship set either before or after a prayer or if a softer song is desired. The lyrics are easy to remember once you've heard the song all the way through at least one time but with the chorus, you can even pick that up on your first time singing this song due to it repeating.
Difficulty: Involves some quicker chord switching in the chorus.
A little more difficult than most of the songs we've mentioned earlier, but still very doable with some quality practice. Transposed -5 into an easier key G. Guitar Tabs: Cornerstone - Hillsong.
Cornerstone by Hillsong is a great worship song -- I personally love singing it! This is a more upbeat song that would fit in great as the last worship song when closing out your set if you'll be playing this with your worship band. Using only four chords the same ones we've already used numerous times in worship songs abovethis song should be easy to pick up no matter what your level of play is. The chord progression is as follows: G, Em, C, D. Once you learn these chords and get them down to where you can quickly transition between them, you'll make quick work of picking up Cornerstone.
Difficulty: Very easy to play with nice slow chord transitions and only four chords to master.
Transposed -9 into the key of G for easier chords. These are both bar chords! Bar chords definitely aren't easy to play; check out the chord chart for F m and B below. A whole bar for F m on the second fret, and a five string second fret bar for B. There's some difficult guitar notes there! To get around this and simplify this song to a playable beginner level, what I did was transposed the entire song down 9 half steps -9 transpose. This brought it down from E to G, giving us the same chords we've been playing the rest of these songs in! Just like in Cornerstone, the D chord only appears in the bridge here.
Everything else is played purely with G, C, and Am. Difficulty: Relatively easy to play, with some "intermediate-speed" chord transitions. They aren't too fast and they aren't too slow either; with a bit of practice you'll be able to play Stronger flawlessly. Guitar Tabs: Stronger - Hillsong. I hate to sound like a broken record, but Stronger by Hillsong Worship also uses the same four chords we've been seeing over and over again: C, D, G, and Em.
This song is more in the intermediate-beginner range because of its speed. You have to switch between C, D, and G very quickly in the verses and you'll also throw in an Em in there. You'll have to practice your chord switching if you want to pull off playing this song smoothly.
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That's also the chord progression for this song's verses: C, D, G, and Em. The chorus is a little bit different since it goes: G, D, Em, C. Difficulty: Mighty to Save only has two chord changes per line, making it easy to play. Be sure to master the C, G, Em, and D chords if you want to play this worship song flawlessly and smoothly! Guitar Tabs: Mighty to Save - Hillsong. Mighty to Save by Hillsong United is a worship song you've very likely heard or sung along to in the past. Do you want to guess which ones?
For the versesit's C, G, Em, D. Difficulty: There are only two chord changes per line at a medium pace in Everlasting God. On top of that, the chord progression is super easy and repeating. This is the perfect worship song for beginners to pick up and learn! These four chords sure are persistent, letting us play nearly every song on this list.
Hello again G, C, Em, and D! Those are the only four chords you'll need to know to play Everlasting God. I classify this song as being at a true beginner level. There isn't any quick chord switching anywhere in the chorus.
The verses of Everlasting God don't have any fast chord switches either, except for the last two lines of each verse where there's a quicker transition. If you're on a quest to find an easy worship song that you can learn incredibly quick, this could be the one.