This is a topic that is very dear to my heart. I’m very used to people asking me what pedals or gear that I’m using (quite often actually), and it’s very honoring that someone thinks I sound good enough to want to replicate my sound.
However, I’m not oblivious to fact that there’s this belief in our “gear culture” that it’s the gear that makes someone a great player, or causes someone to sound great. So whenever someone asks me about my gear, it takes everything inside of me not to change the subject to all the things that will ACTUALLY make you sound better, other than gear!
If you don’t know Jordan Holt, he’s one of the guitar instructors here at Worship Online. Jordan has played for and worked with a handful of artists from Matt Redman, Ben Cantelon, Leeland, and Kari Jobe (who he’s on the road with now). All while serving his home church The Belonging Co. here in Nashville.
When Jordan sent me this post he wrote last week about all of the things he wished he could tell “gearaholics,” I knew it had to be shared!
If there’s something Jordan knows about, it’s gear. I’m constantly asking him questions about pedals and guitars, and as you can imagine, he get’s asked about the gear he’s using…a lot. However, there’s one thing Jordan knows even more about than gear, and that’s how to actually play WELL and sound incredible, which has nothing to do with gear at all.
Jordan does an incredible job sharing about the 6 things that will make you sound better than any gear ever could in this weeks post! Without further ado:
1) Be Tasteful
2) Play Dynamically
3) Play in Context
5) Master Your Gear
6) Spend Time Alone With God
You may also be interested in these posts as well:
- 11 Golden Rules For Worship Guitarists
- The “Secret” To Being A Great Electric Guitarist
- What to do if you’re the ONLY electric guitar player in your band
- What Every Worship Leader Needs To Know About Electric Guitar (Part 1)
- How To Actually Worship While Playing Your Instrument
- Skill Goals VS Gear Goals (Which Ones Are You Setting?)