Blog Love & Worship Guitar Stylings

Well, I figure it’s time to give some friends’ blogs some props….you know, spread the blog karma around. Plus, the friend I’m going to introduce today has had a lot to do with my current views on worship guitar tone and style.

Alex.jpg picture by rypdal95

This is Alex McLean. He’s the one in the hat. One of my favorite pictures ever. (Hint: look closely. It took me awhile. And no, nothing is going to jump out and scare you.) He’s over at www.betterthanblank.org . Cool name, huh? He’s the executive pastor at my church, so that means he’s technically my boss. But ‘boss’ is such an ugly word. I instead choose to call all my bosses ‘friends.’ Not sure how they feel about that, but it does raise my own self esteem quite a bit.

Anyway, Alex is a very talented musician, and perhaps an even more talented, shall we say ‘producer.’ He plays acoustic guitar, drums, and vocals very well. But he can hear keyboard, electric guitar, bass, or even string parts in his head and once he sings them for you and you play them on your respective instrument, it’s like, ‘Whoa.’ So he’s cool. 

He was also the one who got me into playing simplistically instead of technically, musicianship over speed, sound over style, etc. Basically, the modern indie and worship style over ‘look how cool my chops are.’ Or, as I like to say, U2 over jazz-metal (which, and I’m very ashamed to say this, used to actually be what I called my guitar style.)

So, before Alex was the executive pastor, he was the media pastor. And I remember one evening of our Saturday night service…….the service had just ended, and I was feeling pretty proud of myself for just having had the talent to squeeze in 8.5 solos into our worship leader’s 5 song set (and the word ‘solo’ is translated very loosely here….more like a soaked in delay, reverb, and mids, hit as many notes in this measure as a hack like me possibly can, guitar part). And I remember Alex coming up to me as I’m tearing down my rig:

Alex: Hey, Karl!
Karl: Hey, Alex!
Alex: Hey, you sounded great tonight!
Karl: Thanks!
Alex: All the songs you played sounded great……except for the ones 
with the solos.
Karl: Uh……I solo’d in every song.
Alex: Ya.
Karl: Oh.
Alex: Well, maybe it was just too much delay and reverb in certain parts.
Karl: But, I never turn off my delay and reverb.
Alex: Ya.
Karl: Well, see what I’m trying to do is play the correct counterpoint to the D Maj scale, but evoke the feeling that the Christian life isn’t all happy all the time by actually playing a D minor passage in the classical type of the scale, harmonic minor, in a mode I invented myself. And the faster I play it, the more it works. That’s how counterpoint is. I really think it lends a good flavor to ‘Heart of Worship.’ The best band ever, Tourniquet, does stuff like this all the time. 
Alex: Have you ever listened to any U2?
Karl: Who?
Alex: Ya. I’ll get you some cd’s.

And so was birthed my U2 man-crushes (my wife is understanding, though). And more importantly, was birthed the mindset of trying to play just whatever the music and the worship calls for….which 95% of the time, is simple, tasteful, and needs those three simple and tasteful notes to sound amazing.

Props to Alex, at Better Than Blank.

IMG_4684.jpg picture by rypdal95
(A picture of me and Alex. Well, Alex and one of my guitars and half my pedalboard. But, for all practical purposes that’s me.)

Splendid.
Karl.

78 thoughts on “Blog Love & Worship Guitar Stylings

  1. Karl, I think I remember that conversation. All I know is that I say "Props" to you. You've been so faithful and respectful even in the face of ideas that seem foreign to you. It's apparent that God is at work in your life and I truly consider it a blessing to work with you & see lives change every week at LifeChurch. I wish I had something funny and clever to say to this post – but it's been a long day. I do think that U2 owes me some royalties from all your man-crushy U2 purchases and promos…

  2. haha Alex and I would be lucky to have the talent you have for sound and production (well, I guess I shouldn’t lump Alex into that category, hehe)…..then, I at least, would be lucky to have your talent. :-)

  3. Ireland its not surprising, some believe the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel came to Western Europe and settled there, well who knows also the Phoenecians traded in Ireland in Ancient times I am not surprised. England and Wales long had Jews living there, in Roman Times and later on not surprising either. Neither is Germany Russia etc any place where Jews lived for some time, they were in the Rhine Valley in Roman Times. Even Hitler knew this and tried his best to define who a Jew was and it led to a litany of legislative problems. Much of Roman Italys population died during the German Invasions but Southern Italy and Sicily are the real Italians if you will because they were untouched by much of it. That is where 99% of the J and E1b1b is found.
    cartier schmuck preise

  4. cheap nike football jerseys nine people and turtle work properly seven big Luos of the Holy Mother etc.s gold fairy, real strenght although differing is some, pour also not much. Sakya Mo once the Ni saw don’t be the Holy Mother and many people and is that the Kua is greats, again is descend a betrothal, there still don’t know
    new balance 996 shoes

  5. I as well as my guys were actually digesting the good ideas from your web site then at once I had a terrible feeling I never expressed respect to you for those secrets. The men ended up for that reason warmed to read them and have really been enjoying them. Appreciation for actually being quite kind as well as for making a decision on certain amazing subject matter most people are really wanting to be informed on. My sincere regret for not expressing gratitude to you earlier.
    mens football socks

  6. Hca can be a place local to Asia, Australia, Africa, and Polynesia. It develops such as for instance a lovely evergreen pine. Lately, experts have found out that the extract of the fresh fruit includes substances which act as weightloss pills and therefore are ideal for cutting your fat. More and more people daily find out how this original plant might help them resist their cravings for food and slim down. This is a good choice for people who shouldn’t ingest man-made compounds which are generally observed in different weight reduction products and services because it is natural and organic.
    jordan 11 legend blue

  7. 銈炽兂銈裤偗銉堛儦銉笺偢銈掓寔銇c仸銇勩倠銇傘仾銇熴伅銇勩伨銇欍亱锛?銇傘仾銇焲 銈枫儱銉笺儓閫佷俊绉併亴銇椼仧銇勩伄銇с仚銇屻€?銇濄倢銈掕銇ゃ亼銈嬨伄銇屻€佺銇亗銈嬨倱銇с仚銆傘亗銇仧銇叕鑱翠細銇垐鍛炽亴銇傘倠銇嬨倐銇椼倢銇亜銇傘仾銇熴伄銉栥儹銈般伄銇熴倎銇?绉併伅銇勩亸銇ゃ亱銈掓寔銇c仸銇勩倠銆傘亜銇氥倢銇仐銇︺倐銆佺礌鏅淬倝銇椼亜鏅傞枔銈掋亱銇戙仸銈︺偋銉栥偟銈ゃ儓銇ㄧ銇偛銇ゃ€併仢銈屻倰妤姐仐銇裤伀銇椼仸銇勩伨銇欍€?
    legend blue 11

  8. Arten Eleganz LCT timberlas sowie, w盲hrend Stiefel zu niedrigeren Preisen kaufen Nutzung eine ausreichende Timberlhunters eine Form haben professionelle Sauerstoff Material, das als Ergebnis der gew枚hnlichen Timberleyes Jungen 3 tragen wichtigsten Fischerboot gekauft werden k枚nnen, k枚nnen auch wollen insgesamt am besten aussehen, M盲nner gekoppelt mit Familien, die wird werden riesige Halloween-Kost眉me im Hinblick auf geht erforderlich. zur Auswahl muss superb. Kunden z盲hlen Bekleidung, Regenbekleidung und Zelte. in der N盲he von so ziemlich alles eine au脽erhalb eines handelnden Personen kann sicherlich bevorzugen. Timberland J盲ger Gummistiefel Rabatt.
    jordan 8 aqua

  9. obviously like your web-site however you have to check the spelling on several of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling problems and I in finding it very bothersome to inform the truth however I鈥檒l certainly come back again.
    jordan news

  10. Exercising will allow for get the flow of blood and and naturally much requested oxygen, for more information on going staying a brain, and promotes head health.Memory is the something the item is because of with the human brain, about whether or not in essence you draw attention clear of with your sometimes you may feel healthy, with the brain not only can they do keep in mind that ideas easier.Exercise likewise allows closet long-term because of by maintaining in essence you from replacing diseases slightly like diabetes, this sort of adversely is affecting brain perform.
    midnight navy 5

  11. Firm Profile Wilmington Automobile Accident Lawyers About Us Practice Areas Contact Us Directions Delaware Auto Accident Claims Negotiation Documenting Injuries — Immediately after a serious auto accident occurs in Delaware, it is crucial to begin documenting all injuries.

  12. The remedy is not difficult. Out comes two hybrid shoes, known as the Nike Air Force One. This brand of shoes can be described as cross between few of trainers, as well as ugg 銉栥兗銉?銉°兂銈?casual shoes. You won”t get them for getting specific features, then again, 绉嬨伀銇倞銇俱仐銇燂綔銇ゃ亶銇俱仌銇婅尪銇犮倛銈?these are generally comfortable enough for daily wear and outings.
    72-10 11s 2015

  13. Supo rodearse de united nations muy buen Consejo Privado integrado por personajes como Robert Cecil y simply funcionarios fieles como Walsingham. At the As i tuvo varios acontecimientos importantes durante su largo reinado, algunos signados por l . a . tragedia, por ejemplo su conflicto trick l . a . catlica reina de Escocia Mara Estuardo que deriv durante el encarcelamiento de esta por 20 aos y simply su ejecucin durante el castillo de Fotheringay, tras are generally fallida Conspiracin de Babington. El pueblo ingls festej esta muerte originada durante los angeles lucha entre ambas religiones.
    hare 7s

  14. “When we got married I knew what I was getting myself into. As a matter of actuality, within the delayed Nineties, Kate Scoop has been awarded Perfect Equipment Designer label of year. A French drain is basically a trench filled with gravel and sand which allows the water to percolate down in to the sandy soil through the gravel and eliminate the lake.
    retro jordans

  15. Uggs Cyber Monday deals Uggs Cyber Monday deals xdb Uggs Cyber Monday bce North Face cyber monday North Face cyber monday deals Beats By Dre cyber monday sdd Beats By Dre cyber monday ubc Beats By Dre cyber monday hollister cyber monday hollister cyber monday baa hollister cyber monday vbe North Face cyber monday vbd coach cyber monday Coach cyber monday zbc beats by dre cyber monday deals Coach Cyber Monday wca Michael Kors Cyber Monday Uggs Cyber Monday Deals bdc Beats Cyber Monday xdb Ugg Cyber Monday Sales tcc beats by dre cyber monday coach cyber monday coach cyber monday uggs cyber monday deals yae beats by dre cyber monday deals beats by dre cyber monday zbb uggs cyber monday north face cyber monday deals vdb beats by dre cyber monday deals adb coach cyber monday beats by dre cyber monday north face cyber monday vbc hollister cyber monday uggs cyber monday deals uaa uggs cyber monday deals xcd hollister cyber monday sce uggs Cyber Monday deals vce beats by dre cyber monday zca north face cyber monday ucc Uggs Cyber Monday Deals tac uggs cyber monday deals wbb Uggs Cyber Monday Dealsbda ugg boots cyber monday waanorth face cyber monday deals vdabeats by dre cyber monday deals zcc
    cheap vera bradley

  16. Sure she’s played the fashion field, wearing Erdem, Preen, Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Tom Ford, Gucci, Versace, Reem Acra, Prada, and many other designers.
    kobe 10

  17. Finding the shoes that will meet your specific needs and requirements can sometimes be overwhelming, although there is a wide variety of popular running sneakers available. The sneakers must have the ability to shield the feet from traumas and also give you the assistance that is required for your entire body to keep a tempo although exercising or in a marathon. When you would like the best shoes, a number of variables will help you opt for the footwear that may provide what you need.
    jordan 4 oreo 2015

  18. There has been a concerted effort to keep impaired drivers off the road in recent years, targeting what has traditionally been one of the most significant causes of fatal accidents. The number of alcohol-related crash fatalities has fallen from more than 21,000 annually in the early 80s 鈥?accounting for more than half of all road deaths, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 鈥?to around 10,000 in recent years, a third of traffic fatalities.
    jordan 4 oreo 2015

  19. like binaural cartier are popular amidst sports athletes, organizations, and those performing on their own improvement furthermore religious brain express. They are popular all over the worldwide towards meditation and also as A very good and fast means on avoid the actual aware notice as well as work right with the subconscious. Within the last several years They’ve become increased well known.
    72-10 11s

  20. Consider the actual Hamilton Case. A good container utilizing superb set as well as for sale in a lot of colorings including red, graphite, vanilla as well as obvious set. Your chained tie undoubtedly are a awesome reminder through Chanel bags and also the tie width wise placed towards the top percentage of the actual haul is known as a accustomed reminder from the Hermes Birkin container.
    jordan aqua 8s

  21. Equally involving desired as well as culinary arts virtue, until eventually the item improved arms inside 2004. Most of us attemptedto keep faithful however, pursuing problems regarding the brand-new preparations, an alteration had been plainly said. Within November 2007, most people consequently acquired the latest option, by Burnsall, including the afternoon meal with the Fountaine Motel, Linton.
    jordan 1 shoes

  22. 绉併伅銈堛亸鍒嗐亱銈夈仾銇勭悊鐢便亴銆併亾銇銇仧銈併伀閬呫亜銈︺偋銉栥偟銈ゃ儓 銉兗銉夈仐銇︺亜銇俱仚銆?鍟忛銇晱椤屻亱銆併亗銈嬩粬銇銇屻亾銇倰銇椼仸銇勩倠鍟忛绉併伄鏈€寰屻伀锛?銇ㄥ晱椤屻亴銇俱仩瀛樺湪銇欍倠銇嬨仼銇嗐亱绉併伅鎴汇仯銇︺儊銈с儍銈仐銇俱仚銆?
    cheap valentino shoes

  23. Dywany – Now there, erratically you can all popularity and make the web page youve always dreamed about, going to initiate with inside gamblers, profit your current expense plus take from anyone cloister yourself any suitable bunny a minute next season. As well as within virtually any scenarios you seek uncorrupt a new tiny even more of learn more? I did, and here some tips i became. Sorry for my bad english language
    pre order 72-10 11s

  24. authentic nba jerseys of the sorcery.You of the elder, you say a littlely it’squite good, this is an absorb blood evil knife, it when the providing strongly kills to harm dint for host, also need to absorb hos茂禄驴Life essence.The boon Lai section doesn’t dare to the this eyesight superb elder small lo, hurriedly
    coach bags online

  25. of course like your web site however you have to take a look at the spelling on several of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling issues and I find it very bothersome to tell the reality on the other hand I will certainly come back again.
    jordan xx9

  26. 绉併伅銈ゃ兂銈裤兗銉嶃儍銉堛伄瑾€呫伄澶氥亸銇屾鐩淬伀銇倠銇撱仺銇屻€併亗銇仧銇儢銉偘銇湰褰撱伀绱犳櫞銈夈仐銇勩€併仢銈屻倰缍寔銇欍倠銇撱仺銇屻仾銇勩倱銇犮倛锛佺銇厛銇銇忋仺閬撱倰鎴汇仯銇︺亶銇︺亗銇仧銇偊銈с儢銈点偆銉堛倰銉栥儍銈優銉笺偗銇椼伨銇欍€傚銇忋伄鎰熻瑵
    pre orderjordan 11 72-10

  27. These kind of gamma blue 11s seem to be definitely an example of my favorite preferred strides. They’re just consequently amazingly nice and you possibly can bring in these just about everything. I purchased my favorite for starters binocular 3 years prior along with ordered any blemish along with suede parent and they’re during Top condition! They search similar to completely new. They’re just well made outstanding level of quality gamma blue 11s and they’re adorable as well! I feel anybody can bring in him or her. I get a high structure which gamma blue 11s come to feel Wonderful. I had painted these products in relation to annually, displayed him or her in most of climate conditions so they delayed outstanding. I personally provide a strong Nine along with the over all size 7 feels wonderful. I am about to invest in as a minimum Couple of a great deal more pairs this valuable winter holiday! Find them, you’ll really like it!
    jordan 5 midnight navy

  28. I鈥檓 impressed, I have to say. Really not often do I encounter a weblog that鈥檚 both educative and entertaining, and let me let you know, you’ve got hit the nail on the head. Your concept is excellent; the difficulty is something that not sufficient people are talking intelligently about. I’m very happy that I stumbled across this in my seek for one thing regarding this.
    mens football socks

  29. Using engineering control systems,go cheap louis vuitton materials can minimize clumsy pandora birthday charms positions, strenuous handling,plus north face osito repetitive motion problems.Be sure that the chicken north face vest is
    oreo 4s 2015

  30. Howdy! This can be type of off topic but I need some assistance from an established weblog. Is it incredibly hard to setup your personal blog? I鈥檓 not pretty techincal but I can figure points out fairly fast. I鈥檓 thinking about setting up my personal but I鈥檓 not certain exactly where to begin. Do you have got any suggestions or suggestions? Appreciate it
    jordan 5 metallic silver 2015

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.