The Right Way to Play a Wrong Chord

The other night we played a song in Ab. I played the first two chords in A.

If you hold to the theory that dissonance is used in music to make the consonance sound better, then I made the rest of the song sound reeeeaaaaallly good.

The key in these situations is to glare in disgust at another member of the band, hence reflecting away all the angry eyes glaring at you. In my experience, it is best to glare at the worship leader. You can’t glare at the other guitarist because he can just hit on a couple of distortion pedals and blast out his correct chords to everyone, proving himself innocent. The bass player doesn’t have any distortion pedals and hence has a harder time establishing that he was on the correct chord, but he is also usually a good deal larger than you and a little frightening. You can’t glare at the keyboardist, because since he’s the only one with any real musical knowledge in the band, he can talk himself out of anything. Drummers usually can’t defend themselves musically that well, but even the sound tech knows the drummer can’t hit a wrong chord. You could try to glare at the background vocalist, but that’s usually a woman, and hence even more frightening then the bass player. But the worship leader……he doesn’t even know what chords he’s playing half the time, so he’ll just naturally assume it was him. And if he really puts up a fight, just tell him he capo’d the wrong fret.

This will work 99% of the time. Unless you had a good deal of delay on your guitar at the time of said wrong chords. Then you’re just done.

For those of you, like me, who don’t know how to play without a good deal of delay on your guitar, may I suggest a little thing called, ‘playing the right chords.’

Splendid (and hopefully everyone is noting the playful sarcasm in this post and not taking it ultra-seriously).

0 thoughts on “The Right Way to Play a Wrong Chord

  1. hahaha! good one! one time during the “walk-out” music, i inadvertently played an intro riff a semi-tone lower. i had 2 bars at it and never realized it until everybody came in. of course, i did the “glare” thing but then everybody was glaring back directly at me except the backup vocalist who already left the platform. by then, i tried the ‘playing the right chords’ method!

    btw, there was good thing that came out of this … now i know i can play that riff in any key! 🙂

  2. You don’t play the wrong chords if the spirit leads you, right? You were just more in tune with what the holy spirit was leading you to play at that exact moment, and if the rest of the band was as spiritual as you, they would have followed your lead and all played A.

    The spirit was leading you… right?

  3. Rhoy–hehe Nice story! Yep. I’ve done that more time than I care to think about.

    Alex–absolutely. You took the words out of my mouth.

    Greg–thanks. Cool blog, by the way.

    Ben–hehe Are you a keyboardist?

  4. heh… awesome. I love the times you take a quick bathroom break before service, and everyone decides to play a full step higher while you are out. You come back, nail your lead intro— and suddenly you are doubting your abilities.
    Another day as a church guitarist….

    Meanwhile…. dead on about the keyboard player. Every keyboard guy I have ever played with was either 1) pro studio musician or 2) getting his masters in classical who knows what.
    Drummers usually don’t care whats going on anyway 🙂
    The good news is me and the scary bass player usually “play off” of each other (even bass players need solos every now and then!) so if i’m messed up in the key, hes fast to help out.

    good, very relevant post!
    no more exams, I’m back for a couple of weeks!

  5. Yeah so… what happens if the lead guitarist is playing capo 4 and the worship leader is playing capo 3 and you’re both supposed to be playing capo 2??? (or something like that)

    Yeah, it happened!

    I was playing lead (not sure if I’m comfortable calling it that), Alex was leading… we started and of course I glared at him when I heard the first note… he quickly switched capo positions and that’s when I realized I was off too…

    probably the longest and ugliest 20 seconds of my entire worship leading life…

    Sorry Alex!

  6. Larry–good to have you back, bro! And bass solos? In church? hehehe I have a friend who says that basses shouldn’t have frets beyond the 12th. 😉

    Eric–that’s awesome! But moreso that you played lead for Alex! That’s so killer. When was this? I’d seriously pay money to hear you just rip a solo!

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