Course Instructor: Philip Sager
Music. It was part of my life since I was in the womb. In fact, my mother told me, that when she was pregnant, she danced flamenco. My father, on the other hand, learned to play flamenco guitar, and by the time I was born, they were listening to this kind of music all the time.
So I got plunged into music from my very first breath. However, it took me a good 15 years to discover the guitar. It was when I was 15 or 16 that my father decided to give me one of his expensive flamenco guitars. I was so thrilled. It was an original Conde Hermanos guitar he bought in Spain, and I knew how much he cherished it. If you know anything about guitars from Spain, this is it guys. This is the Ferrari of flamenco guitars. My father showed me a few chords, and so my journey started.
I loved flamenco, and for me, it was not something new. It was all so familiar since it had been with me my whole life. I wanted to become a virtuoso on the guitar. When I was 19, I started to take guitar lessons in Bern, Switzerland. My teacher was real flamenco guitarist. He was a pure artist at heart that lived his music. He and his guitar were one. You could see, feel, and then of course, also hear it when he played. He was the virtuoso I wanted to become.
One fascinating thing about learning flamenco is, you do not have to learn all the music notes and study music. In fact, I did not have a clue about notes. Music just had to feel right and good. That was all that mattered to me. In flamenco, you imitate your teacher. You do what you see your teacher doing, and you do it with persistence and much passion. Flamenco is a feeling, it is a lifestyle. It is expressing your joy and your sadness. I was inspired and people loved how I played.
By taking lessons, I started to play really well. It was hard training for my right and my left hand. However, that did not stop me, and in my zeal, I played every single day. My guitar sounded like never before.
It was my utmost joy to have the opportunity to visit a genuine flamenco luthier (guitar maker) in Switzerland. I started to visit him on a regular basis, and I was able to build my own guitar in his workshop with his help. I built my own real flamenco guitar.
Then something happened that changed the course of my career. The Lord started to move strongly in my life. As I rose up more and more in ministry, I wanted to use my guitar skills in the church. However, the Lord mixed things a bit.
I still recall, as it would have been yesterday, when I decided to take my guitar to the local home church I started to attend. I wanted to bring my skill to the church, and give my playing to the Lord. I was full of excitement of what they would think. In fact, I thought that they would make me the official guitar player in the home church after that.
Unfortunately what I had learned did not mix well with praise and worship. In some ways, I needed more simplicity and not more skill! So no, skill alone did not make me into a Worship Leader.
So, my next phase of training began. The Lord told me to completely stop my flamenco lessons, so I did. He replaced my flamenco guitar with a beautiful western guitar. I felt the passion to worship. I had music on my heart all my life, but suddenly everything fell into place and started to make sense.
I was not meant to be a flamenco virtuoso. What was the sense in that? I was meant be a worshipper, and lead people into the presence of the Lord. So my journey changed and it felt like I had to start learning to play the guitar all over again.
Just playing the guitar and picking fancy notes was suddenly not good enough for me anymore. I wanted to sing for the Lord and use the guitar as a tool for the Lord. Little did I know that the Lord was preparing me for that the whole time.
However, it went much faster this time. I picked up the western guitar, and learned to play different styles. With the skills I learned in flamenco, the fancy strumming and the fingerpicking, helped me now to add flavor and character to my playing.
I loved music, and with the passion for the Lord, it was an unstoppable consuming fire. As I got closer to the Lord and learned how to hear His voice, He started to teach me. I know the principle of imitation very well. I learned flamenco that way, and now I got a new teacher, my spiritual mom Apostle Colette Toach. I imitated her, and took from her what she had, and then added what the Holy Spirit taught me in my own times of worship.
Now I am able to present to you a vast compilation of guitar teaching. This is your shortcut. You do not have to go the long way as I did. Learn it all here, and rise up to become the guitar player you always wanted to be. If you are up to it and want to stick around, you can even become a virtuoso. However, never forget, what truly matters. What matters is the simplicity to worship the Lord. Simplicity is what brings you to the throne room not your great skill to move your fingers faster than your brain can think. It is all about worship in your heart.
Worship means to pour out to the Lord and love Him with all your heart. You do not even need an instrument to do that. The guitar is simply a great tool to bring your spirit, your soul and your body into line and focus on the Lord Jesus.
That is my journey and I know that as you read it, either you can identify with it being a believer with a heart for music as well or you are about to be challenged as you rise up into ministry with the desire to be used by the Lord in music and worship.
||Introduction: Worship Party - Jesus' Style
Worship. It is the essential reason for this course. What does it take to worship the Lord? Do you need to be able to play like a virtuoso? Learn about the true heart of worship and the reason why you should take this course. Are you ready to worship?
||Hello Guitar - Your First Date
First time picking up a guitar? In the first lesson you will learn about the guitar as an instrument and how to get ready to to play your first chord.
|The Power of Praise
Learning the Main Chords in the Key of D
The Starting Signal to an Amazing Journey to the Throne Room of God. Learn to praise the Lord in the hour of darkness. Let the Holy Spirit take you to the Holy of Holies.
||Indeed, I can strum!
Basic Strumming Pattern 4/4.
I promise you, after this lesson you will be playing your first song well. Solidify your first three chords and learn your first strumming pattern.
Learn how to praise your way through your problem. Lift you eyes higher and choose to praise instead of sitting in grief and wallow. Praise the Lord with the Word of God and with Tongues. Learn how to build yourself up and get ready for the Throne Room
||You are the Temple
Learning the main chords in the key of A
In this lesson you will learn some new powerful chords that will open the door for you to play many praise and worship songs.
The transition to worship. Learn about the difference between praise and worship.
||Let your River Flow
Strumming Lesson Part 2
Learn how to play 8 beats in 4/4. Take your strumming to the next level and add some characteristics to it.
Tap into the inner underground stream and pour out of our spirit.
||The Gentle Breeze of Jesus
Learning the main chords in the key of G
Learn a wonderful chords progression that you can use to worship the Lord.
Experience the the gentle breeze of Jesus. Learn to worship unto the Lord. You and the Lord alone. Love is the heart of worship. Learn to pour out in love to the Lord
||Worship is a Sacrifice
Strumming Pattern Part 3
Come let us worship with a new pattern that will revolutionize your guitar playing
Learn about the difference between being a great guitar player and playing with anointing.
||The Worship Revolution
Learning the main chords in the key of E
Worldly music in the church? It is time the church of God rises up to set a new standard when it comes to music. Music is powerful. Let us use it with the tool the Lord has given us to build the kingdom of God.
||The Unity in Worship
Strumming Pattern Part 4
New level - new pattern. A fantastic beat that will help you add more flavor to your worship times
Worship is for God's people. Learn about how to step out of you "worship closet" and start leading people into the throne room that you have been experiencing for yourself.
||Thou Shalt Not Fear!
Learning the main chords in the key of C
Master your first Barre Chords and show the world that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.
Learn about the Power of Music. Are you ready to be changed and being used by God to change the life of God's people?
||Keep it simple!
Strumming Pattern Part 5
You will learn to keep things simple in playing guitar in a worship band. Less is sometimes more.
To keep things simple is so true when it comes to leading worship. Learn what counts being a worship band member.
In this lesson we are going to revolutionize the chords you have already learned so far.
A chord is not just a chord. Learn about the different beautiful voicings a chord can reveal.
||12 Strings to Worship
Lesson 13: 12 Strings to Worship
Introduction on the 12-String Guitar
Learn the differences in playing a 12-string vs. a 6-string guitar. Start mastering those 12-Strings Now!
||A Songwriter in everyones Heart
Tips on How to Write and Compose Your Own Song
Based on the experiences of the AMI Band, you will learn how to write your own song in no time.