Saturday, August 16, 2014

Worship God Today- Saved

Worship God Today

Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

When man fell in the garden through disobedience, a great chasm opened up that separated us from God.  Because we had disobeyed, we no longer could be connected to God because of sin.  On our own, not one of us can be “good enough” to work our way back to God on our own merit.  God is a god of perfect justice.  Someone has to pay the penalty for our sin.  There were two options.  The first is that we would be separated from God forever because of sin.  Or, God could take the penalty himself and be a sacrifice bearing the brunt of punishment for our own sins.

I worship my savior Jesus today because he being God, took the form of a man, humbling himself to the point of death, even death on the cross.  Jesus took our penalty.  All that he asks from us in return is the free gift of salvation through faith in him.  I ask you today, have you placed your faith in Christ?  We all must answer the question of Christ.  We either accept him and place our faith in him, or we reject him resulting in eternal separation.   I know my sins and I know that I am not worthy to be saved by the creator of the universe, yet by grace, I am.  Worship him today because he has redeemed you of your sins and if you have placed your faith in Christ, you will be in “paradise” with him when you pass from this life.  

Acts 2:21
And everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Worship God Today

And God said, let there be light, and there was light!
Often it is easy to take things for granted.  If you are like me, you wake up every day and fully expect the sun to rise and provide light to our world.  But remember, the sun was not always there.  In the beginning God’s spirit hovered over the waters and darkness was over the surface of the deep.  God decided to create, and create he did!  I want to encourage you today to Worship our Heavenly Father for his unsurpassing and immeasurable power and ability to create something out of nothing at the mere mention of the words, “Let there be light!”  His power is immense!  It is too substantial to try to articulate with words. Despite that power, he cares so much for you and me.  He says in Psalm 103 that from everlasting to everlasting is the Lord’s love for those who fear him. 

Genesis 1:3
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

Psalm 103 verse 17

But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

I just wanted to share a very powerful song by Lincoln Brewster who in my opinion is an extremely talented guitarist!  Have a great day everyone!


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Live Performance Blunders

Think trained musicians never make big mistakes on stage?  Think again.  No matter how trained or how polished, we are all still human and prone to mistakes.  National acts make them so don't be discouraged when you and I make them as well.  Here are a few examples.

This summer I was at an event where the front man for a national act started a song in the wrong key.  He was using a capo and had it on the wrong fret.   You could see the drummer trying to get his attention.  He stopped playing, told the audience he was just too excited and started the song in the wrong key.  He found the right key and started over.  The audience thought nothing of it.

Recently I was playing a show and started a song that I have literally played hundreds of times, a 4th higher than normal.  What that meant was I had to sing it a fourth higher.  Let me tell you, it was a stretch.  My reaction was to keep on going instead of stopping and fixing it.  I paid for it for sure.

During my senior recital in college we began a song that was well rehearsed and for the life of me, I could not remember the first line of the song.  We basically just vamped over one chord while I sweated it out and went over and asked my then girlfriend (now wife) what the line was.  She remembered and away we went.

I say these things for a couple of reasons.  One to encourage all you musicians.  Don't fret about mistakes.  They happen all the time.  No performance is absolutely perfect.  The other reason is to highlight how to recover.  You can stop the song, make some sort of joke about it and get it right the second time.  You can also bear out the consequences of a wrong key, but you'll have to be comfortable with the vocal range.  Or if you have forgotten the words to a song, you can turn the vamp into a musical interlude and go rock a guitar solo.  Lastly, you could just make up some words, but if it's a well known song you might get some strange looks from the audience...

Have a great day everyone! 

Happy playing!


Monday, August 27, 2012

A Worship Leader's Journal

Each Sunday, I lead worship at my church, Faith Family Worship Center, in Denver, Colorado.  In our worship band we sing contemporary songs from artists like Hillsong, Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns etc.  I wanted to just share a little about yesterday.

I had some good intentions yesterday to try to create a separate monitor split to help the sound on stage in an effort to clear it up and hopefully reduce stage volume a little bit.  Right now we run two splits but three would be ideal for our set up.  Unfortunately in our limited amount of time, we just couldn't get it right.  It was an hour of running back and forth from the amps powering the speakers on stage to the board out in the house.  After trying a number of things, I finally said with one minute to spare to wire everything back to how we did it before.  We then jumped on stage and went at it.

I have to tell you, with all the craziness of the morning, God still showed up and in a powerful way.  Worship was fantastic and I really felt the presence of God.  One of my favorite songs that we played yesterday was Better is One Day.  I just love that song!  I've posted a link of that song below.  Take a listen if you get a chance.

We'll try to get the monitor split right next week.

Have a great day everyone!

James 5:13
Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Country and Blues Guitar - Surround the Major 3rd

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One of my favorite licks to use when improvising over a country, major blues or old gospel song is what I call surrounding the major 3rd. Essentially what I mean by this is to play the major fourth and minor third right before you resolve the lick by landing on the major 3rd. Let's say you were playing a country tune in the key of A. To use this trick you would play the notes D (4), C (min 3rd) and then C# (maj 3rd) in rapid succession. Quite often you would fully resolve the lick by landing on the A (1).  Your rhythm might be to play the 4th on the "and" of 4, the minor 3rd on the "ah" of 4 and the Major 3rd on the 1 of the next bar.

I know this is a real quick and seemingly simple lick, but it is used quite often in more complicated licks. If you are comfortable improvising in a major or minor penatonic scale, try using this and you will be surprised to see that this adds a little extra flavor and will turn some heads.

 Happy playing all!


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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Local Musicians Band Together to Fight Cancer

Just last week (Aug 2012) local musicians in Missoula, Montana gathered together for MarcusFest; a fundraising event where the proceeds benefit the fight against cancer.

Marcusfest is named after it's namesake, Mark Hart or Marcus to all those who knew him.  Marcus died this past January of cancer and his loss was felt by many.  Marcus was a very talented musician, most notably on the bass guitar and played in several touring bands but always had his roots planted in Montana.  Marcus was also my uncle.  Let me share just a little about my Uncle Marcus.

To me, Marcus was a way cool uncle.  I mean come on, he played in a band!  One of my earliest memories where music was involved was because of Marcus.  There was this band playing in town called Final Exam.  I thought they were awesome and even had their cassette.  Yep, it was a while ago.  Anyway, Marcus knew the guys in the band and later played with the front-man and he set it up so I could go meet them and hang out with them.  I got to go down the the club, check out the stage and then go have lunch with the guys in the band.  I thought they were so cool.  I mean, it was like noon and they just got up.  How much cooler could you get!  (I was like 8)  Anyway, Marcus had a major impact on my life as a musician and certainly inspired me to continue to improve and make my way as a guitarist.

Over the years growing up I had many opportunities to play with Marcus.  Both in my dad's band, The Hightops, as well as sitting in with him in his band.  I will always picture Marcus playing bass standing on one leg.  He always did that for some reason.

Last week so many musicians came down for MarcusFest to contribute either by playing a set or two, or by just their good will and generosity.  My Dad's band, The Mick Hart Band, played there and he said it was like a musician's reunion.  The front-man from Final Exam I mentioned earlier and one of Marcus' best friends, Chris Hiatt, flew in from Florida and drew a nice crowd.  All contributions go to the Mark Allen Hart Foundation and proceeds this year were given to a local man who has been diagnosed with cancer.

I think it is awesome how we can come together as a community to fight such a terrible disease like cancer that takes too many way too soon, like my uncle.

Thanks to all you musicians out there who use your talents to make people smile, laugh and bring people together.  You all rock!

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Marcus FEST