Free beginning worship guitar lesson

Here’s a free lesson from Musicademy’s Beginning Worship Guitar Course which is available both on DVD or as downloads. This is quite an early lesson in the course and teaches the chords Cadd9, G and Em7  and how to use these in sequence. The lesson also covers using a pick, bars and counting.

This is quite an unusual approach to guitar teaching in that we teach a very different sequence of chords to the more traditional bedrock chords of Em, G, C, D, A, Am etc. Here’s an article explaining the development of the approach.

The first part shows how to use the chord Cadd9 (it assumes you have watched the lesson teaching G and Em7).

Combine all three chords G, Em7 and Cadd9 in sequence


In the full Beginning Worship Guitar course:

By following this 19 part, 10 hour course you will learn:

  • 35 essential acoustic guitar chords
  • 15 essential strumming patterns
  • Power chords, slash chords & easy ‘cheat’ chords
  • Finger picking patterns – Play in 4/4, 3/4 and 6/8 time
  • Play in any key using a capo
  • Play any song in 3 capo positions
  • Understanding chord charts
  • Transpose complex keys into guitar-friendly keys
  • Tuning, pick and strumming technique
  • Damping strings, learn the notes on the neck

And learn 10 worship songs:

  • A New Hallelujah – Michael W Smith
  • Praise is Rising (Hosanna) – Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown
  • Our God – Matt Redman
  • Your Grace is Enough – Matt Mayer
  • Beautiful One – Tim Hughes
  • How He Loves – David Crowder
  • My Soul Sings – Delirious?
  • Open Eyes of My Heart – Paul Baloche
  • Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) – Chris Tomlin
  • Indescribable – Chris Tomlin, Laura Story

The program includes 10 hours of lessons, practice tracks and tests on 19 downloads.


Buy all 19 Beginning Guitar lessons as downloads and a 25% discount will be applied at the checkout.

Optional extras

Also available (as a download only) are four extensive practical workbooks. These are designed as optional extras and will help you maximise your learning as well as giving you the main course notes contained on the DVDs in hard copy written format. Each of the four workbooks contains 10 new songs for you to learn alongside the techniques and chords you learn as part of the DVD lessons. For each song we give you a chord chart, a strumming pattern and notes to guide you. The workbooks also contain tests and further exercises other than those on the DVDs.

4 Training Track backing track albums  (MP3 download) featuring the 10 worship songs learnt in the Guitar Workbook Songbooks.

  • Two versions of each song – one at full speed for leading worship and a slowed down version for practice. Both include three split track mixes:
  • Left “”stripped down”” mix for learning (vocals and guitar only)
  • Centre “”full band”” mix for practising (includes click and vocal cue)
  • Right “”worship leading”” mix (band minus lead vocals, acoustic, click, cue)

Whilst these are designed to accompany the Musicademy Beginning Worship Guitar DVDs Workbook Songbooks (which include chord charts and strumming patterns to each of the songs) they are also useful as backing tracks for leading worship and guitar practice.

Training Tracks

1. Learn the part
2. Practise with the band
3. Lead worship with the backing track

For every song you get two versions. One at a slowed down pace designed to help you practice the chords to and a split track version at regular speed.

Why  do I need to pay for these extras?

We’ve chosen to offer these as optional extras in order to keep the base price of the lessons affordable. The training tracks and workbooks are, however, really helpful teaching and learning aides and we strongly recommend you purchase them to accompany the downloads. Check out the customer reviews for the training tracks and workbooks to see how well other customers rate them.