I keep getting asked to play guitar for the 9am service that we have started to go to. I am not a great guitarist; in fact I am a barely competent one.

‘Contemporary worship’ is not really my bag (in fact I think ‘worship’ is one of those words that is best without an adjective preceding it), but I go, I take part because it is local and we know we have been loved much.

One of the great things about the type of music played is that it can be simplified for one such as me: open tuning and mainly 3 fingered chords. However, today I have no option but to use B Minor on several occasions and then leap back into non Barre chords; sometimes whilst fingerpicking.

I am immediately out of my comfort zone. It would have been easy to say ‘no’ but it was too late and I didn’t have time to simplify the changes.

On every other level, however, it is really helpful- in church you are supposed to be ready to go that bit further and go to the edge of your comfort zone, rather than sit there mired in familiar comfort.. Far easier to have that reminder in such a little thing as (for me) complex chords….

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