Ideas for
Worship
Leaders
WHAT PURPOSE DO INSTRUMENTS PLAY IN
WORSHIP?

Piano (keyboard)

The piano has a multiple function in worship. It gives pitch,
harmonic structure, and rhythm to songs. It is considered
a lead instrument and essential to the basic strength of a
song. Along with the other pitched instruments, it assists
in making key changes.

Guitar

The guitar can do much the same as the piano. As a lead
instrument (often used by a worship leader), it sets pitch,
harmonic structure, and rhythm to songs. As a supportive
instrument, it brings colour to the song. Along with the
other instruments, it introduces songs and makes it
possible to
medley songs together.

Bass

The bass sets and maintains the tempo of the song. Along
with the kick (bass drum), it keeps singing consistent. It
also gives definition to the chord structure of a song. Even
though the guitar and the piano have a bass part to them,
it is only the bass guitar that gives an auditory foundation
to music. The sound system equalizes the instruments for
their function so the bass is designed to anchor the chord
of the music.

Synth. (keyboard)

The synth. is a supportive instrument that brings multiple
colours to a song. As the guitar may bring colour to a song
as a supportive instrument, the synth. can do much more.
It can be many instruments. It gives smooth support as a
string section for a slower song. It gives a bold support as
a brass section for a faster song. It adds to the song as a
flute or most other instruments would do. The synth.,
along with the piano and guitar, will support vocal (non
singing) expressions of worship or the prophetic song.

Drums

The drums, as stated before, keep the tempo of the song
consistent. Along with the lead instrument, it sets the
rhythm pattern for the song. All parts to the drums have
distinct functions. We have already spoken about the
purpose of the bass drum. The cymbals are like
punctuation marks. The toms lead from one point of the
song to another by fills. The snare, the bass drum and the
hi-hat interact to keep the tempo consistent.

Remember:

Each instrument used in worship plays an integral part in
the
corporate expression of worship. In small groups some
of these instruments may not be required. But for worship
services, without each instrument, there would be holes
that can weaken the strength of the worship team to lead.   
          
                                 
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