Let’s start with a two very basic building blocks you will use as a guitar player, especially in a worship setting: “Alternate Picking” and a “Simple Major Scale Pattern.”
Alternate Picking – This is a relatively simple technique where you pick the string first with a “downstroke” and the next time with an “upstroke.” In other words, you basically pick down-up-down-up, etc. It gets a little tricky when you move from one string to another, but the basic idea is to keep the down-up-down-up thing going.
And now I’d like to show you a simple major scale pattern. One great thing about playing guitar is that we can often learn a particular pattern and just move it around as we need to. That way, we can be more efficient and have a good time faster.
For example, let’s start with a C major scale, in one octave. I’ll use tablature to lay this out, keeping it simple for now. Tablature is a notation system where each horizontal line represent a string and the numbers on the lines represent which fret to press the string down. The horizontal line at the top is the first string (an E, in standard tuning) and the horizontal line at the bottom is the sixth string (also an E, in standard tuning).
Once you get the hang of playing this scale as written, try reversing the direction, like this:
That’s a good start. Practice those about 10 minutes each, every day, for the first week and you’ll be way ahead of the game in no time. If you need a quick “demo” on how to do either of these, let me know and I’ll send you one on IG.