You Asked For It – Why Can’t We Rock Out More?

Posted on: May 23rd, 2017 by Shari McCord

Why can’t we rock out more? How about a series on the influence of the Fender Stratocaster on biblical teaching?

Thank you for asking such a fun question! Worship can be any style, it is not limited to just one style. The beauty of the church is when all different people with their different styles, skills, and creativity are brought together to express their worship to The Lord. Just as it says in Psalm 150: 2-6:

Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness! Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn; praise him with the lyre and harp! Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes! Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals. Let everything that breathes sing praises to the LORD! Praise the LORD!

My heart for worship at The Well is to see this happen, to see people worship as they were created to worship. My goal is not to worship just like Hillsong, Elevation, or even Jesus Culture. I love encouraging our musicians and worship leaders to be themselves and bring their style and creativity to worship. This often includes their love for rock, rap, country, traditional, gospel and much more. As long as our focus is to point people to Jesus and worship Him alone, I welcome all styles.

As for the 2nd part of the question about the Fender… I’m pretty clueless on guitars. So I wanted to ask the amazing and talented guitar players that I have the privilege of worshiping with.

Walter Halliwell (plays a Fender Stratocaster, Gibson SG, Gibson Les Paul, Taylor, and Blueridge acoustic)
We rock out at the level that we feel is most appropriate in order to create a worshipful environment and avoid creating distracting entertainment. The Fender Strat is a great choice when finding good tones that sit in the mix well in order to achieve the environment we are trying to create. Add those sweet tones to a Strymon Big Sky and you instantly create a beautiful reverb environment for everyone to sit in and reflect, pray, or sing. Psalm 150 makes it clear that we are to worship with all instruments. The Fender Strat is absolutely just as important as the Fender Telecaster, Gibson Les Paul, Gretch, and even all the Strat Squires.

AJ Paredones (plays a Fender stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul)
In regards to stringed instruments and biblical teaching…maybe this verse will help!!
“And whenever the tormenting spirit from God troubled Saul, David would play the harp. Then Saul would feel better, and the tormenting spirit would go away.” 1 Samuel 16:23
I’ll always pick my fender stratocaster over my Gibson Les Paul because it has a bite to it. And I’ve had her for over 20 years. The Strat has a fuller more luscious sound to it.

Noah Bauch  (plays a Fender Telecaster and Epiphone Sheraton II)
I would say we could rock out more if we wanted to. And as far as the Strat goes, it’s the most iconic guitar in rock and roll, and it has given us a new, more energetic way to worship in modern churches. My Fender is a Telecaster, and it is one of my favorite guitars in the world. However, I actually prefer my Epiphone Sheraton II over my Telecaster specifically for church because it has such a clean tone.

Zeph Whitt  (plays a Fender Stratocaster and a Fender Thinline Telecaster)
Depends on the definition of that phrase. If “rock out more” means more soloing/jamming, the answer is that we are here to serve the pastor and congregation, so it must be done within the confines of the worship service. Then we have to think about the overall feel/vibe of the song and the melody; also, the chords that make up the song and what the other instruments are doing are things you also have to think about. Ideally, everything should support the main vocal melody and not detract from that. My favorite guitar to play is my Fender Strat because it is light, easy to play, and has a very distinctive “clear” voice.