Best way to use a Banjo in worship

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    Tim Stocker
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    What do you think the best way to incorporate a banjo into worship is? I play banjo but haven’t had the opportunity to use it in worship yet. I feel like it could had a subtle bluegrass feel to a song but you obviously don’t want it overpowering other instruments. Just curious to see other peoples opinions.

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    todd.landis
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    no specific ideas here, other than to say go for it and see what works and sounds good. I have found the mandolin adds just a bit of seasoning to some songs, the banjo might have a very good effect as well.

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    dylan mckeeman
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    Tim,
    Welcome to the group. I play banjo in worship every once in a while. Since I lead I only use it every so often. I have had the opportunity to play through whole sets at conferences when I’m not leading. I think of the banjo as a percussion instrument. I try and really lock in with the drummer when I create my right hand rolls (arpeggios). I almost never let loose in Scruggs style picking. I really try to stay subtle and in the rhythm pocket. Another great way to enhance certain parts of a song is to “pinch” chords in transitions between verses and choruses or the bridge of a song. You can also us the “pinch” method when a song gets quiet and sweet. You just really need to be on the beat. Being early or late can make you stand out like, well, a banjo in worship.

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    dylan mckeeman
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    Tim,
    How’s it going with the banjo in worship? I played mine this past weekend on a song called “How Great” from the Glory Revealed II album. Here’s a link to a youtube clip of it. A great song for banjo in worship!!!

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    Anonymous

    Looking for more songs with Banjo. We just used “King of Heaven ” by Paul Baloche this morning and it was great. Hoping to find a few more outlets to let my rhythm guitarist stretch his Banjo chops. Our congregation loved it!

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    dylan mckeeman
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    Another great worship/banjo tune. “You Have Won Me” from Bethel Music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HuQC1pu0w8

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