August 6, 2008

A Great Lesson From Abe Laboriel Sr.

By David Lopez


Here is an important yet simple concept by legendary bassist Abe Laboriel Sr.

This is from the Purpose Driven Worship Conference 08.

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August 4, 2008

About The Interviews

By David Lopez

For the interviews on the website, I ask the following questions dealing with Skill, Service, and Significance;

How and when did you start playing the guitar?

How and when did you begin serving the Lord with your playing?

How do you feel that what you do is significant?

For Worship Leader’s, I ask the additional question;

“What do you expect from the other guitarists who play with you?”

I hope that sheds some light into the interviews since you never hear me ask the questions. The variety of answers given from the same questions have proven to be very insightful.

I hope you have enjoyed the interviews! More are on the way!

Please let me know which interview inspired you the most.

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May 26, 2008

Getting Along With Each Other

By David Lopez

Last week at a pastor’s conference, I had the honor and privilege to play along side guitarist Steve Marcia (MercyMe, Shane & Shane, Phil Wickham, Tommy Walker, Vicky Beeching, Evan Wickham, The Kry, Adam Watts, and Jadon Lavik, to name a few).

While at lunch, Steve and I discussed the “attitude” that sometimes arises when two guitarists share the same stage.

Sadly, either we have been a recipient of the “attitude”, or we have been the ones to dish it out.

After embarking on a full time music career, I quickly realized that I was due for an attitude adjustment in the area of working with people.  I picked up and read a copy of Dale Carngie’s bestseller, How To Win Friends & Influence People.

The first principle I learned from this book is that one’s technical knowledge and ability plays a very small part in achieving a successful career.

Of course the “chops” have to exist, but again, they are only a small part of the equation.

The book goes on to state that the ability to work with other people is a person’s most valuable asset.  It also goes on to say, if you do not develop the ability to work with others, a “lonely road” awaits you.

Proverbs 18:24 (NKJ) says, “A man who has friends must himself be friendly…”

So, if you want a successful music career, start off on the right foot and just be friendly.

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May 5, 2008

The Vox AC30

By David Lopez

For the past month, I have had the opportunity to use the Vox AC30 extensively.

Being an LA-R&B-Gospel player most of my life, I can’t say that I’ve had many requests for the type of sound that an AC30 delivers.

My church recently purchased an AC 30 to fulfill backline requests for visiting bands and, it was also the main amp at a church I was playing at this week in Atlanta.

Here are some personal discoveries that I have made about this legendary amplifier.

While tweaking the amp, I never really locked in to a sound that I preferred.  Although, I did find a sound that was workable.

When the band started playing, the strangest thing happened; the amp sounded great.

When the band stopped and I played by myself, the sound went back to workable.

This amp seems to sonically fill in the cracks that the other instruments do not occupy.  It stays out of the way of everything.

The amp has a huge midrange footprint that can’t be denied.

The lightbulb finally went on.  I think some more trips to Nashville are in order.

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April 18, 2008

Bruce Adolph

By David Lopez

Bruce Adolph is the President and Editor of, a magazine and website dedicated to improving the musicianship of church musicians and aspiring Christian artists. 

To many of us who lived in the Southern California’s South Bay area during the 80’s, Bruce was the manager of The Carpenter Music Store.  The Carpenter was a safe & sane music store where you could get great gear and purchase the latest Christian music.

He frequently scheduled clinics and workshops that featured many of Christian music’s top players. 

In the summer of 85, while on break from U.C. Irvine, I dropped by The Carpenter to purchase the new Boss Digital Delay pedal.  As I walked into the store, Bruce immediately took notice of my new “Reebok” t-shirt (Hey, it was the 80’s). 

As Bruce and I were trying to determine a purchase price for the pedal, we became bogged down over a $20 price difference.  Being the consummate business man,

Bruce breaks the stalemate by saying “Give me the t-shirt and I’ll sell you the pedal at your price.”  Bruce was kind enough to provide me with another shirt to wear home. 

All in all, The Carpenter was a great place to buy gear, buy music, and basically just hang out.  Thank you Bruce for all your hard work at The Carpenter.  It was truly an integral part of my musical upbringing.

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April 18, 2008

Always Look Over The Music!

By David Lopez


This example is the third page of a chart I was given at an early morning bible study.  During the first read through, I noticed that the notes in the seventh measure sounded very odd when I played them.

The fact that it was very early in the morning and that I was wearing a new pair of glasses was no excuse for totally missing the bass clef at the top of the page.  Remember to always look over the music.

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April 16, 2008

A Mandate

By David Lopez



In October of 2004, I began what was to be the first of many worship guitar duties at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest CA.  After arriving at Saddleback’s Worship Center to play for a Saturday evening service,  I went to my designated spot on stage and began to set up my gear.

At some point, I paused from setting up and just began staring out at the empty seats.  While thinking that I should probably begin praying for the service, I soon realized that God just wanted me to stand there, be still, and take in the moment. 

While still gazing at the empty seats,  the word “Responsibility” slowly began to resonate in my being.  The graphic above is a pretty accurate representation of the mental picture I had that afternoon. 

After having this incredible “God” moment, I walked away with more questions than answers.  What was I supposed to be responsible for?  (Getting the notes right, preparing for each service, maintaining a Godly home-life)

Even after four years of trying to unpack this moment, this mental image continually arises and seems to point to areas in my life that I need to be responsible for.

Initially, the one thing I did walk away with was a tremendous sense of value that God has placed on the office of a Worship Guitarist.

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