Time to dive in.

Welcome to Worship Artistry!  You are joining thousands of musicians at all different skill levels who are dedicating their talents to serving the One who blessed them with their gifts.  We want you to get the most out of your experience here so we’ve created this page to launch you into the Worship Artistry community.  Start off with this short tutorial vid and then jump in!


Want to sound like the recording?  We can help you with that.

We get it.  You want to create music that matches the fullness and energy you hear on your favorite worship recordings, but your church doesn’t have a worship team with 30 people on it.  No problem.  All our arrangements are designed with a five-piece band in mind.  There’s no need to sift through twenty different guitar tracks to pick out the most important parts or piece together drum grooves and loop beats.  We’ve spent hours on every song distilling all the main lead parts into one so you can sound as close to the record as possible.  Don’t have a full band?  No problem.  Our acoustic and keyboard lessons all feature a chapter on leading the song on your own so you aren’t out of luck if one of your musicians can’t make it.

Become an actual musician

There are plenty of tools out there that promise to take all the effort out of playing music.  We’re not interested in doing that.  We are teachers that are personally invested in you growing into your gifts.  To that end, we’re here to arrange music for you and teach it in the most understandable way possible.  It’s your job to take if from there but if you do, there is no way you won’t be a better musician in 6 months than you are today.  

Take it from our members

"I just wanted to say thanks.  When I first joined, you were providing me with the necessary tools to help provide effect worship at our church.  You have help me fill in a lot of the gaps, that I would have normally turned to youtube for and struggled to get  it right.  You have have been such a blessing to me and I just wanted to say thanks."

You guys have done a great job so far and I can only see this website getting better. You guys have helped me become a better musician and I wanted to thank you guys, so thank you so much for everything!

"I have practiced 90 minutes a day for years, stuck in the same groove. This past year working on the Worship Artistry site, my playing has improved more than I could have dreamed."

"It's great to have a one stop shop to learn praise and worship tunes. Before, we had to search through youtube tutorials to find the best ones that sounded like the original version of whatever we were playing that week, but now we are using your website almost exclusively."

"Thanks for all your hard work, the lessons are amazing and my worship leader has taken notice. This past Sunday he admitted to turning me up on his ears."

"I'm very thankful that you spend so much time to prepare all this lessons. They are really helpful especially for beginners. I play on guitar for over 4 years but I do also learned some new things for example about effects and tone. I thank God that you do this and I will recommend it in polish churches."

"Well, it's an exciting week for me. I was asked to play the electric guitar for the first time in church. I'm studying the 5 songs now.
I wanted to thank you because it's mostly due to your site that I feel confident enough to start. Your lessons are so well done and broken down into sections for easy digestion that I bought myself an electric guitar and pedalboard."


Enough about us.  Where should YOU start?

Even if you are a seasoned player I recommend checking out the 101 section and have a run through a few lessons to brush up.  You’d be shocked at how many players write to tell me how much they get out of freshening up on the basics.  After that it’s up to you.  Collections are a great way to focus on specific skills.  With collections like Easy Pickin's, Endless Strummer, Riffing Through The Reverb and Bend It Like Brewster you should have no problem finding songs that match your skillset and push you further.

Dive Into Some Of Our Most Popular Lessons


Tempo: Medium

Song Key: C

Street Called Mercy

Artist: Hillsong United

Tons of lead work and a simple acoustic strumming part.

We need to imitate programmed drums for this tune. No worries though, I'll show you some tricks!

Pulsing groove but simple once you get it.

Easy chords... challenging tones!


Tempo: Up

Song Key: A

Shout Hosanna

Artist: Kristian Stanfill

This one really growls. Dial that overdrive.

This tune is based around 4 on the floor and our snare drum.

Be sure to watch the tone section to dial in the overdrive.

Easy chord changes with a cool, syncopated riff on the bridge.


Tempo: Up

Song Key: G

Made Alive

Artist: Citizens and Saints

Get hooked by the keyboard (which you'll learn on guitar) and stay for the solid lyrics. Great tune!

Killer grooves!! Ton of fun to play!

Amazing groove to learn.

Easy synth tune with a great keyboard hook!


Tempo: Medium

Song Key: B♭

No Longer Slaves

Artist: Bethel Music

Love the low end groove on this tune.

Fun grooves and lots of toms in this one!!

Some fun slides and riffs towards the end.

Easy chords and a nice melody.


We are a community

Every community has its own culture and the Green Room is a great place to get to know ours.  It’s filled with playing tips to expand your skills, reviews on the latest gear, ideas for your worship sets and even some humor to put a smile on your face.  Be sure to jump in the comment threads and add your voice to the conversation.  Here are a few posts to get you started.

Truth In Humor

The Incredible Truth I Learned From My Most Embarrassing Moment

Sometimes the truth hurts.

The first time I was asked (coaxed) into singing at church was over 10 years ago.  I had been taking vocal lessons from the worship pastor and he liked a particular song I had written.  When he asked me to sing it during offering for the evening service, I was hesitant but he assured me I was ready.  I practiced like crazy and by the time I got up in front of those 400 people I had done everything in my power to assure success.  From the very first word, things went horribly wrong...

A Few Quick Guitar Tips

Riffing For The Weekend

Fix Your Chord Changes With This One Simple Tip

One Simple Trick To Spice Up Your Power Chords

3 Chord Shapes You Need To Be Using

Improvisation Ideas

Go From Good To Great With These Two Simple Tips

How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Key of Bb

How To Walk Between Your Chords

Ideas For Worship Pastors

Creating Moments In Worship

Give your congregation a helping hand

What separates a good worship set from a great one?  You might be surprised by the answer

Worship Moment Maker

What exactly is an Ebenezer?

Worship moments can be created in any number of ways.  Here's a great way to give meaning and context to one of the great hymns.

3 Steps To A Worship Set That Engages Everyone

A Handy Infographic

Putting together a worship set can be a daunting task.  While methods change from week to week, it helps to have a roadmap to help you get started.  This is your road map.

Bring Your Best

More than anything, Worship Artistry is about walking with you on your musical journey.  Whether you are a total beginner who has never picked up an instrument, an intermediate musician who is trying to grow your skill or a seasoned musician who just wants to expand your song library and work on your arrangement skills, we are here to help your best become even better.  Welcome to Worship Artistry.  Feel free to introduce yourself or ask any questions in the comment section.

Jason Houtsma serves as Worship Pastor for Mosaic Church in Bellingham, WA, Husband to Alli, Father to Bjorn and Asher, and guitar instructor for WorshipArtistry.com


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The whole Band?

You give advice for drums, bass , guitar, keyboard, vocals...but where is the solo instruments? many of us in the church have spent years learning our instruments yet you have no time or space for clarinets, flutes trumpets, violins, cello's etc etc. Shame on you! I hope you are aiming to address this.

Hi Floyd.

First of all, thank you for spending so much time practicing and working on your solo instrument and wanting to use it in worship. We absolutely encourage this and even have a podcast about it! You can listen to it here:


That being said, we specialize in creating tutorials that reproduce worship songs for a typical rock band setup. We feel this is the best way we can serve the church with the limited resources we (and often the church) have. While we love and encourage solo instruments they fall outside our scope of expertise. My comment about a full band was not meant to exclude anyone.

It sounds like we probably aren't going to be a resource that fits your needs but we bless you in your instrument and hope you continue to grow as you serve your church body. Thanks for checking us out.