10 Easy Christian Worship Songs For Beginners
Many worship songs are very easy to learn on guitar for beginners. This is because chord progressions are usually simple, and you can easily improvise when you want to.
As you will see, most of the worship songs below can only be played with 3 or 4 chords, which makes them perfect for beginners.
- 1. Amazing Grace – Judy Collins
- 2. 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) – Matt Redman
- 3. Come, Now Is the Time To Worship – Brian Doerksen
- 4. You Are My King (Amazing Love) – Hillsong Worship
- 5. Everlasting God – Lincoln Brewster
- 6. Shout to the North – Delirious?
- 7. Cornerstone – Hillsong Worship
- 8. Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus – George Duffield Jr.
- 9. The Heart of Worship – Matt Redman
- 10. Build My Life – Housefires
1. Amazing Grace – Judy Collins
“Amazing Grace” is perhaps the most recognizable Christian hymn ever written. As a beginner, you can easily learn the song in a few hours as you only use 3 chords: G, C, and D.
This is perfect since they are among the first guitar chords you are going to learn anyway when you take lessons. While few people can sing the vocals as well as Judy Collins, the guitar part is fairly simple!
2. 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) – Matt Redman
Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin wrote the song and released it for Redman’s album in 2011. This makes it a rather new worship song but one that was very successful, with 16 top 1 rankings on the weekly US Christian Songs list.
2 Grammy Awards later, and the song became a staple among worship tracks. “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” was inspired by Psalm 103 and was based on “Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven”—a nineteenth-century hymn by Henry Francis Lyte.
Playing the song on guitar involves just 4 chords. The progression is C, G, D, Em. You can practice for around 2-3 hours, and you will be able to master it even if you are a beginner.
3. Come, Now Is the Time To Worship – Brian Doerksen
Brian Doerksen had a career filled with success and profound loss. “Come, Now Is the Time To Worship” was written in 1998 and was organized around a very simple four-chord progression. The fifth chord only appears during the chorus. It is this simplicity that made the song one of the most iconic worship songs of the later part of the 1990s. The original live 1998 recording featured vocals from Wendy Whitehead.
As a beginner guitar player, the 4 chords are simple, and the progression is very easy to learn. Master this, then practice the addition of the fifth chord, and you are done.
4. You Are My King (Amazing Love) – Hillsong Worship
“You Are My King” is the most popular song from the Amazing Love album, which is a part of the Hillsong Worship Series. These albums include several worship songs curated by Hillsong Church. Amazing Love was released in 2002.
If you want to play “You Are My King” on guitar, you only have to go through a simple chord progression. The tutorial video above features the actual version of the song, with strumming, but if it is too complicated for you, there are several simplified versions available you can start with.
5. Everlasting God – Lincoln Brewster
“Everlasting God” was originally written by Brenton Brown and was featured on his debut solo album. But it is Lincoln Brewster’s version that became more popular and that you can easily play on the guitar as a beginner. An acoustic or an electric guitar can be used.
The worship song features the chords that you expect in such a track: G, C, Em, and D. These four are all you need to master “Everlasting God,” which makes it a very simple beginner-level practice song.
You do not have to switch chords fast when you play the chorus. The only fast switch appears in the last 2 lines of the verse sections, but even then the transition is not difficult to master for beginners.
6. Shout to the North – Delirious?
Delirious? was a contemporary English Christian band that enjoyed some success. “Shout to the North” first appeared on the 1995 album titled Cutting Edge 3 and Fore. It is definitely not as popular as other worship songs by the band, but it is perfect for guitar beginners.
The chords you need to use are G, C, D, Em, and Dsus. As you can see, you only have to learn an extra suspended chord, so it is recommended to learn “Shout to the North” later down the road as a beginner, maybe as a second or third song.
7. Cornerstone – Hillsong Worship
“Cornerstone” is a very popular classic worship hymn. Hillsong Live updated it, and the new version is very easy to be picked up by guitar beginners. The song was included on the album with the exact same name, which marked the group’s 21st album.
When you are new to Christian music playing or even to playing songs in general, you can try this song because it is very easy to master. Its chord progression will be familiar for new students—C, F, Am, G. After mastering the progression, strumming patterns can be incorporated.
8. Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus – George Duffield Jr.
George Duffield Jr.’s “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus” was written in 1858. It was based on words said on the deathbed of Dudley Atkins Tyng, who was a close friend of his. The actual hymn was the work of George James Webb, with a lesser-used version being composed by Adam Geibel.
If you decide to learn how to play this worship song, all you need to learn is the succession of A, D, and E. Optionally, you can include Esus.
9. The Heart of Worship – Matt Redman
“The Heart of Worship” was released in 1999 in the US and 1998 in the UK. It was composed by English Christian singer-songwriter, author, and worship leader Matt Redman, who released a total of 16 albums.
The hymn is a perfect beginner guitar song to learn because it only uses 4 simple chords played in different successions.
To play the verse, you play D, A, G, and repeat. To play the chorus, you play Em, D, A, and repeat. You just have to make a switch between 3 chords and after you master them, you can experiment with other more complex versions.
10. Build My Life – Housefires
“Build My Life” is a contemporary worship song by Atlanta-based American band Housefires. It was included in their Housefires III album, which was released in 2016.
The reason why this song is on the list is that the most difficult part is the chorus and its progression is C, AM, G, and Em. For the verses, all you have to do is alternate between two chords—G and C.
You can do this at your own pace and easily master the succession in a couple of hours. Advanced strumming is not needed but you can eventually include it if so desired.
Worship songs are usually easily picked up by beginner guitar players. As you can see, those highlighted include very simple chord progressions and a low amount of practice is needed.
Several other songs can be mentioned and you can easily find more tutorials to help you practice literally all chords. Start with the simplest ones like “Build My Life,” then, choose another one that includes roughly around the same chords. You will quickly be able to pick up several easy songs.