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Greetings in the Name of God and of Jesus Christ, His Son.
I won't be using any musical examples in this lesson, just
principles found in the Scriptures that are guaranteed to improve
your plaing immediately, if you will only have a little faith in
the Word of God.
The Apostle Paul wrote, "What we are in our writings, we will be
with you when we are present with you." See, here is a secret for
you to learn in any discipline you pursue: What you write down
becomes a part of what is in your heart and soul. It becomes part
of your personal ethic structure, regardless of what faith you
practice, be it Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Confucianism, or
Hinduism, or anything else, even Communism. It becomes like the
law of your heart and mind.
The foundation for this lesson is Psalm 150. Here it is:
PS 150:1 Praise the LORD.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
PS 150:2 Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
PS 150:3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
PS 150:4 praise him with tambourine and dancing,
praise him with the strings and flute,
PS 150:5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
PS 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD.
Now, first things first. What I want you to do is first get some
paper and any sort of writing instrument (pencil, pen of any
sort) and write down this Psalm word for word. Then, afetr having
done this, simply read it aloud. The reason I want you to read it
aloud is as follows. In the Proverbs of Solomon, King of Israel,
there is a maxim that goes, "By the fruit of his lips is a man
filled with good things, as surely as the work of his hands
rewards him." Just take a step of faith in these words, and you
will see drastic changes in your musical ability, if only you
will believe in the Word of God. The reason Psalm 150 is so
effective for the musician is this: In the writnings of the
Prophet Isaiah, it is written, "I, the LORD, inhabit My praise."
That means God dwells and lives in His praise. God is the source
of all beauty, goodness, virtue/virtuosity, truth and all
blessedness. If you will just take a step of faith in His Word, I
promise you that you will find yourself playing things you never
thought you could do before, regardless of style or genre: Blues,
Jazz, Heavy Metal, Rock, Pop, classical, Folk, Bluegrass, Country
or whatever. Those are just forms of western music. Remember that
Steve Vai said on the liner notes of his first album, Flex-Able,
"In alliance with God, anything is possible."
Well that is my first lesson here on WholeNotes. I hope you give
this a try and just have a little faith in the Word of God.
I know that I said that these things will work for anyone of any
faith, but as a Christian I must tell you that Jesus Christ is
the only way to God the Father, because He was crucified for our
sins, and in this His precious holy and true blood was shed for
the expiation and remission of sins. He is the Narrow Door
through which all men must enter in order to enter into God's
Kingdom. Repent and believe upon Him and His Name, the Only Name
under Heaven by which a man may be saved.
May all grace, peace, truth and all prosperity abound to you all
from the Hand of God, in the Name of our Lord Jesus christ of
Galilee. God bless us Everyone!