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Gospel music is a spiritual musical genre. Some instruments used in gospel are the tambourine, organ, piano, drums and bass guitar.
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The voice of the Black gospel preacher was affected by Black secular performers and vice versa. Taking the scriptural direction “Let everything that breathes praise the Lord” (Psalm 150), Pentecostal churches welcomed tambourines, pianos, organs, banjos, guitars, other stringed instruments, and some brass into their services.
Most soul music consists of electric bass, drums, electric guitar, keyboards and a brass section. Style Soul music manages to sound loose while still remaining tight and rhythmically precise.
Gospel music is composed and performed for many purposes, including aesthetic pleasure, religious or ceremonial purposes, and as an entertainment product for the marketplace. Gospel music usually has dominant vocals (often with strong use of harmony) with Christian lyrics. Gospel music can be traced to the early 17th century.
The book of Psalms especially presents many references to the use of musical instruments in praising God (Psalm 150: 1-5; 49:4; Psalm 57:7; 81:1,2; Psalm 98:1-7). In the OT, the Bible specified three types of instruments to be used inside the Sanctuary by the Levites. These are: harp, lyre [or stringed instrument], and the cymbal (2 Chronicles 29:25; also 1 Chronicles 25:1).
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This well-known type of music is used widely in church services. This style is dedicated to beautifully arranged musical themes and lyrics that help us focus on God as we sing to Him. Most praise music today uses drums, electric guitars and acoustic guitars with some piano too. This style is widely accepted by Christians abroad. Some of the artists you may sing songs of in church include: Chris Tomlin,Matt Redman, The David Crowder Band and Michael Gungor. These are just a handful of the many talented artists that have impacted the kingdom with praise/worship music.
Gospel music has really upbeat tempos or very somber, “soulful” tempos. It is full of piano, organ, drums and vocal harmonies. There is much to appreciate in this style for it is sung with such admiration to our Father. I have been to churches predominantly attended by African Americans and I always love it! The gospel choirs make you smile for the joythat they radiate. You cannot attend a gospel choir without feeling that joy welling up inside of you. Some gospel artists include: Marvin Winans, Andrae Crouch, and Marvin Sapp.
Rap music is widely known for its emphasis on lyrical expression and rhymes with the use of synthesized sounds and bass. When coupled with the life of a Christian spreading the gospel, it is a wonderful genre of music. An artist that is worth looking at is Lecrae. His song “Don’t Waste Your Life” is an honest one about living a genuine Christian life and not wasting the time we have here on meaningless stuff. When you watch the video for this song (In The Upper Right Corner of this page), you can see how authentic for Christ he is and how talented he is too. This is why I have chosen this lyric video on this article. It also features UK’s Dwayne Tryumf in the song.
Christian pop music is heard all over Christian radio today. It features a wide array of instruments including: synthesizers, piano, drums, drum machines, bass, violin, guitar and many others. Most songsare very catchy and have upbeat tempos to draw you in. Some artists worth checking out are Britt Nicole, Rachel Chan, Tenth Avenue North, Brandon Heath, Matthew West and Sanctus Real.
Blues music is well known but not as well known in Christian music. Blues music doesn’t change a whole lot and you can always tell when you hear it. Songs are always very upbeat or very slow and sorrowful sounding. Blues music uses mostly drums, elec. Guitar, acoustic guitar, harmonica and vocals. Blues music incorporates the “12 bar blues” in many songs. One band that I must mention is “The Rex Carroll Band”. Rex Carroll made his debut through a band called “Whitecross” back in the 80’s. There he established his unmatched guitar playing. After “Whitecross”, he formed “The Rex Carroll Band” where he really brought the blues into Christian music. An artist of old is Rev. Dan Smith. He is a gospel blues artist that started in the early 60’s. He was one of those “tell you how it is” guys, and he does just that in his music.
This is by far my favorite genre. Christian metal is one of the bigger influences in junior highers and high schoolers of the church today. The music is very heavy and incorporates mostly elec. guitar, drums, bass and vocals. There are many kinds of metal, but they all incorporate intense drumming and guitar solos, along with awesome heavy breakdowns in between. Kids want to see real Christians. When kids find out I love metal, they already share a bond with me. It is like bikers when they wave to each other. They have a bond over motorcycles. There are so many bands to choose from, but here are a few worth checking out: Living Sacrifice(1997-present), As I Lay dying, Becoming the Archetype, August Burns Red, and The Devil Wears Prada.
There are many genres of Christian music. I hope this article has helped you see the broad spectrum of Christian music out there. God is so good, and there are many talented musicians/bands out there to showcase the Father’s love in musical form. If you have any favorite artists or bands, please feel free to mention them. “Lift up your hands to the Holy place and bless the Lord!”(Psalm 134:2) Resources: Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®(ESV) www.youtube.com Lecrae song “Don’t Waste Your Life” Tagged as: Christian Music, gospel, Metal, praise, Rap, Types of Music
The New Law never endorses additional musical instruments, even though they were called for in the Old Law and readily available during the Roman Empire. Thus, we may use music and musical instruments in any capacity, except for weekly worship. I hope this helps the discussion.