I have played on a number of worship teams and led a few different ones as well. In my experience you tend to run into similar characters everywhere you go. For some reason you run into the same type of people wanting to play guitar at every church you go to. So here is a quick list (over-generalized and over-stereotyped for more comedic effect) of what to look for next time you are auditioning a new guitar player for your worship team.
The Modern Hippie – You’ll find this guitar player standing bare foot (no matter the temperature) on stage with an acoustic guitar slung around the neck. Rough jeans with holes in the knees and back pockets help detract attention away from the bed-head hairdo with or without dreads. Don’t be mistaken, this is a very talented individual who can probably play chords that involve dislocating 3 out of 5 fingers. Their proficiency however can be masked by their inability to play well with others at times (they live and exist in their own world). Also notice the absent minded approach to life as they will often show up to rehearsal or service missing guitar cables, a strap, or a tuner – that is if they remember when they need to be there in the first place. It’s nearly impossible to gauge their commitment level but if you can deal with the eccentricities, they are a great guitar player to work with.