A really simple way to dip your toe into free worship is to end a song on the 4 chord. If you are playing in the key of G, that means ending on a C chord, or better yet a C2 chord, which is a C chord with an added D note.
Continue to strum the chord and encourage your congregation to speak out the names of God. You and your worship team may have to help get them started – “Almighty”, “Everlasting”, “Jehovah Jireh”, “Prince of Peace”, etc. This will hopefully create an atmosphere in which the congregation feels more at ease to speak aloud. During this time of free worship, you can even alternate back in forth between the 4 chord (C) to the 5 chord (D) for a little variation.
While listening, try and pick out one of the names that seems to fit what the Holy Spirit is doing at the time. Begin to sing that name of God back to your congregation making up a melody on the spot. It may feel a little awkward at first, but you’ll get better at this the more you do it.
As you try out this new technique, it might take a few tries to get your congregation on board, but after awhile it will become a meaningful part of your worship. As with any worship element, try not to do it the same every time. Try and mix it up. You’ll find some things that work and others that don’t. Don’t be afraid to try out new forms of worship and learn from what works best with your congregation. Overall, just remember that the goal is to direct our thoughts toward God and recognize Him for who He is.