Amazing Grace guitar tabs will help your non-music reader play one of the most beautiful and uplifting songs in the western world, and new LEAD SHEETS for treble, bass, & viola clefs will help other instrumentalists and vocalists. See way down the page.
Here is my favorite recorded version, Judy Collins singing Amazing Grace a capella (without accompaniment):
Every guitarist should learn to play this beautiful hymn. I have it here in two keys friendly to the beginning guitar player who doesn't use a capo.
The timing of the notation may look kind of funny; that's because I always double the note values for my beginners in order to avoid eighth notes. There's enough going on with learning guitar that I don't want timing to be an issue -- although this is a well-known tune, a lot of kids have not heard it.
The man who penned the Amazing Grace hymn lyrics, John Newton, had been an Atlantic Sea slave trader, and knew that he was indeed the worst of wretches!
A recent book and movie, "Amazing Grace", tells the almost unknown story of how one Englishman, William Wilberforce, forced Parliament and the whole British nation to really SEE the horror of the slave trade. Until Wilberforce, slavery had been common at all times, in all places, and in all cultures.
Not until the end of his life - after many years - was he successful in persuading Parliament to outlaw --not slavery-- but the slave TRADE, which marked the beginning of the end for legal slavery in England, and ultimately all nations with a Christian heritage.
Christian heritage? Yes -- for the sacred texts of the Christian faith claim that there is inherent equality of all souls before God... as Job said (Job 31:15),
"Did not He who made me in the womb make him?" ...and as Paul the apostle told the Galatians (Galatians 3:27-28),
"For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."
Here are free lead sheets for treble instruments and voices, with the guitar chords key for each one:
Here are lead sheets for bass voices and instruments:
And here are viola clef arrangements:
Though it is one of the most popular funeral songs, the meaning of the words "how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me," can touch all hearts in times of despair or in times of gratefulness.
With a message of God's grace freely extended to all, perhaps it is the most comforting of funeral hymns, as well as for a general worship service.
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