Greetings! In this edition of Guitar Nine we will be learning an arrangement of "Amazing Grace." "Amazing Grace," perhaps the most well known hymn of all time, was written by John Newton (1725-1807) in 1748. However, the origin of the melody has been attributed to two sources. Some have speculated that it may have been the tune to an Early American folksong. Still others believe that the melody was derived from a slave song. Whichever the case may be it is one of the most beautiful and recognizable melodies ever written. My arrangement is written in theme and variations form. We will commence with the learning of the theme and in the next several months two variations. Let me give a list of things that will facilitate the learning of this piece.
In closing, you will notice that measure 17 begins the first variation. I have included measures 17 and 18 so that you will get a sense of where I am heading with the first variation. As always, have fun learning and playing. If you have any questions or comments don't hesitate to contact me. I will see you soon with the first variation.
Steve Pappas is a guitarist, composer and teacher from Ohio specializing in fingerstyle guitar who believes in daily practice, and expressing emotions and feelings through his playing.
His latest CD is entitled "Refuge", a blend of Folk, Spanish, Classical, Latin and Rock influences.
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