I did a Video Tutorial on how to play Amazing Grace Chords. This was a while back. I thought it would be very helpful to put all out on paper.
What you will learn in this lesson is: How to Play Amazing Grace Chords. How to Play Amazing Grace Chords
- Chords to Play Amazing Grace
- The Chord Progression
- Rhythm Pattern and Timing of Amazing Grace
- Lyrics to Amazing Grace
- Download Chord Sheet
- Bonus Video
If this sounds like something you would have fun learning. Then grab your guitar and let’s learn How to Play Amazing Grace.
What are the Guitar Chords to Amazing Grace?
Listed below will be the chords to Amazing Grace. If you are not familiar with how to read a chord Diagram. Then take a quick look here How to read Chord Charts.
Here are the chords you will need to get familiar with. There all easy beginner open chords.
How to Play the G chord? There are several ways which all are correct. But it is your preference on what feels easiest and most comfortable for you. This is the finger position I use. But you could also use fingers: 1 on 5th string. Finger 2 on on 6th string. Then your 3rd finger on the first string.
- Place your 2nd finger on the 5th string. At the 2nd fret. Which is on the A string.
- Third finger is at the 6th string, on the third fret. This string is the E string.
- Then Place your pinkie on the 3rd fret of the High E string. Which is string 1.
- You can strum all the strings when playing the G Major chord.
Next chord in the diagram is the C chord. Look how you place your fingers for the C Major chord.
- Your 1st finger is at the first fret of the 2nd string. The B string.
- Then your 2nd finger is at the second fret, on the D string. The 4th string.
- Stretch your pinkie over to the third fret of the 5th string. This is the A string.
- When Playing the C chord. You don’t play the 6th string when strumming.
Look at how to place your fingers for the D chord.
- Place your first finger on the G string at the 2nd fret. The 3rd string.
- Your second finger is on the 1st string at the 2nd fret.
- Then your third finger is on the 2nd string, at the 3rd fret.
- You only strum the first four strings. The 4th string is the D string.
The last chord to know is the Em which is possibly the easiest chord. Since you only use two fingers. Here is how to play the Em chord. Which is spelled E minor.
- Put your 2nd finger on the 5th string, at the 2nd fret.
- Then your 3rd finger is on the 4th string, at the 2nd fret.
- When strumming the Em you can play all the strings.
If you need help learning how to fret the strings properly. Take a look at the 10 things every Beginner guitar player needs to know.
Playing Amazing Grace for Beginners?
Now what you need to know is the chord progression. Which is what order the chords are going to be played. The chords are in this order. G G C , G G D, D G G, C G Em, D G G.
Now that you know that you can if you are a beginner or even if your not. Just strum the chords. in that order. Or I will show you in a minute a country style of playing which is still fairly easy once you learn it.
The song is a little different than most songs that you here on the radio. Which are in 4/4 timing. This song is in 3/4 timing. So most songs that you here are 4 beats per measure. 1 2 3 4 | 1 2 3 4 |
1 2 3 4 | 1 2 3 4 |. .
But with the 3/4 timing there are three beats per measure. So it looks like this. | 1 2 3 1 2 3 |
1 2 3 | 1 2 3.
The accent is on the 1. So it is literally a waltz.
The beat is; 1 2 3 | 1 2 3 | 1 2 3 | 1 2 3. So if you can count to 3 you can play this song. Let me show you how to play it.
How Do You Pick Amazing Grace On Guitar
What you are going to do after you set your fingers on the chords. You are going to pick the lowest note. In the chord that you are playing.
The first chord in the progression is G. Place your fretting hand so that you are going to play the G chord. Then you pick the lowest note in the G chord. Which is G. The G is the third fret of the G chord. That is on the 6th string.
Don’t Get to worried about the notes and that just know what string you are going to play for each chord. When you play the G you want to first pick the 6th string. That is going to be the first beat. Then you simply strum down two times. 1 2 3 | 1 2 3 1 2 3 | 1 2 3 .
If you are interested in learning the notes and the secrets to get on a fast track towards playing guitar Take a look at the Beginners Bootcamp Guitar Course.
Picking the C chord
Next with the C chord you are going to position your fretting hand on the strings. Then pick the C note. That is on the 5th string. And strum down two times. Remember this song is at a slow tempo. So go slow! And have fun.
When Playing the D chord You want Pick the 4th string. Which is the D string. Then strum down two times. This is just the Rhythm and timing of the song. But you will still need the chord progression. I have a chord sheet that should help you with that. There is a button somewhere below.
When playing the Em chord then you want to Pick the Low E. Which is the E strings. and strum the Em two times.
Lyrics to Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace, How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me I once was lost, but now am found T'was blind but now I see T'was Grace that taught my heart to fear And Grace, my fears relieved How precious did that grace appear The hour I first believed Through many dangers, toils and snares We have already come. T'was grace that brought us safe thus far And grace will lead us home, Amazing grace, Howe Sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me I once was lost but now am found T'was blind but now I see Was blind, but now I see. Source
Get the Chord Sheet for How to Play Amazing Grace Chords
What Timing is Amazing Grace in?
In a lot of songs that you hear on the radio. The music is in 4/4 time. But with this song Amazing Grace it is in 3/4 timing. So the beats are not at a 4 count per measure. Instead they are at 3 beats per measure.
Also the one is the accented beat so it is one two three, one two three. And so on.