Free arrangement of Amazing Grace

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I am starting something new in 2012–15-minute hymn arrangements.  By 15 minutes, I am referring to how much time it will take you to learn them and also how much time I spent arranging them 🙂

Here is the first of the series:

Click on this link and print the arrangement out: Amazing Grace (free download)

And here is a YouTube clip of me playing it.

Here is what I am thinking.  There are tons of good arrangements out there to buy.  However, most of them are advanced to the point where you really have to sink some time into learning them.  Since that is not always possible, I wanted to give you some options that you can literally print out the day before you play them and yet not be embarrassed by their simplicity.

Since I have almost no time in these myself (no more than 15 minutes of actual arranging), don’t expect genius or overly polished stuff. Beethoven spent years on some of his pieces.  Since I am hardly a Beethoven, you might not see great things from me if I spent 15 years on these arrangements.  But you will certainly not see great things when I only spend 15 minutes.

By the way, let me know what you think about that YouTube clip concept above where I show the notes sort of like Guitar Hero does.  It is the rage on the internet right now and a lot of people are learning that way but I am on the fence.

Greg Howlett

9 thoughts on “Free arrangement of Amazing Grace

  1. Lance Shirley says:

    So nice sound Greg. This looks simple but I get the impression that is partly because every note has a purpose. There are basically no throw-away notes anywhere.

    On the other hand, I wanted to ask you about doubled notes. You always talk about avoiding doubling and I notice that you have very few in this piece. The ones that are there though: are they there for a reason? I am speaking of bar 34 for example.

  2. Greg says:

    Yes I doubled there on purpose to highlight that inner voice movement. However, a quick scan shows that I did an unintentional doubling in bar 29. That E should not be played in both hands.

  3. Kevin says:

    Thanks Greg. This is one of the types of things I am trying to learn to do on the piano. I appreciate your efforts to help others improve.

  4. Kristy says:

    Greg, great idea! Thanks for sharing these with us. Not so sure about the youtube thing… It does add an interesting visual element, but would seem to me that it would be distracting and complicate the learning process. But I’d be interested to see how it’s being used.

  5. Keith Reid says:

    Our church group is about to use your very stylish arrangement of Amazing Grace. However, as the Guitarist in the group I am faced with having to extract the chords from the piano arrangement. I have made progress – albeit rather slowly! – are there any of your lessons that will show me the technique for this process?

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