"Amazing Grace" is a nice traditional tune, commonly sung in churches around the world. For the piano player just learning to play the melody, it provides four slightly different hand positions, which will help you continue developing your finger and keyboard awareness.
Instructions for learning Amazing Grace on the piano:
-play each line with right hand (fingerings written above note names) until it is easy and/or memorized.
-play each line with left hand (fingerings written below note names) until it is easy and/or memorized.
-play each line with both hands until it is easy and/or memorized.
-string the lines together until you can play the whole piece. Keep it slow until you are comfortable and familiar with it. Then, start playing it faster, working up to an appropriate tempo for that piece.
-Regardless of tempo, relax your arms & shoulders and keep it smooth and flowing.
[The tunes listed in the "free piano lessons" portion of this website provide a fun way for beginners to begin getting to know their way around the piano keyboard. By learning a bunch of simple tunes and learning to play them hands-separately and hands-together, as well as in at least 3 different keys, a new piano player not only learns the layout of the notes, but also begins to develop knowledge and confidence in piano fingerings. Along the way, you are working on the ability to learn and memorize melodies on the keys. Add a bit of work with a metronome and you begin developing a sense for steady rhythm, as well as the ability to work with an extremely valuable tool. Together, these elements will become part of a solid foundation of basic skills needed for more advanced piano playing in the future.]
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Key of C (sing along to establish proper rhythm):
Key of F (sing along to establish proper rhythm):
Key of G (sing along to establish proper rhythm):
That precious day that grace appeared,
The hour I first believed,
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved.
Through many dangers toils and snares,
I have already come
‘Tis grace that brought me safe this far,
And grace will lead me home.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise,
Than when we first begun.
For more information on this song, click here.