Would you like to learn the notes of the famous song Amazing Grace on the piano? You’ve come to the right place!
Amazing Grace is one of the most popular Christian hymns in the world. Composed by the Anglican priest John Newton, the song was first officially published in 1779 by William Cowper in England.
This hymn evokes very profound Christian themes, such as the forgiveness of man’s sins by faith and the acquisition of salvation by grace.
By the end of the 18th century, the popularity of Amazing Grace spread to the United States and finally became world famous during the 19th century.
Today, the track is one of the most iconic songs in Christianity.
That’s why many pianists want to learn it on the piano. Moreover, it is easy to play, which makes it a prime target for beginners who want to start with popular songs.
In this article, we’ll look at how to learn Amazing Grace on the piano. We will first discuss the notes to play with the right hand, then those with the left hand, and finally we will make a video tutorial of the two hands to play on the piano.
You will also find at the end of the article the free piano sheet music of Amazing Grace, which you can download for free in PDF format. Let’s go!
Bonus: you can also learn to play this song at your own pace on our piano learning application La Touche Musicale.
Bonus : you can also learn to play this song at your own pace on our interactive piano learning app La Touche Musicale.
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Before we look at the notes we’re going to play with the right hand for Amazing Grace, we first need to do a quick recap of where each note is located on a piano keyboard, in the same way as we did for our tutorials dedicated to learning Greensleeves on the piano and We Wish You a Merry Christmas piano notes.
Each key on the keyboard is associated with a musical note (A, B, C, D, E, F, G).
The image below shows the position of each note on the piano keys:
The name of the notes on a piano keyboard.
If you look at the diagram above, you will notice that each note (A, B, C, …) is repeated several times on the keyboard. We can therefore deduce that the keyboard is divided into several parts, called octaves.
Each octave is composed of a series of 7 white keys (A, B, C, D, E, F, G). Once we reach the 8th key, we start a new octave and the series of notes is repeated.
In order to be able to identify the location of each note on the piano keyboard, we advise you to use the black keys. These work in groups of two and three. Locate yourself in relation to one of these groups to find the note you are looking for.
For example, if you are looking for the note B, you should know that it is located just to the right of the groups of 3 black keys. So you must first identify a group of three black keys before you can find your B note.
Now that you’re starting to learn your way around a piano keyboard, let’s start learning the right hand notes for the song Amazing Grace.
If you are interested in learning simple music with piano notes, you might like our article about the easiest piano songs with letters.
Before playing each of the notes in the right hand, we will start by identifying the first note. This will allow us to know where to start.
The first note to play with the right hand is the note C. So just place your finger on this note to start playing.
Note: you can use the picture of the notes on the keyboard above to identify the C:
C is the first note of the right hand in the song Amazing Grace on piano.
Did you find the C? Perfect! Now we can play the suite with the right hand.
Press each of these notes one after the other to reproduce the whole melody:
C – F – A – F – A – G – F – D – C – C – F – A – F – A – G – C – A – C – A – F – C – D – F – F – D – C – C – F – A – F – A – G – F.
When you play each of the above notes in a row, you are reproducing the entire right hand (the melody) of Amazing Grace on the piano.
Repeat this sequence of notes over and over again to get the hang of it.
Amazing Grace on piano: the notes of the right hand.
To help you play this part of the Amazing Grace song correctly, you can watch the following video tutorial that shows you each note on a virtual piano: [Note: you must remain pressed on the key while the note is on it on the virtual piano] :
Play the notes ofAmazing Grace with the right hand on an interactive app
La Touche Musicale app waits for you to play the right note with your right hand on your piano before moving on to the next one.
In the same way as the right hand, we will start by identifying the first note to play with the left hand for Amazing Grace.
Place your finger on the note F to start:
F is the first note of the left hand in the song Amazing Grace.
To play all the notes with your left hand, you must press the following series of keys:
F – C – F – F – C – F – A# – D – A# – F – C – F – F – C – F – F – C – F – C – E – C – E – C – F – C – F – C – F – A# – D – A# – F – C – F – F – C – F – C – E – C – F – C – F.
Play all these notes in a row to play the left hand of Amazing Grace and accompany the melody played by the right hand.
Amazing Grace on piano: the notes of the left hand.
Watch the following tutorial video to follow the note times and rhythm of the song on the piano:
At this point, you should be able to play the right and left hands of Amazing Grace independently. Good job!
But the most difficult part is still to play both hands at the same time.
Play the notes of Amazing Grace with the left hand on an interactive app
The La Touche Musicale app waits for you to play the correct note with your left hand on your piano before moving on to the next.
To play Amazing Grace entirely on the piano, you will have to learn to play both hands at the same time.
This is a relatively difficult exercise when you start playing the piano. The brain is not used to multitasking, especially tasks as precise as piano fingering.
If you are having trouble coordinating your two hands, it is perfectly normal. Most beginners have this problem.
But there are a number of techniques and tips that will help you progress faster.
Learning to disassociate your hands is not an easy exercise. That’s why we’re offering you a few tips to help you acquire this skill more quickly.
First of all, make sure you play the hands separately. This method may seem counterintuitive at first, but it will allow your brain to gradually register the notes to be played for each hand. This is the method we have chosen in this tutorial article, introducing you to the right hand first, then the left hand.
Once you have done this exercise and mastered both hands, you should play them at the same time. To do this, play short passages of the song. For example, choose a first passage of 5 to 10 seconds. Practice on this part until you play it correctly. Then move on to the second passage. Repeat the same exercise until you play it correctly. Finally, play the two parts together.
This technique also allows your brain to gradually assimilate the information.
At first, it will seem complicated and you will have difficulty reproducing the gestures. But after a few minutes or hours of practice, you will get used to separating your hands and you will learn much faster.
Note: At La Touche Musicale, we have noticed that learning the song in short loops considerably reduces the learning time. That’s why we developed a feature on our online piano learning application that allows you to choose a specific part of the song to play it automatically in a loop.
Amazing Grace on the piano: the notes of both hands.
To better play Amazing Grace with both hands at the same time, we have put together a tutorial video that shows you the beats of each note and when they should be played in the song.
Tip: to give yourself time to absorb the information, you can pause the video and play the notes on the screen.
Note: on La Touche Musicale app, you don’t need to pause the song. The application waits for you until you play the right note.
Play the notes of Amazing Grace with both hands on an interactive app
The La Touche Musicale app waits for you to play the right notes with both hands on your piano before moving on to the next.
You can now play Amazing Grace entirely on the piano, congratulations!
Did you like this article? You might also like our piano tutorials about how to learn Canon in D, Rhapsody in Blue, In the Hall of the Mountain King, Turkish March, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, All I Want for Christmas is You, Mary Had a Little Lamb, Zelda’s Lullaby, Für Elise, Carol of the Bells, Silent Night, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Deck the Halls or Jingle Bells on piano.
You can find the piano score of Amazing Grace quite easily on the internet. Be careful though, because some sites will charge you for it, even though it is a royalty-free composition. We propose you here an easy version of the score to download for free in PDF format.
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