Beginning Guitar 101: Lesson #8B- Amazing Grace


Amazing Grace

In this Beginning Guitar 101 video, we’re going to go through a simple song using that first chord family, the D, G, and A7. Three chord family, the one chord, four chord and the five chord. Yes, I can count. I hope everybody knows this melody. It’s a very simple song and I only want to use it as an example to practice to learn this chord family. Amazing Grace. Amazing Grace how sweet… the four chord or G chord, back to D… sound, da-da-da-da… I’m going to A7 now… I don’t remember the words all right. Da-da-da-da… back to G, da-da-da-da, da-da… going to A7,da-da-da-da. That’s the whole song, just different words and different verses.

Let's Try It Nice And Slow

I’ll remember the words this time but please excuse my singing. It’s not my forte. Nobody going to pay me to sing but you could pay me to teach guitar every day. Here we go.

Start with D, play along nice and slow. Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like… Go to A7… me, I once was lost… Go to G, but now I’m back to D, am found, I was… go to A7, but now I do.

The Strum

Now a good strum to use with something like that, that’s three strums per measure so it would be like down, down, down. Do it one more time with me. Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me, I feel funny saying the word “wretch”, I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now can see. Okay, just wanted to prove I knew the words. Thank you, that was fun.

What's Next…More Practice

I’d encourage you to practice it whether you like the song or will help you understand how the chords go with the melody of the song. Three chords you can play a lot of songs. Next video, we’ll do another chord family. The chord family E, A, and B7. Of course we’re going to want to practice that B7.

See you in the next video.

Take care, until then. Lots to practice!

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Tomas Michaud

Playing guitar and creating music is a dream come true for me. I know it can be for you too. You wouldn't be given the desire to play music if you didn't have the capacity to achieve it. I help people every day all over the world to achieve their dream using step-by-step systems that I've been refining for over 40 years. I'd like to help you.

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