Last updated on August 15th, 2023
Amazing Grace is one of the most popular Christian hymns written by John Newton. This post covers the guitar chords, melody with guitar tabs, and a finger-style guitar arrangement of this song. Grab your guitar and let’s get started!
How to read the guitar chord charts
To clarify how to read the chord charts, the top horizontal line represents the high E string and the bottom horizontal line represents the low E string. The vertical lines separate each fret. The numbers in the blue dots tell you which fingers to use on the fretting hand.
For example, on the C Major chord, you use the:
- 1st finger on the 2nd string, 1st fret
- 2nd finger on the 4th string, 2nd fret
- 3rd finger on the 5th string, 3rd fret
- Circles represent open strings
- X means to avoid the string
You can check this link for more on how to read guitar notation symbols.
Amazing Grace guitar chords
Try the following chords one at a time until you feel comfortable switching between them. These chords will be written above the melody in the next section.
Here are some related resources on chords:
- What are the first chords you should learn on guitar?
- 6 tips to get better at switching between chords on guitar
Amazing Grace guitar tabs
For the sheet music below, keep in mind that the melody and chords are meant to be played as separate parts. We’ll look at how to connect these parts later in the arrangement section of this post.
If needed, refer to this simple guide to understanding music symbols.
By the way, you can get all the PDF’s of this post below.
Amazing Grace lyrics with chords
Reference: Amazing grace. HymnSite.com
Amazing Grace guitar chords variation
Here are some 7th chords you can use to enhance the chord progression to Amazing Grace. These chords will be shown in the following lead sheet with the melody.
You can check out this post to learn the essential 7th chords on guitar.
Amazing Grace tabs with chord variations
Here is the sheet music for this song including the chord variations we looked at in the previous section.
Amazing Grace guitar arrangement
In this section, we are essentially connecting the melody and chords together using a finger-style method of playing. If needed, check out this post to learn how to finger pick on guitar.
The numbers next to some notes on the top staff indicate which fingers to use on the fretting hand.
To learn more about this style of playing, check out this post on how to connect a melody and chords on guitar.
Check out all of the song PDF’s or search for a specific song below.
Want to learn more songs? Check out the sheet music with guitar tabs resource on this site.
All the best,
JG Music Lessons