Image of music score for "Amazing Grace". Image created by M. Grayburn.
A new time signature! How many beats per measure in Amazing Grace?
Notice the common rhythm of TA-A TA (half note followed by quarter note).
Be sure to count measures 7 & 8 correctly. How many beats does the D actually get?
Look for the dotted quarter notes. How many beats does each of them get?
You have been playing songs with paired eighth notes. Can you find the single eighth notes in this song? How many beats does it get?
The fermata at the end of the song (over the last note) tells you to hold that note even longer. It is sometimes called a "bird's eye". Can you figure out why?
Click below for a recording a recorder playing Amazing Grace with the accompaniment.
Click below for the accompaniment for Amazing Gracce.
Click below to download the score, as shown above, for Amazing Grace.
Click below to download a score for Amazing Grace that will allow you to write in the letter names of the notes. You can write all of them in OR you can just write one in occasionally to help you.
Amazing Grace was written by John Newton in the early 1700's. Watch this video to see the history of this amazing song. The performance in this video uses a variation of the original song.
Video of the history of "Amazing Grace".
Video from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfoCSmw-EaE
Celtic Thunder is a group of male vocalists from Ireland who sing in four part harmony. Listen to their performance of Amazing Grace. Can you hear all four parts?
Video of Celtic Thunder singing "Amazing Grace".
Video from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qni5bIN5qmU
- Have I learned to play the dotted quarter note rhythm correctly?
- Did I play with a warm, legato sound?
- Did I articulate each note (tongue) while playing Amazing Grace?
- Did I breathe correctly with the phrases?
- What else did I learn?
- Have you completed your recorder test with your teacher?
- Don't forget to download and turn in your self-evaluation form.
Interactive Fingering Chart from http://www.musick8.com/rkdojo/rkchart.php
Extending the Learning
- Create a short instructional video for how to read and analyze the music score for Amazing Grace.
- Create a short instructional video for how to play Amazing Grace on the recorder.
- Write another verse for this song. Can you use lyrics that extend the meaning of the song?
- Find another song that is like Amazing Grace. Create a graphic organizer that shows the connections.
- Draw or paint the scene of the storm that led to the creation of the song.
- Find another version of the song that is played by another instrument.
- Write a story about what you've learned about courage in the face of trouble.