Amazing Grace Piano Chords PDF

Learn Amazing Grace Chords

Let’s learn how to play “Amazing Grace” using piano chords.

But first, get your chord chart copies below in the keys of C, G, D, A and E major:

What Is a Chord Chart?

People use chord charts to play chords instead of notated music on the musical staff. Chord charts are really fun to play, because they leave so much room for creativity!

Here’s how a chord chart looks in the key of C:

Amazing Grace Chords

Title & Authors

The title and author(s) are at the top.

Key

The key of the song is in the right-hand corner. (“Keys” are groups of notes used to write songs. Songs written in the “Key of C” used the notes of the C major scale to write the song.)

Song Body

The verses are labeled next. This song doesn’t have a chorus or bridge, but if it did, those would also be labeled.

Next are the lyrics, with the chord symbols above them. Chord symbols indicate which chords to play.

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Learn Piano Chords Printable

Learn the concepts for playing the piano with chords with this comprehensive 42-page PDF. These charts will lay a great foundation for you at the piano, and will be referenced again and again!

How to Play a Chord Chart

Amazing Grace Chords

Chord Symbols

There are different types of chord symbols to indicate different types of chords.

An upper-case letter indicates a major chord.

An upper-case letter followed by a lower-case “m” indicates a minor chord.

There are other types of chord symbols, but for this song, the only other chord is the “6” chord. The 6 chord means to play a major chord, adding the sixth note of the matching major scale.

So the G6 in this example means to play G – B – D – E (since G – B – D is our G major chord, and E is the sixth note of the G major scale).

Chord Timing

Chord charts don’t show the individual notes of a song or the timing. They just show chords lined up with lyrics. This can seem intimidating, but it can be a lot of fun once you get the hang of it.

Chord symbols are played at the point where they line up with the lyric of the song. You’ll need to be familiar with the song so you could sing along, either aloud or in your head, lining up the chord with that particular part of the lyric.

It may be helpful to use a metronome at first. Chords are generally played on the beat (meaning the chord is played at the same time the metronome “clicks”).

Bringing it Together

Since chord charts don’t show the melody, you’re not usually playing the melody with a chord chart (though it can be added in by ear). Chord charts work great for providing support for vocalists, or for leaving lots of room for improvisational solo piano.

The simplest way to start playing a chord chart is to play the chords in their root positions with the right hand, and to play the matching octave with the left hand (a “C” octave would be two “C’s” at the same time).

So if your right hand is playing a C major chord, the left hand can play a C octave at the same time. You can repeat the chords/octaves on the beat, as you choose, until the symbol changes.

Playing Creatively

Once you’re comfortable playing the chords in their root positions, matching the octave with the left hand, you can start playing inversions with your right hand. This is where the music starts to take on new life! You can play these inversions both on and off the beat (“off the beat” means “between” beats – you can use a metronome to help you at first).

After you get good at that, you can start playing both block and broken chords.

Block chords are when the notes of a chord are played all at the same time.

Broken chords are when the notes of a chord are played separately. You can break up a chord in many different ways. You could play the first two notes of the chord, then the third note. Or you could play the first note of the chord, then the last two. Or you could play each note separately.

If you really want to get advanced, take your inversions, and play them using both block and broken chord patterns with your right hand!

The left hand can continue playing octaves, or it can play something simple, like the upper and lower note of the matching chord.

It’s really fun to experiment with these different options, and the more you practice, the easier it gets!

Conclusion

I hope you enjoy using these chord charts to play this wonderful song! There’s so much room for personal expression and creativity in a chord chart.

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8 Comments

  1. Linda

    I wanna learn

    Reply
    • Julie Swihart

      Yes, a good place to start would be to read through the posts in order under the “Start: Learn Piano” tab in the menu. These numbered posts will lay a great foundation for you in learning the piano with chords.

  2. Tim

    This is awesome Julie!

    Happy New Year

    Reply
    • Julie Swihart

      I’m glad it’s helpful, thank you, you too!

  3. Irene W Farley

    Julie, What is a bridge?

    Reply
    • Julie Swihart

      Hi Irene, a bridge is a separate section in the music that provides contrast to the rest of the song. If you’re familiar with the song “How Great Is Our God”, the bridge is the part towards the end that starts “Name above all names”. Usually the bridge is towards the end of a song, and the music for the bridge provides contrast to the rest of the song, and it sends you back to the chorus or verses. I hope that helps!

  4. Anh Xa

    How do you play G6

    Reply
    • Julie

      A G6 chord is: G – B – D – E (a G major chord with the sixth note of the G major scale added). Enjoy the song!

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