How to Play Amazing Grace by John Newton (Guitar Lesson)


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Jim Deeming

Amazing Grace

Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle arrangement of "Amazing Grace."

Taught by Jim Deeming in Songs with Jim Deeming seriesLength: 12:27Difficulty: 2.5 of 5


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alfrednoelalfrednoel replied on August 2nd, 2015

I have to agree with most of the comments concerning the learming of this song based on the instruction.......it's very close to useless! Nevertheless, I enjoy Jim's songs a lot, and if you're intermediate to advanced and want to figure this one out on your own, it can be done.

gabrielpeacegabrielpeace replied on March 19th, 2015

More of a demo than a lesson. Have to be VERY ADVANCED to "learn" how to play this song from this video.

steinisteini replied on December 25th, 2014

Hi Jim, I want print the simple version. It doesn't work. Peter

wizard1325wizard1325 replied on December 30th, 2013

yea gonna have to agree must baby feed us =0)

wizard1325wizard1325 replied on December 30th, 2013

yea gonna have to agree must baby feed us =0)

joey hamiljoey hamil replied on October 7th, 2012

Not really a lesson.

dcottrelldcottrell replied on April 14th, 2012

I am having problems viewing/printing the TAB. Any suggestions?

blackriderblackrider replied on April 6th, 2012

I enjoyed the lesson and the tab seems at least in the right direction. It is a great version to add or subtract things to. But I agree it would be great if the details could be shown in more detail.

joseefjoseef replied on April 5th, 2011

Jim this is a great lesson...I've just watched Tommy Emmanual play this on you tube...the guy is amazing....inspired me to come and look at this version since i'm only in beginning phase 2 :) To think i'd never even heard of the man a year ago. I wouldn't even begin to be able to play like you or that guy...well maybe when i'm 90 years old if i'm lucky .

tony1489tony1489 replied on February 6th, 2011

I enjoy your instruction and arrangements, but it's very frustrating....Jam Play almost never has the complete tab (as demonstrated) arrangements to the lesson.

mambergmamberg replied on February 2nd, 2011

I don't think the tabs reflect all of what you are doing. I'm getting it but having a hard time playing it exactly like you. Wish you would tab out your entire opening performance exactly the way you play it.

phrasemeisterphrasemeister replied on May 28th, 2010

Played for 30 plus years and I have no idea what's going on here sorry :-( ...

phrasemeisterphrasemeister replied on May 29th, 2010

The arrangement is great, just need the tab please :-)

chase_1995chase_1995 replied on April 22nd, 2010

Could you please show this step by step. Very confused as im sure others are to.

rluginbyrluginby replied on January 27th, 2010

Not very helpful in helping me learn the song. Pick one version and show how to play it measure by measure with close ups of the left and right hands. Stick with what is exactly on the tab, played very slowly increasing tempo each time when repeating. I like all the arrangements but you are all over the map teaching this song.

phb31phb31 replied on January 17th, 2010

The tab ????????????????????? Is it a lesson or a demonstration ???????????????

claytonclayton replied on January 16th, 2010

Love it! How about a little more on the right hand technique for the blues version?

dshoha11dshoha11 replied on January 14th, 2010

this is my favorite songs but you did different versions, which is fine, but many players need a final version played without stopping so we can play along, we dont know any changes in the song if you just change the first part or this or that, so I cant learn this song the way i need to...i learn by ear and watching , not tab

Jason.MounceJason.Mounce replied on December 15th, 2009

Tab will be coming guys. Waiting for Jim to send the files.

jd1050jd1050 replied on December 15th, 2009

Great arrangements. Will the tab be coming?

dennytdennyt replied on December 14th, 2009

very nice . Thanks Jim. Denny

sattescsattesc replied on December 14th, 2009

Very good version. I really enjoy this!

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Christmas Medley Part 2

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Christmas Medley Part 3

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Length: 28:00 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
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Alice's Restaurant

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Length: 18:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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On Jordan's Stormy Banks

Jim Deeming teaches "On Jordan's Stormy Banks", a gospel tune from his CD First Fruits.

Length: 30:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

In this lesson Jim Deeming teaches a beautiful fingerstyle version of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."

Length: 22:29 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Windy and Warm

In this lesson Jim covers his version of "Windy and Warm," a song written by John Loudermilk and performed by Chet Atkins.

Length: 23:43 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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Waltzing Matilda

Jim teaches an arrangement of "Waltzing Matilda," a popular Australian folk song. He teaches the song in the style of Tommy Emmanuel.

Length: 38:28 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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Length: 30:21 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
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Red Wing

Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle version of the classic folk song "Red Wing."

Length: 15:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Wildwood Flower

Jim teaches "Wildwood Flower," a well-known bluegrass folk song. While it was made popular by the Carter Family, this song originated in the 1860s. Jim teaches you his own version which blends the familiar...

Length: 30:04 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 12

Stephen Foster Medley

Jim teaches Chet Atkins' arrangement of the "Stephen Foster Medley." He adds his personal touch to this three song medley.

Length: 40:17 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 13

Last Steam Engine Train

Jim Deeming teaches the song "Last Steam Engine Train" by John Fahey.

Length: 15:47 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 14

The Claw

Jim Deeming teaches "The Claw" by Jerry Reed.

Length: 39:51 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 16

Away In A Manger

Jim Deeming teaches a simple version and an advanced fingerstyle version of "Away In A Manger".

Length: 19:38 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 17

Silent Night

Jim Deeming teaches a beginner version and a more advanced fingerstyle version of "Silent Night."

Length: 20:05 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 18

The Little Drummer Boy

Jim Deeming teaches a warmed over arrangement of "The Little Drummer Boy."

Length: 36:19 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 19

Freight Train

Jim Deeming teaches "Freight Train" by Elizabeth Cotten.

Length: 13:02 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 20

Amazing Grace

Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle arrangement of "Amazing Grace."

Length: 12:27 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 21

Auld Lang Syne

Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle interpretation of the classic "Auld Lang Syne."

Length: 28:18 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 22

Red River Valley

Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle arrangement of the traditional folk song "Red River Valley."

Length: 11:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 23

Armed Forces Medley

Jim Deeming teaches a medley of songs from the five main branches of the United States Armed Forces.

Length: 40:37 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 24

Good King Wenceslas

Jim Deeming teaches the Christmas song "Good King Wenceslas."

Length: 27:05 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 25

The Water Is Wide

Jim Deeming teaches both a fingerstyle and flatpicking version of the classic tune "The Water Is Wide."

Length: 31:59 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 26

A Pick in My Pocket

Jim Deeming teaches his original fingerstyle masterpiece, "A Pick in My Pocket".

Length: 51:07 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 26

Farewell My Bluebell

Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle arrangement of the classic tune "Farewell My Bluebell." Originally written by Edward Madden and Theodore F. Morse, the tune has been popularized by artists such as Merle...

Length: 20:44 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only

About Jim Deeming View Full Biography Jim Deeming got his first guitar when he was only six years old. His Dad was taking fingerpicking lessons, and Jim wanted to be just like him. The Mel Bay books didn't last very long before he strapped on a thumb pick and added the Chet part to Red River Valley so it sounded better.

Most of Jim's early learning was by ear. With unlimited access to his Dad's collection of Chet Atkins albums, he spent countless hours decoding his favorite songs. They were never "right" until they sounded just like Chet. Around the age of 12, Jim heard Jerry Reed for the first time and just knew he had to be able to make that "Alabama Wild Man" sound. The styles of Chet & Jerry always have been a big influence on his playing.

More recently he has pursued arrangements by Tommy Emmanuel and Doyle Dykes, in addition to creating some of his own and writing originals.

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Jim has been playing for about 38 years. He also has taught private lessons in the past but believes JamPlay.com is an exciting and better venue with many advantages over the traditional method of weekly 30 minute sessions.

Jim lives in Berthoud, Colorado with his wife, Linda, and their four children. Although he still has a "day job", he is actively performing and is already back in the studio working on the next CD. If you wonder how he finds time, look no further than the back seat of his truck where he keeps a "travel guitar" to take advantage of any practice or song-writing opportunities he can get.

The opening song you hear in Jim's introductory JamPlay video is called, "A Pick In My Pocket". It's an original tune, written in memory of Jim's father who told him early on he should always keep a pick in his pocket in case he ever met Chet Atkins and got the chance to play for him. That song is slated to be the title track for his next CD, which will feature several more originals plus some of his favorite covers of Chet and Jerry arrangements.

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