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Amazing Grace - Sheet Music and Performance Notes

Notes on the Sheet Music

I've arranged five versions of the sheet music: four versions for pentatonic minor tuned flutes and one version for diatonic flutes.

Two of the pentatonic versions (the “low versions”) begin on the fundamental note: Finger diagram closed closed closed closed closed closed or Five hole finger diagram closed closed closed closed closed. The other two pentatonic versions (the “high versions”) begin one note higher: Finger diagram closed closed closed closed closed open or Five hole finger diagram closed closed closed closed open.

Recordings of the two pentatonic versions can be heard on the Amazing Grace Native American flute Recordings page.

As with all the sheet music in this section of Flutopedia, you can click on any sheet music image to get a larger version of a JPG image that is suitable for printing.

Alternate Notes

The low versions have a issue that one of the notes that is in the original Amazing Grace / New Britain melody can only be played on a Native American flute using a half-hole technique: Finger diagram closed closed closed closed closed half-closed or Five hole finger diagram closed closed closed closed half-closed. To avoid that note, I've replaced it with an alternate note, marked with a Alternate Note marker in the sheet music below. Of course, you are free to play anything that suits you for that note (or for any other note, for that matter). You may find that, after you play the alternate note a few times, listeners come to think of the alternate note as the “correct” note in the melody.

Sheet Music - Low version for Six-hole Pentatonic Minor Tuned Flutes

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Amazing Grace - Low Version - six-hole Pentatonic Minor

Amazing Grace - Low Version - Six-Hole Flutes - Pentatonic Minor Tuning Larger image

Sheet Music - Low version for Six-hole Pentatonic Minor Tuned Flutes - Inverted Finger Diagrams

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Amazing Grace - Low Version - six-hole Pentatonic Minor - Inverted Finger Diagrams

Amazing Grace - Low Version - Six-Hole Flutes - Pentatonic Minor Tuning - Inverted Finger Diagrams Larger image

Sheet Music - Low version for Five-hole Pentatonic Minor Tuned Flutes

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Amazing Grace - Low Version - five-hole Pentatonic Minor

Amazing Grace - Low Version - Five-Hole Flutes - Pentatonic Minor Tuning Larger image

The Second Register

The “high version” of Amazing Grace begins on a higher note and extends into the second register. It solves the problem of having to use an alternate note, but introduced the problem of trying to hit the Finger diagram half-closed closed closed closed closed open or Five hole finger diagram half-closed closed closed closed open note in the second register. This note resonates well and is reasonably in tune on some, but not all, Native American flutes. It should play well on flutes that were designed to be extended-range flutes. However, even on extended-range flutes, you may need to experiment to find the best fingering to use for that note.

Sheet Music - High version for Six-hole Pentatonic Minor Tuned Flutes

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Amazing Grace - High Version - six-hole Pentatonic Minor

Amazing Grace - High Version - Six-Hole Flutes - Pentatonic Minor Tuning Larger image

Sheet Music - High version for Six-hole Pentatonic Minor Tuned Flutes - Inverted Finger Diagrams

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Amazing Grace - High Version - six-hole Pentatonic Minor - Inverted Finger Diagrams

Amazing Grace - High Version - Six-Hole Flutes - Pentatonic Minor Tuning - Inverted Finger Diagrams Larger image

Sheet Music - High version for Five-hole Pentatonic Minor Tuned Flutes

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Amazing Grace - High Version - five-hole Pentatonic Minor

Amazing Grace - High Version - Five-Hole Flutes - Pentatonic Minor Tuning Larger image

Sheet Music - for Diatonic Tuned Flutes

This version is designed for flutes tuned with diatonic fingering (some Native American flutes, Irish whistles, bansuris, etc.)

Amazing Grace - Diatonic Flutes

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