Amazing Grace

  1. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    I'm a bit surprised this tune hasn't been SAW yet -- maybe it should?

    I've played this from an old arrangement for mandolin orchestra by an unknown (to me) Japanese arranger, found at the now-defunct Nakano site. Amazing Grace can be played in many keys; this one is in D major and E major.

    The images are renaissance paintings of the conversion of St. Paul on the road to Damascus.

    Mandolin 1: 1890s Umberto Ceccherini
    Mandolin 2: 1915 Luigi Embergher
    Mandola: 1925 Zimmermann waldzither
    Guitar: Ozark tenor guitar
    Mandocello & bass: Suzuki MC-815

    All instruments played by me and multitracked using Audacity.

  2. crisscross
    Nice collection, nice arrangement, nice tremolo!
    Recently, I recorded this tune in an oldtime-meets the blues version.
    For the mandolin solo I also tried a little tremolo, but I'm still not sure how to approach it, count it out or go by feel.(It should help to have a bowlback).
    If the first note is a little out of tune, that's because I didn't record a reference-note.
    But the second is OK I think-
  3. Marcelyn
    Two great and strikingly varied arrangements. The tremolo in both is excellent.
    Criss, I love the old-time feel to yours. I hadn't ever heard that last verse before, and I like it a lot. Welcome to the Song-A-Week Group.
  4. GHall
    A few different variations of Amazing Grace!

  5. Kay Kirkpatrick
    Kay Kirkpatrick
    Pretty much a "WOW" from me!
  6. Christian DP
    Christian DP
    I just listened to my Soundcloud recording from seven years ago, that I had completely forgotten. I played clawhammer banjo. electric guitar and even sang two verses. Well, I gave up clawhammering, my electric guitar is a nice wallhanger and my voice is getting rusty. Don't know where I found the time and energy for so many musical activities. Nowadays I concentrate on classical guitar and work on the reststroke and position playing on my bowlback- Like in the following song:

    For GHall, working on her position playing, doesn't seem to be necessary, looks like it's coming naturally.WOW!!!
  7. Frithjof
    Great new recording on mandolin and guitar, Christian. Very clean and good sounding.
  8. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Nice peaceful versions guys, thanks Martin. GHall good to see you guys playing together too.
    Another lovely gentle tune CC well done, the guitar works well.
  9. Christian DP
    Christian DP
    In the recording above, I had let the half notes ring and played temolo only at the ends of the phrases when there is time to breaze.
    This time, I tried to play the half notes tremolo with only a minimal pause to the next note. Sometimes it works, sometimes the pause seems a little too long. Any hints?
  10. Sherry Cadenhead
    Sherry Cadenhead
    Here's my version, arranged by my teacher Barbara Allen.

    2014 Weber Gallatin
    Strum Machine

    Here's the notation.
  11. John Kelly
    John Kelly
    Sherry, you have made a fine job of this one, tremolo, embellishments and all. Each posting shows definite progress in your journey. Was the backing done by your teacher or did you use Strum Machine again?

    Christian, you ask for any hints. I sometimes get the feeling that you are analysing your playing too much and it can lose its spontaneity. You sometimes seem to approach the tunes as exercises in tremolo or rest strokes or down strokes rather than just playing the tune freely. In your May posting above you mention that you sang as well as played. Do you ever sing the lyrics to yourself as you play? This might give you a way of approaching the phrasing in a different way. Your steel string guitar backing is again really excellent and recorded beautifully here. The guitar has such a rich sound.
  12. Frankdolin
    That was lovely version Christian, and I love the tremolo banner! Sherry, I think that was your best yet! Very nice all around!.
  13. Sherry Cadenhead
    Sherry Cadenhead
    Thanks, John and Frank! Your encouragement wants me to post more, which means I'm neglecting my chord exercises! John, I forgot to add the Weber and Strum Machine credits, so I've now done that.

    Christian, I appreciate your resurrecting this thread, as I was hoping for a chance to post this arrangement, which I love. Having said that, I enjoyed listening to each version in this thread. It's great we each play the same tune, with such different results.
  14. Frithjof
    Sherry, I’m really impressed how strive forward step by step. Nice recording!
  15. Christian DP
    Christian DP
    That was quite a complex version, Sherry, triplet scale runs, tremolo and all. Well executed, fine playing!
    John you are probably right, but analyzing my playing has helped me a lot, I'm just no natural talent.
  16. John Kelly
    John Kelly
    Christian, we all use whatever we have in our armouries and it is all completely valid if it gets us the results we want. I always enjoy your postings, playing and arrangements of the tunes you offer us.
  17. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Very nice Sherry, you seem quite comfortable with this recording business now. Well done.
  18. Sherry Cadenhead
    Sherry Cadenhead
    Thanks Frithjof, Christian and Simon! Simon, I'm making progress on the recording; however, it seems the video just appears, ready to import to YouTube, when I can't really figure out how I got there. And I'm still trying to figure out the best place to put my music.
  19. Michael Pastucha
    Michael Pastucha
    Well done!
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