“New Britain” (Amazing Grace): a fingerstyle ukulele rendition

“New Britain” was originally a pentatonic folk tune, with melodic figures that outline triads: probably it was sung slowly with grace notes and melodic embellishments.

In 1835 William Walker assigned to this song the words of the hymn “Amazing Grace” written by the English poet and clergyman John Newton, to create the version we know today, which appeared for the first time in Walker’s tunebook “Southern Harmony” in 1847.

My rendition, in F major, allow to perform this famous tune with a very small work of left hand: almost all melody is included into the chords structure.


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