Right Hand Technique for ‘Ukulele: A Detailed Guide to Strumming & Picking

“Amazing Grace” ‘Ukulele Chords And Tab

This is hands-down one of the shortest songs on this site. It’s also one of the most memorable and classic. The Amazing Grace ‘ukulele chords are easy and fun – perfect for beginners.

Try and make each chord as sweet as possible as your play it on your ‘ukulele. To do this you can try extending your strums so that they roll across the strings longer instead of plopping out in one go.

Also, be sure to fret each note as cleanly as possible. This will help the notes ring true and sound richer.

Amazing Grace ‘Ukulele Chords
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       C            F          C
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
                         G7
That saved a wretch like me.
     C               F       C
I once was lost, but now I'm found,
   (Am)        G7    C
Was blind, but now I see.

If you want to go beyond the ‘ukulele chords for Amazing Grace, you can learn to pick the melody with the tab below.

You’ll notice that the tab shows the notes predominantly on the A string. This means you’ll have to make some finger switches. Don’t just try to play everything with one finger!

For example, when you move up to the ‘ukulele’s 10th fret, shift your whole hand and play 10 with your pinky and then use your index finger to fret the 7th so that you can toggle back and forth between fingers. When you return to the 3rd fret you can shift back.

As you play the picking part on your ‘ukulele, be sure to pay close attention to how you fret the note. Press down in the center of the fret just hard enough to get a clean sound.

A |-------|--3-----------7--3----|--7-----5----|--3-----0----|-------------|
E |--3----|----------------------|-------------|-------------|--3-----3----|
C |-------|----------------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
G |-------|----------------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|

A |--3-----------7--3----|--7-----5----|--10----7----|--10-------7--10-7----|
E |----------------------|-------------|-------------|----------------------|
C |----------------------|-------------|-------------|----------------------|
G |----------------------|-------------|-------------|----------------------|

A |--3----------|--0--------3--3--0----|-------------|--3-----------7--3----|
E |--------3----|----------------------|--3-----3----|----------------------|
C |-------------|----------------------|-------------|----------------------|
G |-------------|----------------------|-------------|----------------------|

A |--7-----5----|--3----|-------||
E |-------------|-------|-------||
C |-------------|-------|-------||
G |-------------|-------|-------||

By Brad Bordessa

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I’m an ‘ukulele artist from Honoka’a, Hawai’i, where I run this site from a little plantation house in the jungle. I’ve taught workshops internationally, made Herb Ohta Jr. laugh until he cried, and once borrowed a uke to jam with HAPA onstage in my boardshorts. More about me