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Songbook Review: Amazing Grace
Pam Asberry
Cover image of the songbook Amazing Grace by Pam Asberry
Amazing Grace
Pam Asberry
2021 / Optimistic Flamingo
57 pages / 18 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
Pam Asberry's Amazing Grace songbook is the companion sheet music book to her 2021 solo piano recording by the same name. All eighteen hymns from the album are included, transcribed note-for-note to match the recording as closely as possible (Pam transcribed the songs and I proofed them, so I can say that with complete confidence!). Pam's arrangements of these hymns - most of them classics - are true to the originals with some updated stylizations, making them very suitable for church services as solos or as accompaniments for singers or other instrumentalists. They are all 2-4 pages long and none are difficult to play, so they are also very suitable for teaching pieces that more advanced students can easily grasp and those at an upper-intermediate playing level and above can perfect without frustration. (Pam is a long-time piano teacher and adjudicator herself.)

The printed songbooks are spiral-bound and include the beautiful cover artwork and graphics by Matt Strieby, an "About the Music" page, and an "About Pam" page. The notation itself is well-spaced, very clear and uncluttered. Metronome settings are included, and dynamics and other expression are also clearly marked. It's a really great book for church pianists and for teaching as well as for home use and personal enjoyment. The printed books are available from www.PamAsberry.com and Pam's page on Bandcamp. The individual pieces can be downloaded on SheetMusicPlus.com. Highly recommended!

The song titles, the key(s) they are in, and the number of pages are:

Be Still My Soul - Key of F (1 flat) - 3 pages
What A Friend We Have in Jesus - Key of F (1 flat) - 4 pages
The Old Rugged Cross - Key of Bb (2 flats) - 4 pages
All Glory, Laud and Honor - Key of Bb (2 flats)/ C (0 sharps or flats) - 4 pages
It Is Well With My Soul - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 2 pages
My Shepherd, You Supply My Need - Key of A minor (0 sharps or flats) - 2 1/2 pages
Jesus Loves Me - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 3 pages
Jesus Christ Is Risen Today - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 2 pages
Guide Me, Ever Great Redeemer - Key of G (1 sharp) - 3 pages
All Creatures of Our God and King - Key of D (2 sharps) - 3 pages
Holy, Holy, Holy - Key of D (2 sharps) - 3 pages
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God - Key of D (2 sharps)/ Eb (3 flats) - 3 pages
Beautiful Savior - Key of Eb (3 flats) - 3 pages
Thine Is the Glory - Key of Eb (3 flats) - 2 pages
Abide With Me - Key of Eb (3 flats) - 3 pages
Ah, Holy Jesus - Key of F minor (4 flats) - 3 pages
Amazing Grace - Key of F (1 flat) - 2 pages
Just as I Am - Key of Bb (2 flats) - 3 pages
November 3, 2021
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