Amazing Grace for 8-note Bells and Boomwhackers® (with Color Coded Notes)
Xylophone, Handbell, Orff instruments, Boomwhackers - Early Intermediate
Composed by John Newton. Arranged by Sharon Wilson. Romantic Period, Christian, Sacred, Repertoire, Children's Music. Score, Set of Parts. 10 pages. Published by Sharon Wilson (S0.225741).
Item Number: S0.225741
This sheet music is notated for handbells on one part and Boomwhackers® on a second part creating an instrumental ensemble. The two parts are interchangeable. Though this sheet music is notated for handbells and Boomwhackers®, this arrangement is playable by any 8-note, C major diatonic scale (one octave) instrument such as a xylophone or glockenspiel (though the color coding may not match).
Both parts play the melody for one verse beginning with part one (handbells) on the melody and part two (Boomwhackers®) on harmony. After a short interlude, part two plays the melody for the second verse while part one plays harmony. Included in this set of scores is a 3-page combined score with both parts on a grand staff plus a separate 2-page, 1-staff score for each individual part.
This set of scores uses colored noteheads corresponding to the Boomwhackers® color scheme. Handbells sold by “Rhythm Band” or “KidsPlay” also use this same color scheme (other brands may use different color schemes). Using color coded notes helps beginning musicians learn to read standard sheet music notation. This set of scores is also available (separate purchase) in black and white which will print clearer if you do not have access to a color printer.
Other suggestions and uses:
* have both parts played by bells or both parts played using only Boomwhackers®
* form a choir using multiple sets of bells and/or Boomwhackers® (this would amplify the sound and allow more people to participate)
* these colorful, inexpensive instruments can be enjoyed by all ages and add a fun, unique element to activities and programs: senior centers, family reunions, church retreats, home school groups, children’s ministries
The number of ringers and whackers needed will vary depending on the skill level of the participants. For more advanced players, each person could be assigned two or three notes. For beginners, it is best to assign one note to each person. Permission is granted to make up to 10 copies of each score. For more than 10 copies, please purchase additional sets.
This arrangement is one of the 10 hymns included in the collection “Ten Classic Hymns for Bells and Boomwhackers®.” Other titles in the collection (available separately with accompanying preview pages and audio samples):
Count Your Blessings
Holy, Holy, Holy
How Firm a Foundation
Nothing but the Blood
Ode to Joy
On Jordan’s Stormy Banks
Shall We Gather at the River
What a Wonderful Savior
Boomwhackers® is a registered trademark of Rhythm Band Instruments, LLC, Fort Worth, TX
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