Learn how to play Tears In Heaven on one acoustic guitar!
‘Tears In Heaven’ is a single from the album Rush by Eric Clapton.
However, most people recognise the live version from the Unplugged Album.
Tears In Heaven chords form a genius progression that use small variations and slash chords to keep the harmonic interest on top.
Start your lesson by watching the video and try playing along with it. You will soon find how massive this tune is.
One of the genius harmonic tricks Tears In Heaven use is the key change from A major to G major during the M8 section. More about this in the Advanced Guitar Course.
Tears In Heaven Licks
Clapton’s main strength as a player are all those little tasteful embellishments he constantly add throughout ‘Tears In Heaven’.
What he does is adding notes from the modes around the chord shapes.
Tears In Heaven Finger Style Technique
The finger style arrangement is almost piano like in its approach, bass notes are alternated with the rest of the the chord.
Adding techniques as hammer on and pull off make it sound more guitar blues. Perhaps this is Clapton’s greatest strength, to fuse blues with traditional singer song writing.
To play this song well you need to work out exactly what the chords are and how the finger style pattern move though them.
Tears In Heaven is a bench mark song and there are more than one guitar lesson in this song, way too many complex details to get into here.
To begin with, the original live recording had two guitars and a full band playing so what you’ve seen here is a modification of all that to work on just one guitar.
To learn it exactly as it’s played in the video lessons there’s four lessons waiting for you in the Advanced Guitar Course.