Tears In Heaven

Tears In Heaven

Chords and fingerstyle arrangement

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Tears In Heaven chords and fingerstyle arrangement


‘Tears In Heaven’ is a single from the album ‘Rush’ by Eric Clapton. However, most people recognize the live version from the ‘Eric Clapton Unplugged’ album.

‘Tears In Heaven’ forms a genius chord progression that uses small variations and slash chords to keep the harmonic interest on top.

One of the genius harmonic tricks that ‘Tears In Heaven’ uses is the key change from A major to G major during the m8 section.

Fingerstyle technique

The fingerstyle arrangement is almost piano-like in its approach, bass notes are alternated with the rest of the chord.

Adding techniques such as hammer-ons and pull-offs make it sound more guitar and bluesy.

This is yet another strength of Clapton’s, to fuse the blues with more modern singer-songwriting techniques.

‘Tears In Heaven’ is a real benchmark song, so much can be learned from it. However, there are far too many complex details to get into right now.

To begin with, the original live recording had two guitars, what you’ve seen here is a modification, made to work on just one acoustic guitar.

Tears In Heaven licks

Eric Clapton’s main strength as a player lies within all of those tasteful little embellishments that he constantly adds to songs.

‘Tears In Heaven’ is no exception. As always, Clapton adds notes from the modal scales around the chord shapes.

In the last lick of the song, Clapton follows the A major scale but still relies heavily on the Major Pentatonic. This final lick is a great example of how Clapton delicately balances between blues and pop harmony.

To learn it and all other sections of the song, exactly as it’s played in the video lessons, there are four lessons waiting for you in the advanced course.

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Tears In Heaven – Lyrics

Tears In HeavenWould you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would you feel the same
If I saw you in heaven?
I must be strong and carry on

For complete lyrics, go to Tears In Heaven lyrics.

Eric Clapton – Biography

eric-clapton-thumbAs well as being in bands like Derek & The Dominos, The Yardbirds and Cream, Clapton has successfully played sessions for more stars than any other guitar player ever lived.

Clapton’s long career has earned him not one, not two but three inductions into the ‘Rock and Roll’ Hall Of Fame (as a solo artist with Yardbirds and Cream).

To find out more, go to Eric Clapton biography.


Learning how to play guitar is best done through playing and learning from songs.

The advanced songs require you to learn 7th note chords and modal scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fretboard.

To see all lessons in the advanced course, go to Advanced Guitar Course


These are pretty advanced exercises. You’ll be playing 7th note chords, arpeggios and modes all over the neck.

But don’t fret – As you’ve already mapped out the fretboard with pentatonic scales and barre chords, extending the concept is actually really simple.

Preview the exercises from the course here: Advanced Guitar Lessons


Learn how to play famous advanced songs.

‘Angels’, ‘Baby Won’t You Please Come Home’, ‘Blackbird’, ‘Cannonball’, ‘Close To You’, ‘Creepin’ In’, ‘Don’t Wait Too Long’, ‘I Shot The Sheriff’, ‘Over The Rainbow’, ‘Roxanne’, ‘Scarborough Fair’, ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’, ‘Take Me To The River’, ‘Tears In Heaven’, and ‘Wish You Were Here’.

To preview each song, go to Advanced Acoustic Songs

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