Tears In Heaven

Learn How To Play Tears In Heaven

Chords and finger style arrangement

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Tears In Heaven chords and finger style 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.

Finger style technique

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

Adding techniques such as hammer-on’s and pull-off’s 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 HeavenWould you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would you feel the same
If I saw you in heaven?

Go to Tears In Heaven lyrics.

Eric Clapton

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).

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 fret board.

Go to Advanced guitar course.


You can learn how to play these advanced songs on the acoustic guitar.

Angels, Baby Won’t You Please Come Home, Blackbird, Cannonball, 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.

Go to Advanced acoustic songs.

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