You can learn how to play Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton!

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.

The song 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. this could be seen as a modal interchange.


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 a main strength of Clapton’s, to fuse the blues with more traditional singer-songwriting harmony.

Tears In Heaven is a real benchmark song, so much can be learned from it, far too many complex details to get into here.

To begin with, the original live recording had two guitars, what you’ve seen above 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 licks that he constantly adds to his songs.

Tears In Heaven is no exception. Clapton constantly 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 he delicately balances between blues and pop harmony.


Tears In Heaven – Guitar Lessons

Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton will soon be available as eight step by step guitar lessons.

Until then, there’s complete TAB for what I play in the video available.

Go to Tears In Heaven – Coming Soon.


Tears In Heaven – Lyrics

Would 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,
’cause I know I don’t belong here in heaven.

Go to Tears In Heaven – Lyrics.


Eric Clapton – Biography

As well as a member of bands like Derek & The Dominos, The Yardbirds and Cream, Clapton has successfully played sessions for more stars than any other guitar player.

His long career earned him three inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.

Go to Eric Clapton – Biography.


Advanced Acoustic – 18 Songs

You can learn how to play these 18 advanced acoustic songs!

Angel Eyes, Angels, Baby Won’t You Please Come Home, Blackbird, Cannonball, Don’t Wait Too Long, Dream A Little Dream Of Me, I Shot The Sheriff, I Wish, Over The Rainbow, Roxanne, Scarborough Fair, Sunshine Of Your Love, Take Me To The River, Tears In Heaven, Tenderness, Wish You Were Here, and Why Don’t You Do Right.

Go to Advanced Acoustic Songs.