Tears In Heaven chords by Eric Clapton


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Tears In Heaven | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| Aadd4 E/G# | F#m F#m/E | D/F# D/E E7 | A |

Verse 1

| Aadd4 E/G# | F#m A/E | D/F# A | E A/E E7 |
Would you know my name, if I saw you in heaven?
| Aadd4 E/G# | F#m A/E | D/F# A | E A/E E7 |
Would you feel the same, if I saw you in heaven?

Bridge 1

| F#m | C#/F | A7/E | F#7 F#7sus4 Bbm7 |
I must be strong and carry on, ’cause I
| Bm7 | Bm7/E |
know I don’t belong here in heaven.

Instrumental 1

| Aadd4 E/G# | F#m F#m/E | D/F# D/E E7 | A |

Verse 2

| Aadd4 E/G# | F#m A/E | D/F# A | E A/E E7 |
Would you hold my hand, if I saw you in heaven?
| Aadd4 E/G# | F#m A/E | D/F# A | E A/E E7 |
Would you help me stand, if I saw you in heaven?

Bridge 2

| F#m | C#/F | A7/E | F#7 F#7sus4 Bbm7 |
I’ll find my way through night and day, ’cause I
| Bm7 | Bm7/E |
know I just can’t stay here in heaven.

Instrumental 2

| Aadd4 E/G# | F#m F#m/E | D/F# D/E E7 | A |

Middle 8

| C G/B | Am D/F# | G D/F# | Em D/F# G |
Time can bring you down, time can bend your knees.
| C G/B | Am D/F# | G D/F# | E A/E E7 |
Time can break your heart, have you begging please, begging, please.

Solo

| Aadd4 E/G# | F#m A/E | D/F# A | E A/E E7 |
| Aadd4 E/G# | F#m A/E | D/F# A | E A/E E7 |

Bridge 3

| F#m | C#/F | A7/E | F#7 F#7sus4 Bbm7 |
Beyond the door, there’s peace I’m sure, and I
| Bm7 | Bm7/E |
know there’ll be no more tears in heaven.

Instrumental 3

| Aadd4 E/G# | F#m F#m/E | D/F# D/E E7 | A |

Verse 3

| Aadd4 E/G# | F#m A/E | D/F# A | E A/E E7 |
Would you know my name, if I saw you in heaven?
| Aadd4 E/G# | F#m A/E | D/F# A | E A/E E7 |
Would it be the same, if I saw you in heaven?

Bridge 4

| F#m | C#/F | A7/E | F#7 F#7sus4 Bbm7 |
I must be strong and carry on, ’cause I
| Bm7 | Bm7/E |
know I don’t belong here in heaven.

Outro

| A E/G# | F#m F#m/E | Bm7 | Bm7/E |
’cause I know I don’t belong here in heaven.
| A E/G# | F#m F#m/E | D/F# D/E E7 | A |


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Tears In Heaven chords and progressions (course preview)

Tears In Heaven 8 step by step guitar lessons

Tears In Heaven is a single from the soundtrack album Rush (1992) by Eric Clapton. However, most people recognize the live version from the Unplugged album released the same year.

The song forms a genius chord progression that uses small variations and slash chords to keep the harmonic interest on top.

For example, the key changes from A major to G major during the middle 8 section. To have the m8 section start on chord IV is truly a masterclass in modal interchange.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, let’s first look at the intro and verse sections as they make up the majority of the song. This is what the preview video lesson above is talking about.

Here are the intro chords:

| Aadd4 E/G# | F#m F#m/E | D/F# D/E E7 | A |

These chords will serve as a reminder if you focus on the intervals played, here displayed using TAB. This is example 1 in the course lesson (use the TAB loop in the playlist above to practice).

Tears In Heaven, intro chords and TAB

This is a descending progression starting on chord I – V/3 – VI – I/5 – IV/3 – Vsus4 – V – I. It’s the bass note using other intervals than the root of the chord that makes it descend, genius!

Now, let’s take a look at the verse chords, and notice how incredibly similar it is to what the intro set up. Clapton’s genius is in these tiny details!

||: Aadd4 E/G# | F#m A/E | D/F# A | E A/E E7 :||

Again, this will be all you need once you’ve studied the TAB and understood each chord.

Tear In Heaven, verse chords and TAB

In the course, you get a further 4 examples (with TAB and loops) for practising variations on this theme used during the verse, solo and outro.

Next, we learn the bridge and middle 8, this is all you need to play the complete song!

This is then followed by some scale practice before we learn Andy Fairweather-Low’s part as well. If you learn this, you, me, and the singer can play Tears In Heaven together, like a trio.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson series (members only): Tears In Heaven 8 step-by-step guitar lessons with TAB.

Become a member today and get unlimited access to all step-by-step guitar coursesTAB for the songbook, the Self-Eliminating Practice Routine, and the eBook Spytunes Method.

Tears In Heaven and the Unplugged album

Eric Clapton’s album Unplugged (1992), as a whole, is highly recommended. It contains a wealth of blues classics played by one of the best guitar players of all time.

Tunes like Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out, Malted Milk, Old Love, Before You Accuse Me, and Walking Blues demonstrate Clapton’s blues mastery.

As well as these blues classics, we also find an acoustic version of Layla and the aforementioned Tears In Heaven on this fantastic live album.

At the age of 15, I spent the summer learning the entire album using a TAB book and the CD, nothing has ever shaped me more as a guitarist.

Transcribing what Eric played and then modifying Andy Fairweather-Low’s part to make Tears In Heaven work as a two-guitar arrangement for my advanced acoustic course was an absolute pleasure.


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