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 A/E | D/F# A | E A/E E7 |

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: Learn the progressions


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 as you can play along with the TAB loop above and get going playing Tears In Heaven, just like Eric Clapton did.

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.

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, very clever.

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.

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, which 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: Tears In Heaven – Guitar Lessons with TAB.



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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Study these in-depth and you will gain a complete understanding of the guitar fretboard, including how to build any scale, arpeggio, or chord.


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Eric Clapton wrote Tears In Heaven.

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