Wonderful Tonight chords by Eric Clapton

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Wonderful Tonight | Chords + Lyrics


||: G | D/F# | C | D :||

Verse 1

| G | D/F# | C | D |
It’s late in the evening, she’s wondering what clothes to wear.
| G | D/F# | C | D |
She puts on her makeup and brushes her long blonde hair.

Chorus 1

| C | D | G D/F# | Em |
And then she asks me “Do I look all right?”.And I say,
| C | D |
“Yes, you look wonderful tonight”.

Instrumental 1

| G | D/F# | C | D |

Verse 2

| G | D/F# | C | D |
We go to a party and everyone turns to see.
| G | D/F# | C | D |
This beautiful lady, who’s walking around with me.

Chorus 2

| C | D | G D/F# | Em |
And then she asks me “Do you feel all right?”.
| C | D | G | D/F# |
And I say, “Yes, I feel wonderful tonight”.

Middle 8

| C | D | G D/F# | Em |
I feel wonderful because I see the love light in your eyes.
| C | D | C | D |
Then the wonder of it all is that you just don’t realize, how much I love you.

Instrumental 2

||: G | D/F# | C | D :||

Verse 3

| G | D/F# | C | D |
It’s time to go home now and I’ve got an aching head.
| G | D/F# | C | D |
So I give her the car keys and she helps me to bed.

Chorus 3

| C | D | G D/F# | Em |
And then I tell her, as I turn out the light.
| C | D | G D/F# | Em |
I say, “My darling you were wonderful tonight”
| C | D |
“Oh, my darling, you were wonderful tonight”


||: G | D/F# | C | D :|| G |

Wonderful Tonight Chords: Learn the progressions

Wonderful Tonight guitar lesson + TAB

This minimalistic ballad is hit writing at its best, the chords are obvious and the guitar melody hits all the money notes.

The chord progressions develop in a minimalistic way throughout, starting off with the section used for the intro, verse, instrumental and outro, which is just this:

||: G (I) | D/F# (V/3) | C (IV) | D (V) :||

The chorus cleverly moves in the same way, but starts on a different chord, the C, like this:

C (IV) | D (V) | G (I) D/F# (V/3) |
Em (VI) | C (IV) | D (V) |

Only the Em chord is new, the G and D/F# now share a bar – genius!

Members get a full chord analysis as well as a deep dive into the intro melody using TAB.

First, we play it just using the basic notes, recognizing how the intervals hit the chord notes, like this:

Wonderful Tonight chords melody exercise 1, with intervals.

Once Wonderful Tonight‘s guitar melody is established, and you can see all intervals as displayed above, we develop it using various forms of expression techniques such as slides, hammer-ons, and vibrato.

Should you want to go even deeper, you can play that melody using different expression techniques in the remaining four CAGED shapes. Each shape will give you different options.

If you do this to enough songs, you will greatly improve as an improviser.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson: Wonderful Tonight – Guitar Lesson with TAB.

Did Wonderful Tonight lead to George Harrison’s divorce from Patti Boyd?

Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton is a single from his 1977 album Slowhand.

This was Eric’s fifth solo album which also contained two other classics, Lay Down Sally and J.J. Cale’s Cocaine.

Written about Patti Boyd who was married to George Harrison but divorced him the same year Wonderful Tonight was released. Two years later she married Eric.

How much the tune itself played a part in this may be best left unsaid, but it can’t have helped heal the relationship between George and Patti!

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Intermediate Acoustic

There are many more Intermediate Acoustic Songs with chords similar to Wonderful Tonight.

Most intermediate acoustic tunes can’t be played using just basic open-position chords. We have to move up the fretboard and play CAGED barre chords as well.

We incorporate bass lines, add licks, extend chords, and play vocal melodies. Most importantly, we’ll invent second guitar parts and play these songs together.

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Eric Clapton tunes

Eric Clapton wrote Wonderful Tonight.

As well as a member of bands like Derek & The Dominos, The Yardbirds, and Cream, Eric 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.

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Ballads & First Dances

When you can play Wonderful Tonight, check out these Ballads as well.

The perfect first dance or an emotional piece for your next audition, this collection of Ballads & First Dances is great for working on your expression.

Learn tunes from Burt Bacharach, Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Eva Cassidy, Ben Harper, Etta James, Chet Baker, Elvis, Norah Jones, and many more.

Pop & Rock

There are many more Pop & Rock tunes with chords similar to Wonderful Tonight.

Whenever a tune doesn’t fit into a specific genre, it tends to end up here, in the Pop & Rock section.

Learn tunes from Tom Petty, Eagles, Toto, Oasis, Elvis, Clapton, John Mayer, Kings Of Leon, R.E.M., Radiohead, Bruno Mars, and more.

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