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’s chords, progressions, and TAB

Wonderful Tonight Analysis + TAB

Super-simple 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 previously married to George Harrison but divorced him the same year Wonderful Tonight was released to marry Clapton two years later.

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

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.

Once the melody is established, we develop it using various forms of expression techniques such as slides, hammer on’s, and vibrato.

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

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Wonderful Tonight chord analysis and TAB.

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