Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight Easy Version
Welcome to my “Wonderful Tonight” Guitar Lesson + Tutorial, by Eric Clapton. This song has 4 chords which make up the most common chord progression on guitar: G Em C D. A soft-rock classic by old slowhand himself, this easy acoustic version is perfect for a beginner who is just getting started on guitar and wants to improve your chord switching skills!
“Wonderful Tonight” CHORDS: G, Em, C, D
“Wonderful Tonight” STRUMMING PATTERN: D Du-uDu
“Wonderful Tonight” TAB can be found in the video lesson, scrolling along at the top of the screen.
“Wonderful Tonight” FULL SONG PLAY-THROUGH (play along with me, from start-to-finish) available on my Patreon pageClick here
“Wonderful Tonight” TABLE OF CONTENTS
- 0:00 – INTRO
- 1:56 – CHORDS+SWITCHING TIPS
- 3:02 – SWITCHING PRACTICE
- 3:42 – STRUMMING PATTERN
- 5:26 – VERSE PLAY-ALONG
- 6:06 – THE CHORUS
- 7:37 – CHORUS PLAY-ALONG
- 8:14 – THE BRIDGE
- 9:03 – SONG FORM
- 10:57 – RESOURCES
The lesson begins with the chord shapes. The verse uses three easy basic chords: G C D. It’s the same simple progression over and over. We work out the switches and we practice it using downstrokes only. Then we add the strumming pattern.
This song uses the most common strumming pattern ever. We break it down, count it out and learn how to feel it to properly before applying it to our simple three chord progression.
Next, we learn the chorus which uses one more chord shape, E minor. Combined with G, C and D, this makes the most common chord progression ever. You will find this four chord combo in a million songs! We practice the chord switching and then we add the strumming pattern.
The only part we have left to learn is the bridge. This part is very similar to the chorus. We figure it out, practice it, and then we put the entire song together.