Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton [Easy Beginner Guitar Lesson & Chords]

by IanM on March 31, 2011

An easy beginner guitar tutorial to help you learn the song Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton on guitar fast with easy chords options, no complicated theory and without a capo (if you don’t have one or don’t want to use one).

Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton (Easy Chords – No Capo)

  • Chords & Lyrics: Click Here
  • Easy Chords (4): G, D, Em and C
  • Easier Chords (4): G, Dsus4, Em7 and Cadd9
  • Chords For Original Song (With Capo): No Capo needed
  • Chords For Original Song (No Capo): Use above chords
  • Original Song Key: G Key

Beginner Guitar Lesson FAQ

WHERE CAN I GET EASY GUITAR CHORDS FOR ” WONDERFUL TONIGHT ” BY ERIC CLAPTON?

Click here for Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton Guitar Chords

This song can be played with just 4 basic chords. Great for beginners who want to practice the normal “G”, “D”, “Em”, and “C” chords.

HOW DO I  PLAY “WONDERFUL TONIGHT” By ERIC CLAPTON SO IT SOUNDS THE SAME AS THE ORIGINAL SONG?

Just use the recommended chords above.

IS THERE AN EASIER WAY TO PLAY ” WONDERFUL TONIGHT ” BY ERIC CLAPTON ON GUITAR?

Instead of using the G, D, Em and C chords, try using G, Dsus4, Em7 and Cadd9 instead.

Beginners who have trouble with chord changes tend to find these chords easier to play as you only need to change the position of 2 fingers instead of 4 throughout the song.

HOW DO I SING ” WONDERFUL TONIGHT ” BY ERIC CLAPTON WITHOUT STRAINING MY VOICE?

Not everyone is going to be able to sing the song “Wonderful Tonight” exactly the same way as Eric Clapton can. While there are many people who can sing in the same range and pitch as her, there are many more who can’t.

If you are one of these people then here is some advice for you.

In order to comfortably sing and play the song, you are going to need to transpose the song to a “key” or pitch which you can comfortably sing in.

For example, the original “Wonderful Tonight” song is sung in the key of G. If while singing the song you find that you can sing most of the notes but start to strain your voice when trying to sing the high notes, then you need to pick a lower key to sing the song in.

The idea with transposing songs is to move the highest and lowest notes in a song into your own personal singing range.

Transposing a song can be done quickly and easily if you have a capo. By clipping the capo at different positions on the neck of the guitar you can change the song key without changing the chords you press.

This is recommended for beginners who want to play guitar songs using only easy chords.

HOW DO I TRANSPOSE AND PLAY ” WONDERFUL TONIGHT ” BY ERIC CLAPTON ON GUITAR WITHOUT A CAPO?

Below I have transposed the chords for you so just pick a key and use the chords listed below.

Use the recommended chords as a reference and change each chord to their equivalent chord in the song key you want to sing and play in.

For example, if you want to play in the A key instead of the recommended G key, change  G to A, D to E, Em to F#m and so on. Refer to the list below.

For beginners, my recommendation is to try to use the chords in the C, D or G keys as these don’t use bar chords which can be hard to press if you just started playing:

  1. C Key - C. G, Am, F <–Alternative easy option
  2. D Key – D, A, Bm, G
  3. E  Key – E, B, C#m, A
  4. F Key – F, C, Dm, A#
  5. G Key – G, D, Em, C <– These are the chords for the original song (recommended chords)
  6. A Key – A, E, F#m, D
  7. B Key – B, F#, G#m, E

The song will sound different (higher or lower) for each key so be prepared to adjust your singing to match.

Help Me Dude – I’m a COMPLETE beginner and still need help

  1. Check out the beginner lessons on the site to see if they help
  2. Send me an email through the contact form here and I’ll do my best to help answer your question (silly questions allowed).

Back to the song list!

Original Song – Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton in the key of G

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    Alexa June 22, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    What’s the strumming pattern?

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    Glen February 4, 2012 at 11:45 am

    whats the strumming pattern for wonderful tonight

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    IanM February 13, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Try using the strumming pattern below:

    down down DOWN down

    Refer to this video for a demonstration of how it works:
    http://learnguitarfasttips.com/1073/strumming-pattern-2-exercise/

    For most chords, you will be playing ddDd twice per chord, but for some chords you’ll only play ddDd once.
    Basically if you kept playing ddDd for the entire song, you’d be fine. Hope this helps. :)

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    Doug Limeberry March 29, 2014 at 3:45 am

    Great instruction but learning the strumming very important as u get better on different songs it is very important

    Reply

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