Eric Clapton Signe

Signe by Eric Clapton (Acoustic Guitar Lesson with TABS)

Signe was written by Eric Clapton in 1992 after the tragic death of his son Conor. Clapton opened with the song for his MTV unplugged live album and played the piece as a beautiful ensemble with fellow guitarist Andy Fairweather Low. Throughout the concert these two masterful musicians performed acoustic versions of Eric's songs and covers of traditional blues numbers. If you have never heard the album then you absolutely must, it went on to become the most successful live album of all time.

Signe is no. 48 on my Top 60 Fingerpicking Songs of ALL TIME list. If you've not seen the list be sure to check it out and sign up to my weekly email lesson. That way you won't miss learning any of these great fingerstyle songs.

This song may sounds pretty straight forward when you listen to it but it certainly has its challenging moments. I think one of the hardest things to master is the timing, it's very syncopated throughout and there's a lot of tying across bars going on. Also, the structure of the song is somewhat confusing and will likely take a bit of work but I'm sure with a bit of practice you'll get it down!

Signe Song Details:

  • Key - A major
  • Tempo - roughly 176 bpm
  • Tuning - standard
  • Difficulty - Intermediate - advanced

Intro:

Really the intro is just two chords (A and A/E) but as you can see from the score the rhythm is pretty busy. Make sure that you get this section of the song mastered before moving on, as it'll make learning the rest of it easier.

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Verse:

A lot of chord movement going on here and often times they change on the '&' counts. This will likely be tricky. It's best to just try and feel the rhythm, as counting may trip you up.


Bridge:

The C#m7 really adds a great lift when the bridge comes along. It's no harder than any other part of the song but it's far from easy!


Outro:

For the ending you repeat this progression six times. Halfway through on the fourth time round you want to play a little softer and decrease the volume. It's a nice, very tasteful little touch that's well worth getting in.

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If you have any questions or want to share anything at all, then please leave a comment below.

I hope you've found this lesson useful and thank you for reading.

 

  1. normac left a comment on 27th November 2018 at 5:22 pm

    hi, I have to do this piece for an exam and couldn’t get it until I found your lesson. Ive learned more in an hour on this than I thought possible. Thank you.
    PS is that an APX 5 (6) 00 your playing?
    cheers

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 27th November 2018 at 6:43 pm

      Hey, well I’m really glad that I’ve been able to help you out. I’ve always loved this song!

      It’s a CPX 500vs. Similar to an APX I guess.

      Thanks a lot.

  2. Jens vester left a comment on 9th December 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Thank you for the great work it must have been, and all for free. This is so great!

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 13th December 2019 at 10:46 am

      You’re welcome Jens.

  3. Leo left a comment on 12th December 2019 at 1:07 pm

    To be honest this is the best guitar tutorial I have ever seen. You are great at playing and explaining, thank you so much for uploading!

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 13th December 2019 at 10:47 am

      Thanks Leo, I’m really pleased that you like my lessons.

  4. Tom left a comment on 19th February 2020 at 3:02 pm

    May have ruined this great song for my wife who has had to listen to my relentless practice! Got it down now and am well pleased. Really clear and thorough lesson. Huge Thanks

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 25th February 2020 at 11:09 am

      Thanks Tom, really glad you enjoyed the lesson.

  5. Stuart Robinson left a comment on 11th April 2020 at 9:25 pm

    Really truly! Free ? Wow, Enjoyed learning this from you, thank you so much!

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 12th April 2020 at 6:54 pm

      It’s a pleasure Stuart.

  6. FERNANDEZ left a comment on 13th June 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Great lesson, thank you very much. In your opinion what is the best type of string to fingerpicking? Mine is too hard to make it (0.12).

    Thanks

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 18th June 2020 at 7:01 pm

      Thanks, glad you enjoyed it. I think the best type of string for fingerpicking is the one you like the best. Try loads and pick your favourite.

  7. aytekin durmaz left a comment on 18th June 2020 at 4:29 am

    thank you so much. it is very helpful.

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 18th June 2020 at 6:59 pm

      Pleasure.

  8. Zephan left a comment on 21st July 2020 at 11:07 pm

    Love this. So annoying when tutorials insult your intelligence by over explaining the simplest concepts.

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 23rd July 2020 at 11:44 am

      Thanks Zephan, glad you like it.

  9. Ryan Cotter left a comment on 14th October 2020 at 4:05 pm

    Thanks. Great tutorial. Really cool to see how you continue to reply to comments left on a year old tutorial.

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 16th October 2020 at 10:42 am

      Thanks Ryan, glad you like the lesson. It’s a great song this one.

  10. Ray left a comment on 19th October 2020 at 5:17 am

    Hey, thanks for the fantastic tutorial. I must be going crazy but I can no longer find the tab on the page?

    Cheers!

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 20th October 2020 at 2:03 pm

      Hey Ray, all the remaining free tabs were removed due to copyright laws. They’ll be back soon but they won’t be free anymore I’m afraid.

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