Wonderful Tonight

Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton (Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson)

  • 20th December 2017
  • Songs

Wonderful Tonight appears on Eric Clapton's stunning album Slowhand and works superbly as a fingerstyle arrangement. This song is no. 3 on my Top 60 Fingerpicking Songs of ALL TIME list.

The song uses very straight forward chords and the entire piece contains only G, D, C and Em. So if you wanted to strum the piece it really wouldn't be all that difficult, however, as we are fingerpickers we combine the melody and the chords at the same time and essentially sing the melody with our fingers. This makes it a lot harder to play, but is tremendously fun and satisfying once mastered.

Wonderful Tonight facts:

  • Recorded in 1977
  • Written for Pattie Boyd
  • Key of G major
  • tempo = 96 bmp

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Let's first take a look at the intro/main melody of Wonderful Tonight:

Wonderful Tonight Intro

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In the video lessons I put the melody over the whole of the verse and while this sounds great, it wouldn't work so well if you wanted to sing the song. So for all you fingerpicking singers out there here is a verse for Wonderful Tonight that will accompany your voice nicely:

Wonderful Tonight


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And here is the full TAB for the verse played as fingerstyle:

Wonderful Tonight Verse

It is considerably harder if you want to play the all out fingerstyle rendition, but is well worth the extra effort. As with any song that you cover in a fingerpicking style you have to be completely true to the melody, this is probably the most important thing when covering a song fingerstyle - you MUST make your fingers sing the lyrics. Timing, accuracy and clarity of each note is essential.


Wonderful Tonight Bridge

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  1. Susan Powell left a comment on 3rd November 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Your lessons and song selections based on experience level are truly on point and well appreciated. Keep it up! I bought the best picking patterns course and am enjoying it thoroughly even though I’ve played fingerstyle for a couple of years now. Thank you!

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 4th November 2018 at 9:11 pm

      Thank you Susan, I’m really glad you’re enjoying the lessons and the course. It’s a pleasure making them for you!

  2. Craig left a comment on 1st December 2018 at 10:46 pm

    Hi, where can I see the full arrangement played for wonderful tonight?

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