Wonderful Tonight - Flat Picking version
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TAB: Wonderful Tonight
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This is a medium to slow ‘flat picking (plectrum) version of the global hit by Eric Clapton “Wonderful Tonight”. It contains
the well know chorus, just one verse, a ‘bridge and finishes with the chorus.
You can extend the tune by simply playing the chorus followed by the verse, chorus again, Bridge, then another verse
and finally finish with the chorus. If playing an electric guitar you can give verse 2 a different tonality by selecting a
The reason for choosing this tune is to gain experience playing solo lead lines over ‘chordal pedal’ notes. This offers the
best of both worlds (harmony and solo melody) for practicing your vibrato/sustain etc), and the left hand ‘pinky’ gets a
good work out as well!
The slow tempo will also improve your plectrum skills because as in all ‘Flat picking’ arrangements it is important to target
the correct melody notes within chords whilst avoiding accidentally playing chord notes that clash with the melody.
The original tune is in the key of G Major, but this arrangement is in the key of C Major to allow for playing some ‘open
strings’. This allows some notes to ‘ring’ into the next note, typical of flat picking and finger style arrangements.
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