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Tears in Heaven – instrumental on electric guitar

Instrumental version of Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton played on electric guitar by Jim Signorile – but played finger style with an acoustic tone. I played this over a minimal rhythmic backing track on my Clapton signature strat named GOLDIE. I learned this song when I learned of the imminent passing of my wife’s 106 year old grandmother, and I played it at her bedside – at the family’s request – 2 days before she went to heaven. This is my first video and first webcam recording, so I apologize for any mistakes and for not focusing in on the guitar more and less on my frowny face! This is a 320×240 size WMV, and hopefully it won’t be shown at a larger size or it will look a bit fuzzy.

Tags: tears, guitar, heaven, electric, instrumental

24 comments

  • vin4be2 · July 26, 2012 at 2:34 am

    do you have the guitar tabs for me?

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  • peterrosen · July 26, 2012 at 2:57 am

    Really Great on all fronts! Keep posting. You might consider after a performance, commenting on how you learned it (as you wrote) and any especially challenging passages that would stump a less accomplished player. Playing an electric is unforgiving re fingering & clean playing; you’ve obviously been at it for a while! Mahalo!

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  • marls33 · July 26, 2012 at 3:55 am

    Absolutely beautiful, we played this at my sons funeral, your rendition is great thankyou for posting it. Marls33

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  • lylahizzeta · July 26, 2012 at 4:15 am

    By the way were did you get that backing track.

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  • lylahizzeta · July 26, 2012 at 4:37 am

    Very lovely thank you for posting :)

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  • JamesSig · July 26, 2012 at 5:10 am

    I am about to post something today! — Thanks so much!! — Jim S

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  • JamesSig · July 26, 2012 at 5:55 am

    - I not sure if you’re saying that *I* said it wasn’t well-tuned, when you say ….** if you say so…** It may be it wasn’t tuned right before this “take” since – as I said in my comments - this was only a “rehearsal” to get comfortable playing in front of the web-cam & wasn’t meant to be uploaded. But it turned out better than the well-tuned *real* takes after it, so it was used. *I* didn’t say it wasn’t well-tuned before, but now I’ll say I’m sorry it’s not well-tuned!

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  • AndreasStefanOlsson · July 26, 2012 at 6:07 am

    The guitar dosen’t sound so well-tund if you say so… Sorry..

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  • JamesSig · July 26, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Thank you my friends! My love and heartfelt appreciation to you all!! Your comments make all the OTHER stuff that I have to go through to do this worth it. :) Music is so bittersweet – from pain comes beauty, and beauty can often lead to pain.. That is life! And thus I believe there truly are tears in heaven, for us who have not yet made that voyage to the place where the is no more tears or suffering.
    Jim

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  • lhemeon · July 26, 2012 at 7:12 am

    This is really good. Hope you keep posting

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  • JamesSig · July 26, 2012 at 8:09 am

    So many thanks!!! I really really appreciate the time each of you has taken to write SO MUCH AND SO KINDLY – and will do my best to get to all your sites as well.

    THANK you from the bottom of my heart!!!
    JIM S

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  • yetanothersongwriter · July 26, 2012 at 9:03 am

    That is a great performance!
    A.D

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  • dirtycrawlers100 · July 26, 2012 at 9:26 am

    very skilful!

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  • JamesSig · July 26, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Thank you very much!! And also thanks to the posters below (JaguarStupid, joyspinjodian, davidiiao623 – and any others I missed) for all your most kind comments too! I’m a behind online, so it’s nothing personal, just me not keeping up with those things I should be keeping up with! And that goes for the private comments on my channel as well – I will get to them. I’m sorry!
    Thanks again!
    Jim

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  • BENIBANEZ · July 26, 2012 at 10:08 am

    nice song

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  • JamesSig · July 26, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Thanks!! I really don’t know how I’d do that, as I didn’t learn it, or play it, from any one particular set of tabs or music score.  I looked and tried out a bunch of them and took the best of each, and added in my own ways of doing some parts that I couldn’t find written down well. One hint – it’s all in knowing the chords it’s based on, go from that as step one and listen to EC over and over :) and you’ll know you’ve got it when it feels RIGHT to YOU.Sorry I can’t do more …

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  • exhibitcraft · July 26, 2012 at 11:00 am

    You’re amazing, can you teach me?

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  • exhibitcraft · July 26, 2012 at 11:46 am

    You’re amazing, can you teach me?

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  • davidliao623 · July 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    beautiful

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  • joyspinjodian · July 26, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Good job! Check out my instrumental arrangements please :)

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  • JaguarStupid · July 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    very nice sounds good :)

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  • JamesSig · July 26, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Hey again my friend! Well, ALL the tabs for this song are “generic”- assuming you’re using an acoustic instrument (and Clapton actually used nylon strings when he first played it – as on a classical guitar) so making the switch to using an electric doesn’t as much mean different tabs or necessarily using different strings or frets for different chord inversions, etc – but getting the tone, and thus the FEELING right for how YOU want to interpret EC’s song and get it aross to others!

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  • Reap0xide · July 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Wow, good job mate! But it’s pretty hard because when i search tabs they’re all for acoustic guitars, and i don’t like how they play it there..

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  • JamesSig · July 26, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I wish I could… but there is no one set of tabs I used to learn this. I needed to learn it & on the web found LOTS of different people’s tabbed interpretations of it, none of which I felt was IT. But after playing through it MANY ways, I started finding bits I did like & eventually I “got it”. Once I was sure of the chords & inversions to use, the rest was based on those and listening to & watching Clapton, and filling in the spaces until it sounded right to me. I never tabbed it.

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