Guitar lesson for
Total Eclipse of the Heart
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Capo 1st fret
If you want to play along with Bonnie Tyler’s recorded version of the song, you’ll need to put a capo on the 1st fret and use all chords and tabs below. You could also not use a capo and use the chords - but note you’ll be in a different key than the album version of this song (which may not be a big deal unless you’re trying to play along with it).
Intro riff, simplified
Put your left hand in the A-minor position, and play the riff as follows. Note that you want to omit the high E-string, and accent the thinnest string (in each strum) to drive the melody notes home.
E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– B –––––––1––0––––––––––1––0–––––– G –––––––2––2––2–––––––2––2––2––– D –––––2–––––––2–––––2–––––––2––– ...repeat as desired A –––0–––––––––––––0––––––––––––– E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Am
E –––0––––3––––0––––––––––––––4––––0––––2––––0––––2––––2–––– B –––1––––3––––1––––3––––8––––4––––0––––3––––2––––0––––3–––– G –––2––––0––––0––––3––––8––––5––––0––––2––––0––––2––––2–––– D –––2––––0––––2––––3––––8––––6––––2––––0––––2––––1––––0–––– A –––0––––2––––3––––1––––6––––6––––2–––––––––0––––2––––0–––– E ––––––––3–––––––––––––––––––4––––0–––––––––––––––––––2–––– Am G C Bb Eb Ab Em D A7 B7 D/F#
I keep the strumming pattern quite simple:
D = downstrum U = upstrum D D D U 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
That same pattern, as if spoken out loud, would be this (keep on repeating it):
Down... down, down up down... down, down up down... down, down up down...
Quite simply, there are a lot of sections of this song. Here’s the high-level guide, with chord progression for each section:
"Turnaround, every now & then I get a little bit lonely..." Am . . . Am . . . G . . . G . . . x2 "Turnaround, every now & then I get a little bit nervous..." C . . . C . . . Bb . . . Bb . . . x2 "Turn around, bright eyes..." Eb . . . Ab . . . Ab . . . x2
"I need you now tonight, and I need you more than ever..." G . . . Em . . . C . . . D . . . x3 "Together we can take it to the end of the line..." C . . . D . . . Em . . . A7 . . . x2 "I really need you tonight, forever's gonna start tonight..." G . . . D . G . C . . . D . . .
"Once upon a time I was falling in love..." G . . . Em . . . B7 . . . C . . . "Nothing I can do, a total eclipse of the heart..." Am . . . D . . . G . . . Em . . . C . . . D . . .
Lyrics w/ chords
VERSE Am G Turnaround, every now & then I get a little bit lonely and you're never coming round Am G Turnaround, every now & then I get a little bit tired of listening to the sound of my tears C Bb Turnaround, every now & then I get a little bit nervous that the best of all the years have gone by C Bb Turnaround, every now & then I get a little bit terrified and then I see the look in your eyes Eb Ab Turnaround, bright eyes... but every now and then I fall apart Eb Ab Turnaround, bright eyes... every now and then I fall apart CHORUS G Em C D ...And I need you now tonight, and I need you more than ever G Em C D ...And if you only hold me tight, we'll be holding on forever G Em C D ...And we'll only be making it right, because we'll never be wrong C D Together we can take it to the end of the line Em A7 Your love is like a shadow on me all of the time C D I don't know what to do and I'm always in the dark Em A7 We're living in a powder keg and giving off sparks G I really need you tonight D/F# G C D Forever's gonna start tonight, forever's gonna start tonight ENDING G Em B7 C Once upon a time I was falling in love, but now I'm only falling apart Am D G Em C D And there's nothing I can do, a total eclipse of the heart G Em B7 C Once upon a time there was light in my life, but now there's only love in the dark Am D G Em C D Nothing I can say, a total eclipse of the heart
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