Eric Clapton Volume 1
This new lessons package includes 10 Eric Clapton song lessons
Lesson 1: Hey Hey (Big Bill Broonzy)
Hey Hey was written by Big Bill Broonzy and is one of his most popular songs, partly due to Eric Clapton's Unplugged album, which featured quite a few classic blues tunes. It is 12 Bar Blues in the key of E, and is a great example of Big Bill's style, using the thumb to create a driving percussion sound, rather than the more harmonic, alternating bass sound.
Lesson 2: Badge (Cream)
Badge is one of a few collaborative efforts by Eric Clapton and George Harrison. It appeared on the last Cream album, Goodbye Cream, released in early 1969 after the breakup of the band. This lesson covers a basic way and a more advanced way of strumming the verse, as well as the arpeggiated bridge to the song.
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Lesson 3: Before You Accuse Me (Bo Diddley)
Before You Accuse Me is a classic 12-Bar-Blues tune written by Bo Diddley in the late 1950s. This lesson is based on the version that Eric Clapton did on his Unplugged album. Neil shows some of the licks and techniques that are commonly used in this type of song, and leaves it up to the student to develop and expand on the concepts.
Lesson 4: San Francisco Bay Blues (Jesse Fuller)
San Francisco Bay Blues was written by Jesse Fuller, a songwriter and one-man-band who lived in the Bay Area until his death in 1976. His songs were very popular with San Francisco bands of the 60s and 70s- Hot Tuna, the Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead, to name a few. This song became his most famous and has been recorded by dozens of artists over the last 50 years. This lesson is based on Eric Clapton's version on his 'Unplugged' album. It features basic chords in the key of C, and uses a country-style strumming pattern.
Lesson 5: Tears in Heaven
Tears In Heaven is one of Eric Clapton's most heartfelt songs, and a great addition to the world songbook. The guitar accompaniment is a challenging undertaking for most guitar students, but completely accessible with a bit of work. This lesson looks specifically at much of wht Eric plays, but mostly addresses fingerpicking styles that can be used for this type of song.
Lesson 6: Can't Find My Way Home (Steve Winwood)
Can't Find My Way Home appeared on the one and only Blind Faith album in 1969. This lesson teaches an accompaniment fingerpicking style, similar to Steve Winwood's original guitar part, and also presents a way of playing lead over a chord progression that changes modes. One of the main goals of this lesson is to learn to improvise your own arrangement and play it differently every time.
Lesson 7: Layla
Layla is undoubtedly one of the greatest rock songs of all time. This lesson focuses mostly on the acoustic version from Eric Clapton's Unplugged album, but also includes a look at some of the guitar riffs in the original Derek& The Dominoes studio recording, as well as a bit about playing a lead in the key of D Minor.
Lesson 8: Sunshine Of Your Love (Cream)
This classic rock staple was done by Cream in 1967. This lesson shows a basic version, good for beginners, as well as an intermediate version very much like Eric Clapton's original guitar part.
Lesson 9: Wonderful Tonight
Wonderful Tonight, from Eric Clapton's album Slowhand, is a lesson featuring arpeggios picked out over a very simple chord progression. This is a great place for beginners to start getting comfortable with the technique. The lesson also touches on the signature lead lick that opens the song.
Lesson 10: Signe
Signe, from Eric Clapton's Unplugged album, is a very unusual instrumental in that it is an acoustic, fast bossa-nova, unlike almost anything else he has ever done. It requires some percussive right hand techniques, as well as quick chord changes and hammer-ons.