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Cream was a 60s British Super group (all members were previously famous) that Eric Clapton joined after John Mayhall and The Bluesbreakers.

Creams sound could be described as a hybrid of blues, pop, and psychedelic rock. Their hits include Crossroads, Sunshine Of Your Love, Strange Brew, and White Room.

Cream was a phenomenon that giants like Jimi Hendrix looked up to during their active time, as well as having inspiring countless bands since.

Jimi even interrupted Hey Joe in favor of Sunshine Of Your Love on a TV show, having found out earlier that day that Cream had split up.


Guitar Lessons


Sunshine Of Your Love – Step 1 (Free Preview)

Before we can start playing Sunshine Of Your Love, we have to ensure we can play the minor blues scale in Dm and Gm.

We do this as the riff is based on this very scale. First, we play the scale, then the riff.

Go to Sunshine Of Your Love step 1.


Sunshine Of Your Love – Step 2

Let’s find 10 ways to play this riff all over the neck in D and G.

By adding more notes to fatten it up and expression techniques like slides and bends, we can make this sound more or less bluesy.

Go to Sunshine Of Your Love step 2.


Sunshine Of Your Love – Step 3

By borrowing a dom7#9 from Spanky Wilson’s cover version, we can further expand on the main riff.

We also work on how to play the turnaround in a few ways.

Go to Sunshine Of Your Love step 3.


Sunshine Of Your Love – Step 4

In this step, we play the complete song with a singer. There is a 4 page, complete TAB transcription available.

However, it would be a better idea to look at the fret board and find the riff in an improvised way, than to focus on the TAB.

Go to Sunshine Of Your Love step 4.


Sunshine Of Your Love – Step 5

It’s time to summon the spirit of Eric Clapton and play his solo in eleven individual licks.

Our mental coach is Mr. Miyagi who will assist us with the wax on, wax off slow-motion learning technique. You can do this!

Go to Sunshine Of Your Love step 5.


Sunshine Of Your Love – Step 6

The tempo is now fast enough so we can add a rhythm guitar and play longer phrases from the solo.

If you have prepared well, playing these five examples will be possible.

Go to Sunshine Of Your Love step 6.


Sunshine Of Your Love – Step 7

You’re almost there when you completed this step as we now play the solo in its entirety.

First in two halves at 96 BPM, then the full solo at 108.

Go to Sunshine Of Your Love step 7.


Sunshine Of Your Love – Step 8

In this final step, you play with me and the singer again, although now you play the solo.

For a 2nd rhythm guitar part, don’t play the riff in the same area as me and keep changing it!

Go to Sunshine Of Your Love step 8.


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Chords and Guitar Lessons

This one guitar version of Sunshine Of Your Love is a combination of Creams original and a Spanky Wilson cover.

Using the main riff as a starting point over a blues progression, the I chord has sometimes been extended to a dom7#9.

Go to Sunshine Of Your Love chords and guitar lessons.


Lyrics

Sunshine Of Your LoveIt’s getting near dawn
When lights close their tired eyes
I’ll soon be with you my love
To give you my dawn surprise

Go to Sunshine Of Your Love lyrics.


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