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As well as being in bands like Derek & The Dominos, The Yardbirds, and Cream, Clapton has successfully played sessions for more stars than any other guitar player ever lived.
Clapton’s long career has earned him not one, not two but three inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame (as a solo artist with Yardbirds and Cream). No other musician has achieved this.
The Eric Clapton Unplugged album
The album Eric Clapton Unplugged, as a whole, is highly recommended. It contains a wealth of blues classics played by one of the best guitar players of all time.
Songs like Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out, Malted Milk, Layla, Old Love and Walking Blues clearly demonstrates Clapton’s blues mastery.
As well as the blues classics, we also find the acoustic version of Layla and the gorgeous Tears In Heaven on this fantastic live album.
Tears In Heaven background
The story of Tears In Heaven is a tragic one.
Eric Clapton’s four-year-old son fell out of a window at his mother’s penthouse flat in New York City as she was having builders around.
Will Jennings who co-wrote the song was at first very reluctant to be a part of such a personal song.
What part did Will Jennings add? The m8 with the genius key change!
Since its release, Tears In Heaven has achieved huge success and is covered by many artists and sung in most bars, weddings, funerals, and clubs around the world.
Rolling Stones magazine rated Tears In Heaven as one of the best songs of all time.
Sunshine Of Your Love – Step 1 (Free Preview)
We do this as the riff is based on this very scale. First, we play the scale, then the riff.
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Sunshine Of Your Love – Step 2
By adding more notes to fatten it up and expression techniques like slides and bends, we can make this sound more or less bluesy.
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Sunshine Of Your Love – Step 3
We also work on how to play the turnaround in a few ways.
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Sunshine Of Your Love – Step 4
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.
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Sunshine Of Your Love – Step 5
Our mental coach is Mr. Miyagi who will assist us with the wax on, wax off slow-motion learning technique. You can do this!
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Sunshine Of Your Love – Step 6
If you have prepared well, playing these five examples will be possible.
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Sunshine Of Your Love – Step 7
First in two halves at 96 BPM, then the full solo at 108.
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Sunshine Of Your Love – Step 8
For a 2nd rhythm guitar part, don’t play the riff in the same area as me and keep changing it!
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The verse chord progression is simple and very Aeolian using the IVmaj7 and the IIIm7 to point back to VI.
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Chords and Guitar Lessons
Using the main riff as a starting point over a blues progression, the I chord has sometimes been extended to a dom7#9.
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Tears In Heaven has a genius chord progression that uses small variations and slash chords to keep the harmonic interest on top.
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Including detailed, but bite-sized explanations on how the music theory of each song is applied to the neck.
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