Eric Clapton


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The most successful guitarist of all time!

As well as being in bands like Derek & The Dominos, The Yardbirds, Blind Faith (with Steve Winwood) and Cream, Clapton has successfully played sessions for more stars than any other guitar player.

His playing has brought him to studios and stages with legends such as Bob Dylan, The Beatles, B.B King, SRV, Freddie King, and Sheryl Crow (who wrote My Favorite Mistake about Clapton).

His 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.

Eric Clapton’s most notable tunes include Pretending, Wonderful Tonight, Cocaine, Tears In Heaven, Layla, White Room, Crossroads, I Shot The Sheriff, Change The World, Sunshine Of Your Love, Lay Down Sally, Old Love, After Midnight, Badge, My Father’s Eyes, Strange Brew, and Hideaway.

His appearance on other artists/bands’ recordings include Its Probably Me (Sting), While My Guitar Gently Weeps (The Beatles), My Sweet Lord (George Harrison), I Wish It Would Rain Down (Phil Collins), and many, many more.

There are numerous books and websites dedicated to Eric Clapton, perhaps the greatest resource is the Where’s Eric Magazine. You can find out more at whereseric.com.


The 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, Old Love, Before You Accuse Me, and Walking Blues clearly demonstrates Clapton’s blues mastery.

As well as these blues classics, we also find an acoustic version of Layla and the gorgeous Tears In Heaven on this fantastic live album.

At the age of 15, I spent the summer learning the entire album using a TAB book and the CD, nothing has ever shaped me more as a guitarist.


Eric Clapton | Tunes


Crossroads

A7 | D7 | A7 | A7 |
I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knee.
D5 D6 D5 D6 | D5 D6 D5 D6 | A7 | A7 |
Down to the crossroads, fell down on my knee.

Go to Crossroads chords.


I Shot The Sheriff

Gm | Cm Cm7 Cm Cm7 | Gm7 Gm Gm7 Gm7 Gm Gm7 |
I shot the sheriff, but I didn’t shoot no deputy, oh no! Oh!
Gm | Cm Cm7 Cm Cm7 | Gm7 Gm Gm7 Gm7 Gm Gm7 |
I shot the sheriff, but I didn’t shoot no deputy, ooh, ooh, oo-ooh.

Go to I Shot The Sheriff chords.


Sunshine Of Your Love

D blues scale riff | D blues scale riff |
It’s getting near dawn,
D blues scale riff | D blues scale riff |
when lights close their tired eyes.

Go to Sunshine Of Your Love chords.


Tears In Heaven

Aadd4 E/G# | F#m A/E | D/F# A | E A/E E7 |
Would you know my name, if I saw you in heaven?
Aadd4 E/G# | F#m A/E | D/F# A | E A/E E7 |
Would you feel the same, if I saw you in heaven?

Go to Tears In Heaven chords.