The most successful guitarist of all time!
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 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
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.
I Shot The Sheriff – Chords & Guitar Lessons
This one guitar arrangement of I Shot The Sheriff aim to combine the original bass line and chords in a way that reminds us of a band jamming.
In later lessons, we play the vocal melody and improvise up parts.
I Shot The Sheriff – Lyrics
I shot the sheriff,
but I didn’t shoot no deputy, oh no! Oh!
I shot the sheriff,
but I didn’t shoot no deputy, ooh, ooh, oo-ooh.
Go to I Shot The Sheriff – Lyrics.
Sunshine Of Your Love – Chords & Guitar Lessons
This one guitar version of Sunshine Of Your Love is a combination of Creams original and Spanky Wilson’s cover.
Using the main riff as a starting point over this blues progression, the I chord has sometimes been extended to a dom7#9. The solo? We learn it note for note!
Sunshine Of Your Love – Lyrics
It’s getting near dawn, when lights close their tired eyes.
I’ll soon be with you my love, to give you my dawn surprise.
I’ll be with you darling soon,
I’ll be with you when the stars start falling.
Tears In Heaven – Chords & Guitar Lessons
Tears In Heaven has a genius chord progression that uses small variations and slash chords to keep the harmonic interest on top.
Most people recognize Clapton’s live version from the legendary live Unplugged Album, rather than the official album version.
Tears In Heaven – Lyrics
Would you know my name, if I saw you in heaven?
Would you feel the same, if I saw you in heaven?
I must be strong and carry on,
’cause I know I don’t belong here in heaven.
Go to Tears In Heaven – Lyrics.