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Eric Clapton Style|
|What you learn:
Part 4 - Cream Era|
This will be in Clapton's 'Cream' era style. Still blues roots, but moving to a
more hard-rock, psychedelic sound. We'll get a jam track, learn a rhythm
guitar part and then some lead licks.
Storm: The jam track is in the key of
Storm: This is the progression for the jam
track, too. Clapton used a similar progression again with Cream. A small handful of chord shapes. Your
standard D chord.
Storm: C sus2, a more modern replacement for
Storm: To G/B. Read this as G over B. Meaning a
G major chord with a B bass note.
G over B Chord
vh: What is Csus
Storm: Csus2 reads C suspended 2nd. It means
replace the '3rd' of the chord with the note named. In this case, E is the 3rd and you
replace that with the 2nd note of the C scale, 'D'. Then 'power chords'. Bb5 to C5 brings
you up to D.
Storm: Notice the riff's bass note moves down
step by step, D-C-B-Bb. Kind of a mix of Major and Minor in the
key of D. Eric's favorite scale choice over this progression is the minor
Here is a sample phrase in the scale.
Storm: Clapton uses a wah-wah pedal extensively. This riff I do the same.
One of the must have effect pedals.
boomer: Could I use A minor to solo in key of D since it's
D's relative minor?
Storm: That could sound
cool. But B is D major's relative minor
yeah, counted wrong.
Storm: But that substitution, minor pentatonic
off the 5th of the key sounds nice. Eric does use the major pentatonic as well
over this track.
Here is a pattern of major pentatonic he favors. I call it the 'B B King'
pattern because BB uses it all the time. Bend on the 2nd string and 1st string to
catch additional notes.
Is that last bend in the Major Pent from 5th to 6th?
Storm: Yes from 5 up to 6. Not as common,
perhaps, as the 2nd up to 3rd on the B string. But used,
sure. You can also bend an extra half step on
that 5th, up to b7th. BB calls it his 'wake-up' bend. Attention
getter. I love the Vox wah pedal. I think it's 'sweep' is
in a very usable, musical range of frequencies. Not too
An extension pattern of the minor pentatonic:
Storm: And some rhythmic tricks Eric likes in
his soloing. A couple of repeating phrases of three notes, played in a sixteenth
note, four-to-the-beat rhythm. How ever you can name it to keep track
of what key your playing in. I like to keep track of root notes, which are
And one more, the next pattern of the scale up.
Storm: Now You're ready for the next lesson!
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