Eric Clapton special. Here's how to play 2 Riffs and a solo from one of the greatest guitar players who ever lived. Eric Clapton (dubbed Slowhand as the audience would start a slowhand clap when he snapped a guitar string on some crazy bluesy-bends), writer of Layla, builder of Blackie and stealer of George Harrison's wife is one of the most influential artists to date. The influenced range from BB King to Zakk Wylde. It easy to see why from riffs like these!
Gear Info & Settings:
Dig out that Stratocaster built from the remains of three different Fenders. If you don't have one of these lying around (I'm guessing you don't) then it's single-coil time to really cut through the mid-section with these riffs. Use the bridge pickup and set bass and mid at around five with treble a little higher at 7. Add a little reverb and a whack of gain from a valve amplifier and you're away!
Written about George Harrison's wife (Pattie Boyd had three love songs written to her by different artists, all now classics) the intro riff to Layla, and the guitar it was written on, have become world famous.
The most difficult part will be shifting to the high notes clealy. Other than this, make sure you hit the correct chords and slide only where needed and you'll have this riff down in no time.
Written during Clapton's days in Cream, Sunshine Of Your Love will require a little boost of bass (take it to 7) and a guitar with a humbucking pickup and some good stacato technique. Other than the stacato, watch out for those chords. The shape is slid around from one position then back. Other than this, nothing much to worry about here, so have fun while everything's still easy!
Not only did he steal Guitar George's wife, but this song is a Beatles cover. The wobbly solo, full of bends, is a Clapton original, though. Go back to the trusty singlecoils, something strat-like for tone and ease of bending. Watch out especially for the pre-bends. You'll have to watch your pitching closely to be able to match the bent note when the string is still muted. Pre-bending is a lot oabout muscle memory, that is, knowing how far you have to bend the string to get a certain note. Good Luck!
And do not forget to check out Part 4 of UG Weekend Bass Riff series. The series is rise from the ashes with My Friend Of Misery by Metallica! Thanks to Carl.