Eric Clapton

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Eric Clapton

Intermediate Level

Eric Clapton will probably always be considered one of the greatest all-time guitar players if nothing else for his impressive career that has spanned over 50 years! We've put together an incredible 26 lesson course, taking a deep dive into Clapton's legendary time with Cream, including a range of awesome solos, rhythm tracks, theory and, above all, a real understanding of exactly how Clapton did what he did on the guitar, whilst he changed rock history with Cream!

Unit 1: Silly Beer

We kick off with a really cool solo, that really highlights Clapton’s Albert King influence, as well as introduces us to Clapton’s phrasing, vibrato, tone and movement between box 1 and box 2 pentatonic scales.

Unit 2: The Minor Pentatonic

In the second section we turn our attention to mastering the 5 minor pentatonic shapes. We work through one shape at a time, talking in terms of tones (root b3rd 4th 5th b7th) and supply a cool Cream era lick for each of them.

Unit 3: Clapton 12 Bar

In this section we take a break from the lead to look at a classic 12 bar style rhythm, up beat and hard! We look at the 12 bar structure, especially with quick blues tracks and build it up from the basic shuffle.

Unit 4: A Deeper Dive

We will now take our knowledge of the 5 shapes, and start putting them together in various keys and with linking patterns. We’ll also talk about the minor and major third, and using that to crossover to major pentatonic.

Unit 5: Zebra Crossing

We will now take everything and put it together in a Clapton style solo! This solo will really test your new knowledge, speed, phrasing and control, so strap in and get ready for some fun!