In our final unit we will be bringing together everything we have learnt so far and apply it to this epic guitar solo! It’s fast, it’s intense, and it’s based on Clapton at his most iconic. We’ll break the licks down one by one as we go through them, ensuring that you understand every note and how to apply it to your own soloing. Let’s get started!
We kick off in box 4 of the A minor pentatonic, and quickly jump to box 2 and 1. This is a classic Clapton move, and involves you really knowing how to find these shapes. Hopefully, with the work we have done up to now, you will have a better grasp on doing exactly that. The scale shapes can be found in the fretboard diagrams.
For our next licks, we once again are jumping between those three pentatonic boxes. We use a lot of very cool bends, as well as the inclusion of that major 3rd that we talked so much about. To help you remember that, here is the shape you can use (remembering that it is more about knowing where the b3rd is and sharpening it to get the major 3rd).
In these licks we bring in much more of the pentatonic box 3, initially sliding into it from box 4, and then creating a whole lick based in that box. It is so important that you are visualising these licks as you go through the boxes. So make sure to stop at certain points within the licks (whenever you feel too) and say to yourself “can I play the pentatonic shape now?!”. If the answer is yes, well done!
For our final two licks, we have both the major and minor pentatonic scales in use, as well as a really cool turnaround lick, that resolves to the 5 chord. These are by far the most challenging licks of the track, so do take your time as you go through it, and start at a very low, steady pace. Those scale shapes can be found in the fretboard diagrams.
You’ve done it! You have now got through the entire course and our last task is to piece this solo together! We’ll get it on loop at a slow speed, before breaking it apart and using the licks in our own improvisation! Remember, as with every course, we have now given you a range of tools and new knowledge, which means that you will need to apply it over months of playing to really get it to the point of habit. Good luck, thank you, and above all, have fun!
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