Blues: Eric Clapton the Early Years - Doug Boduch Page One

Well where shall I start? 5 of these 8 tunes are exceptional and famous Eric Clapton songs or synonymous with him anyway. The other 3 are blues classics.

I have to say this: in my opinion every guitarist needs to know these blues based rhythms and what can be achieved with a grounding in their framework.

I have no reservations recommending this Guitar Instructional except for the camera work. I always want to see both hands. For some reason they get fancy. Don't get fancy! If I want fancy I'll go rent fancy! If you want to be a film director then go be one but don't mess up the guitar lesson.

That aside, this is a great sampling of Eric Claptons' 'early' career and a selection of some of the best songs from John Mayalls' Bluesbreakers, The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, and Derek and the Dominos.

Three of the earliest songs are covers: Robert Johnson' "Crossroads", Otis Rush' and Willie Dixons "All your Love" and Calvin Carters "I ain't got you". Jimmy Reed and Billy Boy Arnold covered this last song too! And innumerable others have covered the first two.

I got an Eldorado Cadillac with the spare tire on the back but I ain't got you!
I got a Mojo and hit the number 444 and I'm all dressed up with no place to go but I ain't got you!

The rest of the songs are original compositions with Eric in the band. I imagine Jack Bruce is a great musician to co-write with and I believe a lot of Cream's lyrics can be attributed to him. He wrote that riff in "Sunshine of your Love" and another great song too "Politician". But whoever wrote what exactly Claptons' guitar work is superb and your Instructor Doug  explains it pretty durn well.

Part of Eric's style is the sound of the electric guitar and the amplification although there is one acoustic selection. The 3 aforementioned covers we are taught  are great songs in and of themselves that every electric guitarist should know. This is where Claptons' guitar style was assimilated from; the American Blues. In Cream for one Eric broke ground when he took Robert Johnsons open tuning, acoustic, finger style, blues song Crossroads and electrified and rockified it into Creams version and using a flat pick too.

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