Guitarjamz - Killer Clapton Guitar Licks & Tricks
Instructor: Marty Schwartz
1. Clapton’s stuff is incredibly TASTY, but it’s not acrobatic or difficult when you do it the way I teach it.
2. His material encompasses such an amazing range! It practically covers everything you might ever want to play: the robust blues-rock from his "power-trio" Cream days, blues-based psychedelic pop, the mellow style of JJ Cale (think “After Midnight” and “Cocaine”). Heck, Clapton even helped bring reggae to the masses with “I Shot The Sheriff”! Obviously, learning such a wide range of styles will greatly improve your playing.
3. Part of Clapton's’ genius is all the little licks and tricks he has in his bag. I’m not just talking about his hammer-ons and pull-offs — I teach you those as well — but all the little flicks and bends he does. And not just the big whole step bends and minor third bends, but all the little micro bends that almost make the guitar sound out of tune but give it that exquisitely cool flavor. Yummy!
4. Clapton’s able to wring so much EMOTION out of his guitar. (Listen to the last three minutes of “Layla” and tell me you can’t feel the searing agony of unrequited love in that unmistakable guitar figure that Clapton plays with Duane Allman.) Learning Clapton’s techniques will let you play with more depth and feeling.
5. His stuff just sounds great, plain and simple. Whether it’s that “BIG” sound from his Cream days or something more custom such as his self-created “Woman Tone” which has been described as "thick yet piercing, overdriven yet smooth, distorted yet creamy,” to play Clapton is to become truly accomplished.
6. You’ll begin to master mixing minor and major pentatonics together. Like all the great blues players before him, Clapton often toed the line between the sweet major sound and that straight, rock minor pentatonic sound. He blended those together beautifully, and I’ll show you how to do that, too.
7. Learning Clapton is like getting a brain transplant from all the blues greats in history. That’s because he studied all the greats himself and cites Freddie King, B.B. King, Albert King, Buddy Guy, and Hubert Sumlin as big influences. "I have never found anything more deeply soulful than Robert Johnson,” Clapton once said. "His music remains the most powerful cry that I think you can find in the human voice, really. It seemed to echo something I had always felt.” Clapton stood on their shoulders to pioneer blues-rock history forward, and now you can stand on his.
8. There is a basic simplicity to his style that is perfect for anyone who wants to improve their blues or rock playing.