eric clapton

Intermediate

Intermediate

  • Focus on Clapton’s continuously inventive rhythms.
  • Add slides, bends, and grace notes to otherwise ordinary phrases.
  • Understand how most guitar licks can be modular by playing the same notes over different chords.
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