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“Bill Bass” Nelson’s playing on Fred Wesley’s Say Blow by Blow Backwards is distinct from that of his other P-Funk bassmates.

When columnist Bill Leigh played bass behind trombonist Fred Wesley, he got an up-close look at how P-Funk bassists helped define a sound.

Most of us are continually working to broaden our bass skills, from fretboard familiarity and technical mastery to specific musical competencies, like bass-line construction and development, walking, and soloing. Along the way, we may try to incorporate the tone and techniques of specific bassists into our playing, sometimes while learning their parts from songs they played on.

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Many say that Cream was Clapton's peak. Here's a quick guide to how to get some of Slowhand's most esteemed licks under your hands.

Intermediate

Intermediate

● Discover blues rock rhythms and how to get a huge sound even when you're in a trio.

● Unlock some of Clapton's signature lead guitar techniques.

● Learn to use a wah pedal to get psychedelic sounds.

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When it comes to Eric Clapton's guitar style, there is no shortage of masterful guitar techniques to dive into and study. In this article we'll focus specifically on his guitar style during the mid- to late-'60s around the formation of the band Cream.

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