How to Sound Like Eric Clapton

One of the first guitar heroes, Eric Clapton was a pioneer of tone and technique and the only player capable of giving Hendrix a serious run for his money. Clapton’s Sixties recordings with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Cream set the standard for electric blues and influenced a generation of players. In his subsequent work with Derek & the Dominoes and as a solo artist, Clapton further refined his style, exploring a strange sonic brew of amped-up electric and delicately picked acoustic blues, freeform European jazz hybrids, made-for-the-masses pop and English-flavored R&B. While he has produced interesting guitar work in each of these periods, many still regard Clapton’s playing in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers as his creative peak.

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