This is an example of Clapton’s rock soloing at its best, based on his various solos in the song White Room but in the key of A minor, as opposed to the D minor key of that song. The backing chords are harmonically interesting as far as rock songs go; there’s a Cadd9 (think of it as adding the 2nd note of the C major scale, but an octave higher), and a D/F# (D major with a F# bass note), giving a Dorian Mode flavour to the song due to F# being the minor 6th interval of the A minor scale. The solo is a real Clapton masterclass in keeping the listener’s ears piqued despite only using the humble A minor Pentatonic scale. By using occasional flurries of semiquavers (aka 16th notes), and a few staccato notes here and there (look for the notes with the dotes above them), we get an interesting trippy rhythmic flow – quite appropriate for the psychedelia obsession of the time!
As always, below the YouTube video you’ll find the backing track to play along with, and below that, the tablature. Aren’t I nice?!
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