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Blues Lick #19: Eric Clapton

The Blues Guitar Lessons

Lick the Blues with a phrase from one of the Grand Masters of the blues

This Clapton style lick has country root and can be used in many styles - with a bit more gain and played agressively it'll sound like Angus Young - played clean and with a swing feel it will be pure country! A very versatile lick!

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Eric Clapton Style Lick


Getting The Sound

For this lick I'm using a Fender Stratocaster (1989) into a Fender Super Champ (old valve one from 1983 designed by Rivera, not the current model) recorded with a Shure SM57 microphone.

Guitar Settings
I used the neck pickup with the volume and tone all the way up.

Amp Settings
'Exact settings' even if you have the same amp and guitar will probably not sound exactly the same... I kept the amp pretty clean nothing exciting. My settings (to use as a starting point): Volume 5, Treble 4, Bass 8, Reverb 3, Lead N/A, Master Volume 3.

Pedal Settings
I used my Nobels ODR-1 for this one, approx settings: Drive 5, Spectrum 4, Level 7 - just trying to make it sound like an amp being driven hard, not really 'distorted'.


Blues Lead Guitar DVD

The JustinGuitar Blues Licks App
All 56 licks from my Blues Masters series are available in iOS app format where you can download the video lessons into your device, see the lick tab onscreen, loop section of the video and with an easy bookmarking system to find the bits of the video you want to see. If you wanna get these words into your vocabulary you'll love this app!

Available now on the app store!




Lesson ID: BL-519