ERIC CLAPTON STYLE
Cd track 87
[Bar 1] part of the success of this particular phrase is the way you leave out the notes on the fifth string at certain points. This helps to thin things out a little, though as we’ll see later on you can include this string to thicken things up a little if you want (as long2 4 as7 it doesn’t sound too muddy).
[Bar 2] The percussive slaps on the strings may seem like a challenge at first but since they are on the beat, it’s less of a challenge than syncopating them (playing them off the beat). Use the picking hand thumb to strike the strings, but use your picking-hand to mute the sixth string, otherwise this will sound a note, rather than being the percussive ‘slap’ we require.
[Bar 8] This modern sounding B7sus4 is a great Gospel or Spanish influenced alternative to the standard B7 ‘V’ chord that you would usually find in this location.