EXAMPLE1 Eric – First solo

Guitar Techniques - - DEREK AND THE DOMINOS -

This is the solo Eric is play­ing as the track fades in. Lots of tra­di­tional blues mo­tifs, in­clud­ing the wob­bled 7th chord in bar 1, plus the dif­fer­ent in­ver­sion in bar 2. He fol­lows up with some more ag­gres­sive-sound­ing string bends, play­ing across the beat in bars 4 and 5, and you can hear him re­ally dig­ging in to the lower strings to­wards the first turn­around. The sec­ond half of the solo keeps the pres­sure on, with lots of whole-tone, half-tone and quar­ter-tone bends, the odd trill and some flam­boy­ant slides – in­deed, it sounds as though Eric is de­ter­mined to make an im­pres­sion on Duane. Take what you can from this while re­mem­ber­ing it was a spon­ta­neous jam and it wouldn’t be in the spirit of im­pro­vi­sa­tion to ob­sess too much over de­tail.

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