Clapton-style Acoustic Blues - Page 9
by Jim Burger
By far the hardest part about playing this type of progression is the thumb bass. If you're not used to playing a thumb bass, then just forget about it for the moment and concentrate on learning the stuff that goes on outside of the thumb bass, mainly on the high strings.
This is actually a lot easier than it looks/sounds. You start with the slide up to the 7th fret of the 5th string followed by a snap on the open 6th string -- I love this effect, the harder you snap the 6th string, the better it sounds. This is followed by a bend on the 3rd fret of the 1st and 2nd strings, a shot on open 1st and 2nd strings and then a slide up to this A7 fingering: cho|x|x|x|x|8|9|A7 fingering (main riff)|cho |cr|Even better than the slide up to the 7th fret of the 5th string at the very beginning is the slide down from the 7th fret of the 5th string which precedes bar 6. We then have a bunch of fingerpicking out of the A, A7 and A6 fingerings around the 2nd fret before returning in bars 8-9 to the little riff that started us off.cho|x|x|x|x|2|0|A fingering|cho cho|x|x|x|x|2|2|A6 fingering|cho cho|x|x|x|x|2|3|A7 fingering|cho |cr|Bar 10 is similarly fingerpicked out of a B7 fingering, where you have to stretch your pinky out to nail the 7th fret of the 1st string. cho|x|x|4|x|4|5|B7 fingering|cho |cr| Again, in bars 11-12 we're just fingerpicking before ending up with the G# hammer in bar 13.