Eric Clapton’s guitar skills are so crazy good you can only clap a ton (sorry for the pun).
But for real, Clapton is one of the best guitarist that we’ve seen in the rock world. Someone even spray-painted “Clapton is God” on a wall in London.
And many rock bands have been pleased to call him a band member, including John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, and Derek & the Dominos (just to name a few).
So I think it’s only right that we have an article completely dedicated to his guitar-tickling talents.
“Layla” — Derek & the Dominos
During this long rock epic all about unrewarded love, we hear both Clapton and Duane Allman showing off. On this track, Clapton lays down rhythm, three harmonies with the main guitar riff, and a solo along with Allman.
It’s pretty amazing. That’s why it’s easily on this list.
For the next song, Clapton rubs shoulders with some even bigger names…
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” — The Beatles
George Harrison can bring it on the guitar. But he also wants the best for each song, and who better to bring the best than Clapton.
On The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” Harrison invited Clapton to come provide a solo. And what he played literally made Harrison’s Les Paul cry, squealing, moaning, and whimpering.
This solo is great, but the next one is even better…
“Crossroads” — Cream
On this cover of Robert Johnson’s “Cross Road Blues,” Clapton provides both a chugging guitar rhythm and a couple face-melting solos. Yes, the solos on the recorded version are actually get off beat at points, but that’s what makes them so human. So real, so raw.
And just like Clapton always does, he takes on a journey, riding on the wings of his guitar strings…