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explain the Clapton thing

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by ndcaster, Apr 7, 2017.

  1. RLee77

    RLee77 Friend of Leo's

    May 15, 2016
    Silicon Valley
    I agree. His guitar work on that song is classy, tasteful, and exactly what the song called for. Also, I think if one started to copy his phrasing on that song, you'd quickly discover that it might sound easy, but in execution it's not... like the syncopated offbeat phrasing. It's the little details that matter. Not the notes, but the polished technique.
     
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  2. lammie200

    lammie200 Tele-Holic

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    In his early days Clapton had a lot of competition, and I think that he recognized it. Somewhere along the line he stopped trying to set himself out from that crowd and fell into what he either wanted to do, or was likely convinced to do by recording execs. Some of it is good, but a lot of it is uninspiring IMHO.
     

  3. Mike Eskimo

    Mike Eskimo Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 9, 2008
    Detroit
    Any one where he doesn't sing "she don't lie...that dirty cocaine"

    Yeah, we get it Eric - coke is bad...:rolleyes:
     

  4. twr1

    twr1 TDPRI Member

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    This is an interesting video. His approach on an SG is a good example of his ability.



    Have You Heard from the Bluesbreakers album made my ears perk up. The "Clapton is God" came about during the LSD days.
     
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  5. picknfool

    picknfool Tele-Meister

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    Nope- back in the Bluesbreaker days, a year or two before the LSD days!
     
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  6. twr1

    twr1 TDPRI Member

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    I stand corrected!
     

  7. Sjnoring

    Sjnoring Tele-Afflicted

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    The one with the shortest solo.
     

  8. Sjnoring

    Sjnoring Tele-Afflicted

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    I'm sure it's difficult and full of graceful phrasing. It just goes on way too long.
     

  9. Maxwell Street

    Maxwell Street Friend of Leo's

    Feb 18, 2009
    chicago usa
    JJ wrote it...:rolleyes:

     
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  10. 8barlouie

    8barlouie Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Always struck me as ironic that she actually lies like a rug.
     

  11. 8barlouie

    8barlouie Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Watching the 2010 Crossroads. Clapton and Winwood doing Voodoo Chile and Mr Fantasy. It's deplorable how he plays those dreadful pentatonic scales up down the neck like that. Terrible, just terrible. I might be able to last what? 3 more hours listening to this? Tops. He really brings nothing to the table at all. Ok 4 hours, but that's it.
     

  12. PastorJay

    PastorJay Tele-Holic

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    Apr 12, 2014
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    I agree. After listening to Clapton for more than 4 of 5 hours, I have to listen to something else.

    Seriously, the thing that's amazing is that after 50 years, he's gone through so many different phases and styles. ON some level it's almost all blues. But there's so much variation you could listen for hours.
     
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  13. Dickey01

    Dickey01 TDPRI Member

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    I don't get the whole rock & blues guitar thing; very few rock & blues players have impressed me. I think there are so many of them because these genres are the easiest to play & sound halfway decent at. Just a bunch of "pentatonic pushers" wanking away at a Strat or Paul. I have always been more into world class "over-the-top" guitar players, such as:

    Danny Gatton
    Roy Buchanan
    Scotty Anderson
    Tommy Emmanuel
    Guthrie Trapp
    Shawn Lane
    Brent Mason
    And yes; Greg Koch

    You wanna impress me, you better play like Scotty Anderson or Tommy Emmanuel, who I consider to be the 2 best guitarists alive today.
     

  14. Dickey01

    Dickey01 TDPRI Member

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    Listen to THIS guy then get back to me about Clapton.
     

  15. Frank'n'censed

    Frank'n'censed Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 27, 2011
    Parts Unknown
    Many, including myself, often take the man for granted...yes, sometimes he mails it in, with too safe & clean solos, or overly commercial projects & bands that don't inspire, BUT then there's the undisputable resume, body of work & those, he's influenced. If you don't get him after reading this article, it's on you!

    https://www.rockhall.com/inductees/eric-clapton
     
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  16. Sjnoring

    Sjnoring Tele-Afflicted

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    Blues is the easiest music to play and the hardest to play right. The phrasing and nuances are very tricky. But I'm a bit baffled that you're a Roy Buchanan fan and don't feel like you get blues. If anyone ever played the blues it was that guy.
     
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  17. ndcaster

    ndcaster Friend of Leo's

    Nov 14, 2013
    Indiana
    lol

    clearly, you need a temple in which guitarists can submit their burnt offerings!

    Emmanuel has never moved me emotionally, he has no historical interest or significance. Kurt Cobain is orders of magnitude more artistic and consequential.

    Scotty is an amazing guitarist, a Master of technique, harmony, and cleverness. As Pat Metheny is a great student of jazz guitar, probably with George Benson the greatest alive today, Scotty is a great student of the tele tradition, and probably the greatest alive today.

    And yet Clapton has been more consequential than all of them. Right passion, right place, right time.
     
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