Session # 3 – Free Jam
The class jammed through Clapton’s ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ in this afternoons jam session. We then learnt some top classic rock riffs:
- You Really Got Me – The Kinks/Van Halen
- Paranoid – Black Sabbath
- Fortunate Son – Credence Clearwater Revival
- Start Me Up – Rolling Stones
- Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin
The class learnt how to play Eric Clapton’s ‘Sunshine of Your Love‘ as performed by the 60s super group Cream.
The song is based losely on a I, IV, V 12-bar structure in the key of D (D, G, A) with the additional C and G chords added to the chorus section.
Sunshine of Your Love – Eric Clapton
The main riff uses all six notes of the D minor blues scale (D, F, G, G#, A, C – see below) and posed particular challenges with the use of a double stop (playing two notes simultaneously) followed by a single note with a wide and fast vibrato.
This morning the class worked through their warm up exercises (physical and technical) and were introduced to the minor and major pentatonic scale position system; playing the five positions of the scales in sequential order, building each position from each note of the scale (e.g. A – p1, C – p2, D – p3, E – p4, G – p5) and as a scale drill exercise; playing each position from the same fret on the neck.