Eric Clapton Blues Guitar Lesson: Turnaround Lick

Today I’m going to show you a Blues Guitar lick in the style of Eric Clapton, that can be used over the turnaround section of a 12 bar blues in the key of B.

This lick is similar to one Eric played on “Have You Ever Loved a Woman” from Live at the Fillmore. Eric uses some really cool bends and phrases that I’m sure he got from BB and Freddie King. His choice of notes is always tasty and full of emotion.

His renditions of “Have You Ever Loved a Woman” are simply amazing. They are all a little different and you can learn a lot from each version. In particular the EC Was Here version is really cool.

What’s your favorite Eric Clapton Blues? Let me know right below. I’d love to hear your opinion.

A Facebook Fan of Learning Guitar Now had suggested that one, which I had never heard before. Needless to say it’s awesome.

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  1. Hey John
    THIS is my favorite EC era, Derek and the Dominos. As a matter of fact I would really be excited if you were breaking down this lead for the next DVD. I also like Blues Power and Further On Up the Road because they are graet examples of call and response tunes and a nice change from slow blues numbers (which I love). Little Wing would also be interesting. Thanks for your outstanding work and I am really excited about this one! Tom

  2. Hi John
    Sweet sounds!! Really enjoyed your Vibrolux demo too! I like Further on up the Road and Blues Power also. So many good tunes. Always look forward to the next lesson.

  3. Hi John,

    Great job on a lick from my favorite EC era. I too would really like to see more of this on a future DVD.

    Thank you, hope to see and hear, a lot more!


  4. Thanks! I think I’m going to put some lessons together in the style of this kind of blues from Eric Clapton. It won’t be just like the album though due to copyright issues.

  5. Hi, John, I’m a “Clapton’s life student”, love his honest style and groove of his blues, one of its tune I like most is “further on up the road” from the live album “just one night” performed together with Albert lee, learning their licks and solos mad me file the track on the vinyl, now I’m confident with that tune I tried to reach every single thing in playing both solos…….do I need to say more? Thanks for your advices, maybe some day I’ll buy one of your offers as soon as I can. keep in touch and go ahead with your good lessons, Claudio

  6. I like the helpful info you provide in your articles. I’ll bookmark your blog and check again here regularly. I am quite sure I will learn lots of new stuff right here! Good luck for the next!

  7. your videos start and stop , start and stop . Its very frustrating it would take half an hour to watch a 5 min video. Is there a way to correct this problem? I give up about 1 min into it

  8. Hi John,

    this Lick is really great and it took me back into learning EC style blues guitar although i rececently purchased the all access pass because of getting started with slide guitar. Now i`m really in trouble because i have to decide waht to learn! Really, Really awesome guitar teaching and lessons that are worth every cent!!

    thanks so much,

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