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Harmonica Lessons: "Sunshine of your Love"

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[MUSIC]
Anyone ever
hear that one before?
Anyone?
You guys hear that?
Any one of you ever hear?
Sunshine of Your Love,
Cream Eric Clapton’s guitar lick,
it’s one of the most famous licks and
sort of clichéd blues rock whatever you
want to call it guitar licks of all time.
This tune,
I actually got a chance to play this
tune with Jack Bruce on a Jimi Hendrix
tribute concert broadcast out of
Stuttgart in Germany about ten years ago.
Which was really a lot of fun.
You can still see it every
once in awhile on television,
depending on where you live.
Anyway, Sunshine of Your Love,
is basically a 12 bar blues.
You could think of it as
a 24 bar blues if you want,
'cause it stays on the one
chord a long time.
[MUSIC]
And
then it goes
to the four.
[MUSIC]
Same lick.
[MUSIC]
Back to the one.
[MUSIC]
Then the five chord,
then a flat seven, to a four.
[MUSIC]
The same thing again.
Five, The sunshine of your five chord.
[MUSIC]
It's like
the 24 bar blues.
It's a really long blues, but
it's exactly standard blues.
And Clapton's phrasing on it.
He does a little
[MUSIC].
It's perfect on the harmonica.
[MUSIC]
It's sort of halfway between
that major third and minor third.
It's real blues, real blues inflection
cuz the English, I don't know how
old most of you guys are, but the English
brought the blues back to America.
America's had really not known much about
the blues because of all the segregation
and segregation of the music business
here in the recording industry.
So the English started playing all of
this black American blues music and
hiring the real blues musicians as their
opening acts on their tours of America.
And that's what brought the blues back to
white America in the mid and late 1960's.
So this was a very important
tune in that process.
I'm going to play it for you.
Cross harp on a D.
That's the original key of the tune was D.
I'll play a little bit of
Clapton's guitar solo as well.
I heard Cream play in November
1967 at the Philmore East.
Before it was called the Philmore East,
it was called Village Theater on 2nd
avenue and 6th street in New York City.
They sounded great.
[MUSIC]
Introduction Ginger Baker,
playing those floor tom toms.
[MUSIC]
It's
Jack Bruce,
singing
the cracks.
[MUSIC]
The high chord.
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Harmonize
with each other.
[MUSIC]
So I
snuck in
an over
blow,
an over
draw on
seven at
the very
end.
I try to avoid playing
any of the over blows or
over draws in this version of the tune.
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