Beginner song - Lay down Sallly

Learn this must-know song, ‘Lay down Sally’ by Eric Clapton. Full practice materials provided on this course.


This is one of Clapton’s iconic country blues songs; it has a driving but subtle rhythm and is a superb singalong tune to have in your repertoire.

It uses just three basic open with strumming/picking using a plectrum. The chords have a moving bassline and cool linking riff(s). We dive straight in with strumming/picking patterns, chords, and any intro, turnaround, ending, riffs and other fills. Double stops, hybrid picking and maybe ideas aroudn soloing may also be covered.

The overall objective is simply to teach the essence of these should-know songs. It’s all about the groove with this one.

Number of lessons
Two lessons each of 75 mins.
Note: these are live, online, interactive group sessions.

Lesson format
We try to layer these lessons so that we cover off the more straight-forward elements early on and gradually build up to the more complex subjects. The bulk of each lesson is teaching (usually with a minimum number of questions taken along the way) but we dedicate the end slot for Q&A. With the lessons being online, assuming you are on mute, you can play along with our tutor or practise an exercise without interfering with anyone; if the tutor asks, and you’re so inclined, you can go on-screen for one-on-one coaching in front of the group.

Follow-on materials
We’ve always recognised that the real work takes place after a course and so we provide a comprehensive set of materials for home practice; these vary from course to course and can include: full score PDFs at beginner and basic intermediate levels, lesson TABs, backing tracks (usually at slow, medium and as-song speeds) and snippet videos of song ections/examples/exercises covered during the lesson. Over and above learning the song(s) our objective is to give you the tools to self-improve.

Course suitability
This course is for relative beginners-and-above acoustic and electric guitar players (check out our FAQs’ Skill levels and suitable courses). There’s something for everyone in all our courses and the follow-on materials should help in both practising the song as well as understanding and applying any techniques and relevant theory covered.

Bass players
This course, although not designed for bassists, is a fantastic opportunity for playing and practice. We do provide bass parts on some courses and always offer guidance as we go through the lessons but we don’t formally teach the bass; any interested bassists should contact us beforehand.

Call us for a chat at any time
Whatever level you are, you’ll have lots of takeaways to work on later. If you’d like to go through the course please call or email.

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