Crossroads

Learn this Blues Rock classic by Eric Clapton/Cream. The amazing intro, solos and overall song and groove are all covered along with some great techniques.

 

Overview

This is such a brilliant song to learn. It uses a standard I, IV, V in A and mixes minor and major pentatonic scales in building the intro and solos. It’s an awesome song to have in your repertoire and is a fantastic example of using the pentatonic scales and practising your phrasing.

This course runs over two lessons with a week in between for home practice. The lessons are suitable for average to intermediate acoustic and electric guitar players (and maybe a bass).

Lesson 1 (extended) – this lesson focuses on all of the basics: song form, chords, groove, strumming pattern, simple riffs etc. and the basics of the intro. This lesson is suitable for average players – if you know your open chords and can change between them and have some exposure to at least one minor and major pentatonic patterns then you’ll be fine. If you’ve successfully tried some basic barre chords then better still.

Lessons 2 delves into the solos. Inermediate players on this one with some soloing experience. Lots of legato, vibrato, bends and moving around the fretboard at reasonable speed. That said, we take things at a steady pace and you’ll have the materials to help you learn and perfect the pieces – so don’t worry too much about it.

Buying options (with player levels):

(a) lesson 1 only – average and above players (barre chords may be used as well as open chords!)

(b) all lessons – intermediate level. The solos are more demanding.

Materials provided: Prep sheets are available along with comprehensive lesson PDFs and TABs followed with detailed home practice video examples of all sections/exercises.

What’s it like on a course?
The bulk of each lesson is obviously the teaching (usually with a minimum number of questions taken along the way) but we dedicate the end slot for Q&A. Being online means that players can elect to either have total privacy with their mic mute and video disabled or switch them on and join in with questions or even work along with the tutor. The lessons, over and above the outlined specific subjects, try to give you the tools for self-improvement.

A quick note about the materials
We’ve always recognised that the real work takes place after a course and that’s why we pay special attention to the materials in order to help with home practice. The earlier you book, the earlier you get access to the core materials.

Course suitability in general
Check out our guide to player levels v course categories. The course is online and materials are provided and so it might still be useful for players who consider themselves below the required standard.

Overall objectives and a reality check
Yes – our courses are there to look at the advertised subject matter but we also like to challenge players and give you great techniques and practical theory/know-how to work on in your own time. Don’t expect to completely nail a whole song or to be able to fully in command of all techniques or understand every bit of practical theory on the course; it’s fantastic if you can but be patient and work diligently through the material at home.

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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