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(@wes-inman)
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I have always been a big fan of Eric Clapton, and especially when he played with Cream. Just about my favorite Rock group of all time.

Here is a super simple song to play (does take practice though), Strange Brew. This song only has 4 chords (really, only 3. You only play the Am7 chord at the very end).

This song has a simple technique. Eric simply plays the bass note of each chord twice slightly palm muted, and then strikes the chord staccato style, very brief and abrupt. And then between each chord he plays a very simple little run. So, this song is super simple, but it takes a little practice to get it down tight.

Here is a sound clip so you can listen to this great Blues song by Cream.

http://media.putfile.com/Strange-Brew--Cream

Chords used in this song

A D7#9 E7#9 Am7

e---5i---------------------
b---5i----6p----8p----5r---
g---6m----5r----7r----5r---
d---7p----4i----6i----5r---
a---7r----5m----7m----X----
e---5i----------------5m---

Here is the little run played between each chord in this song. It is always the same regardless of the chord being played.


Run played between each chord

e------------------
b------------------
g------------------
d-----------5h-7---
a---5h-7--7--------
e------------------

There are two ways to play this run. You can hold a barre over the top three strings. Or, you can play this run in freeform style like lead guitar. I prefer to play this freestyle myself, and then quickly grab each chord. But either way is fine as long as it sounds good.

Here is the entire progression over each verse.


A . D7#9 .

e------5------------------------------------------
b------5-----------------------6------------------
g------6-----------------------5------------------
d------7-----------5h-7--------4-----------5h-7---
a------7---5h-7--7---------5-5-5---5h-7--7--------
e--5-5-5------------------------------------------

A . .

e------5-----------------------5------------------
b------5-----------------------5------------------
g------6-----------------------6------------------
d------7-----------5h-7--------7-----------5h-7---
a------7---5h-7--7-------------7---5h-7--7--------
e--5-5-5-------------------5-5-5------------------

D7#9 . .

e-------------------------------------------------
b------6-----------------------6------------------
g------5-----------------------5------------------
d------4-----------5h-7--------4-----------5h-7---
a--5-5-5---5h-7--7---------5-5-5---5h-7--7--------
e-------------------------------------------------

A . .

e------5-----------------------5------------------
b------5-----------------------5------------------
g------6-----------------------6------------------
d------7-----------5h-7--------7-----------5h-7---
a------7---5h-7--7-------------7---5h-7--7--------
e--5-5-5-------------------5-5-5------------------

E7#9 . D7#9 .

e-------------------------------------------------
b------8-----------------------6------------------
g------7-----------------------5------------------
d------6-----------5h-7--------4-----------5h-7---
a--7-7-7---5h-7--7---------5-5-5---5h-7--7--------
e-------------------------------------------------

A . .

e------5-----------------------5------------------
b------5-----------------------5------------------
g------6-----------------------6------------------
d------7-----------5h-7--------7-----------5h-7---
a------7---5h-7--7-------------7---5h-7--7--------
e--5-5-5-------------------5-5-5------------------

This progression is not always the same. If you listen to the intro and solo you will hear Eric play the A chord for 4 measures (or at least 4 times through) I believe. But it is easy to follow this progression by ear, and good practice too.

So this is a great practice on playing rhythm guitar. So simple, but pretty awesome sounding.

By the way, this song has some of the greatest Blues licks Eric Clapton ever played IMHO. Perfect tone, and he uses every trick, hammer-ons, pulls, slides, bends, you name it. So if you want to learn some awesome Blues licks, this song is a great study.

Maybe later on when I have more time I will tab out some of the lead guitar.

Here's the lyrics.


Strange Brew- Cream

Strange brew -- killin' what's inside of you.

She's a witch of trouble in electric blue.
In her own mad mind she's in love with you,
With you.
Now what you gonna do?
Strange brew -- killin' what's inside of you.

She's some kind of demon messin' in the flue.
If you don't watch out it'll stick to you,
To you.
What kind of fool are you?
Strange brew -- killin' what's inside of you.

On a boat in the middle of a raging sea,
She would make a scene for it all to be
Ignored.
And wouldn't you be bored?
Strange brew -- killin' what's inside of you.

Strange brew, strange brew, strange brew, strange brew.
Strange brew -- killin' what's inside of you.

Hope you enjoy this song.

Wes

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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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Great stuff Wes! Yeah, I've always been a big fan of Cream myself, and this is one of those songs where I could never quite get the chords.....

I've come across a 7#9 chord exactly twice before....the first time was in "Born To Be Wild," tabbed out by your good self a couple of years ago, I believe you referred to it as "The Hendrix Chord" - funnily enough, the only other song I've come across a 7#9 chord in is Jimi's "Purple Haze".....

I look forward to having a go at this when my hand's fully recovered.....

:D :D :D

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Cheers Wes........Awesome..That's my weekend fully booked now..!


   
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Have to try this out later... definatly tab out the lead if you have time!!
Thanks Wes!!!


   
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Nicely done Wes,

having a go now having a little trouble with the D7#9 but I guess I'll get it smoothed out soon

I always like to watch this one when it used to be shown on VH2 Classic, it was an old black and white performance at the Beat Club. Eric looked as though he wasn't enjoying singing or he was trying to stiffle a yawn. Looked a bit odd anyway. Check it out at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6VEmZqvWiE

Can't seem to get your sound clip to play ![

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First: great song Wes - have heard it several times but never really paid attention it seems. I have never really discovered Cream, but maybe it isn't too late???

One question too, in order to prove my complete ignorance: As far as I know three were three of them - but there is definitely two guitars playing in your clip, and the lead is unmistakely EC - and I think he's singing too. This makes good sense as it is pretty tough to sing on top of this small continuing riff. Who is the second guitar player? or is this a studio version, with Clapton doing both guitars, or have I just made a complete fool of myself?

And I assume you do it with your band(?) How do you play it - who does what?

LaRS

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Rodders

I just tried the soundclip and it didn't work for me either. It was working fine, so perhaps there is a problem at Putfile. Maybe it will be up working soon.

Lars

Yes, this is a studio recording. The rhythm track and lead guitar were recorded seperately, but it's Eric Clapton playing both. EC always got great attention for his lead guitar skills, but he is an excellent rhythm guitarist as well.

And EC sang this song too, no easy task. It's easy to sing over the chords, but to sing and play that little run between chords is very difficult. But with a little practice it can be done.

Eric Clapton was and is known for playing runs between chords, a great way to spice up simple rhythm guitar.

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Rodders

The problem was with Putfile, there was a message that says the server is being rebooted, check back in 10 minutes, so try again later.

Lars

If you have never been a fan of Cream, definitely check them out. Cream was one of the most influencial Rock bands of the 60's. Eddie Van Halen says he learned to play lead guitar from copying Cream solos. Not bad. I was a huge fan of Cream and still am.

Here is another old Cream song I like, Born Under a Bad Sign. This is not an original, it is a cover of an old Blues song, I forget who wrote it. But it's a great song, I think I will tab this out soon.

http://media.putfile.com/Born-Under-a-Bad-Sign--Cream

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Thanks Wes!

Think I will run straight over to amazon and buy a cream album. It seems like I'm born about a decade or two too late. Can you imagine - born with an enourmous baklog. I'm still struggling to be finished with the 60s, haven't really started on the 70s yet, 80s were "my" decade, but it is not too big a deal to cover - I've brought with me U2 and Dire Straits but that's about it. 90s, well I kinda fell off again, that was when I discovered dylan, still not finished with him. 2000s - do they still make music? So much music, so little time!

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Lars

If you are interested in Cream I recommend "The Very Best of Cream" album that came out about 10 years ago. It has all of their greatest hits. I own this album. Awesome.

Amazon.com The Very Best of Cream

This has great hits like Sunshine of Your Love, Tales of Brave Ulysses, Badge, Crossroads, Born Under a Bad Sign, I Feel Free, Spoonful, Swlabr, .... All great hits by Cream. This album covers their complete career.

That soundclip is back up, give it a listen. :D

http://media.putfile.com/Strange-Brew--Cream

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I wish Clapton would have stuck with hard rock... such a great hard rock guitarist in general.

Cream only put out three albums so you can get all their original stuff for not much money or off Limewire or something like that.

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three albums... probably the kind of music one should have on LPs - time to see the second hand shop...

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Here's a complete (?) list of all Cream LPs and CDs, as far as I can find. Obviously, there are many repeats of songs and differents compilations, but the live recordings and the 2005 reunion should also be of interest.
Fresh Cream - 1966
Disraeli Gears - 1967
Recorded Live - 1969
Goodbye - 1969
Live Cream, Vol 1 - 1970 (What happened to Vol 2?)
Wheels Of Fire (CD1: In Studio)- 1977
Wheels Of Fire (CD2: Live At The Fillmore) - 1977
Strange Brew - The Very Best of Cream - 1983
The Cream of Clapton - 1995
Those Were The Days - 1997
Creme De La Cream - 1999
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection - The Best Of - 2000
BBC Sessions - 2003
I Feel Free - Ultimate Cream - 2005
Royal Albert Hall - London 2-3-5-6 2005 - 2005
Gold - 2005

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I have always found this to be a pretty accurate site for all Clapton/Cream tabs and chords http://www.12bar.de/song.php Its got the solo for Strange Brew tabbed out Wes, so might save you a bit of time. :wink:

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I have always found this to be a pretty accurate site for all Clapton/Cream tabs and chords http://www.12bar.de/song.php Its got the solo for Strange Brew tabbed out Wes, so might save you a bit of time. :wink:

and NOW you tell me that ;-)

well, I sat down with it anyway - part of my new practicing regime - learn by ear. If I tab it down afterwards at least I remember it.

This is sligthly different if anyone's interested.

A
----------|------------------|-------------------|----------
---/10~---|--8h10--8---------|-------------------|----------
----------|-----------9p7-5--|-7h5------7b(9)7-5-|----------
----------|------------------|-------------------|--7--------
----------|------------------|-------------------|----------
----------|------------------|-------------------|----------

D+9 A
----------|---------------------|-----------------8-|-----------
-13p10~---|--13p10-10h13--------|---------------8---|--10-8-----
----------|---------------------|-----------8-9-----|-----------
----------|---------------12-10-|-------------------|-----------
----------|---------------------|---12--------------|-----------
----------|---------------------|-------------------|-----------

E+9 D+9 A
--------------|--------------------------------|-------5----|-------
--------------|--------------------------------|-5~------5--|--31~-
--------------|--------------------------------|------------|-------
--------------|--------------------------------|------------|-------
--------------|--------------------------------|------------|-------
--------------|--------------------------------|------------|-------

Strange brew killin' what's inside of you

LaRS

...only thing I know how to do is to keep on keepin' on...

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