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Watch the EC Slip online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from 30 Smokin' Blues-Rock Guitar Licks You MUST Know

Here's some more Eric Clapton magic for you. This one incorporates a slick first finger bend on the flat third of the scale, Eb, tweaked ever so slightly to allude to the E natural. We don't ever make that bend, but by tweaking that note slightly we allude to it and add a fluid and elastic feel to the lick. Isolate this little section as it should become commonplace in your guitar playing.

The second slide to nowhere is something you hear Eric Clapton do quite a bit in his early playing. It's featured prominently on the song "All Your Love" on the John Mayall's Bluesbreakers recording featuring Eric Clapton. I'm sure Eric stole it from the original recording of that song by Otis Rush. I've heard Eric Johnson do it as well as a tip of the hat to Clapton.