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Watch the Big Bottom online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Essentials: Blues Rock Grooves Vol. 2

It's hard to match the intensity of that the live performance on Klooks Kleek in this very controlled environment, but we can try! It's important to understand what playing live, and loud, can do to the sound of the music and the feel. I know most of us don't get the opportunity to really crank up our amps at 1966 gig volume, but if you ever get the chance to do so I highly recommend it. When you listen to Clapton's guitar tone on that recording (along with any other recordings of theirs), and you get a chance to play through a similar rig, suddenly some of what he does becomes demystified.

When playing at eleven, a circuit is created between the guitar and amplifier that can't really be replicated at low volume. The sound coming out of the amplifier actually goes back into the guitar and back out the amp and produces feedback, sustain, and compression that you hear on lots of these great recordings. I'm not saying the guitar playing is easy but if you played through this rig, it would be "easier." You'd also develop hearing issues in short order. Believe me, I know. ;-/