Watch the The Londoner online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Focus On: British Blues
This solo incorporates, among many other things, two essential elements to Eric Clapton's guitar playing style. First is what I like to call "stutter" phrasing. We can hear this in bars 3 and 4 when I'm really sitting behind the beat and playing shorter staccato notes. We hear this quite a bit in the Mayall/Cream era of Clapton's playing on tunes like "Sleep Time Time" and "Outside Woman Blues" among others. Second is controlled bending, where we bend as much as a minor third and work the notes in between as seen on bars 5 and 6. This is most classically shown by Clapton in his fantastic solo on "Sunshine of Your Love". Having grown up in hearing the song all the time on the radio in New York City, I often dismissed this solo until I was a little older and revisited it, and dang, it is hard to play! His control over the bends and phrasing makes it a must learn solo. He also plays some stutter phrasing in there too. I also highly suggest that you memorize the fast lick at the turn around at the end of the song and practice it in different keys, it's a really cool one to whip out.