April 15, 2021

This video lesson breaks down every single lick Eric Clapton plays on Cream’s iconic live version of Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads,” from the equally iconic “Wheels of Fire” album. I hope you dig it–Eric’s playing is just incredible and inspiring on this classic track!

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  1. Rick...aka...BlueRick says:

    As usual, your playing is spot on, and note for note, Your explanation of how to play this piece was understandable and relatable. I found myself thinking of different ways to use some of the licks you demonstrated..A great job Andy.

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    • andyaledort says:

      Much Thanks Rick, very glad you dig it. This is of course one of my all-time favorite performances and I think there are a few generations of guitar players that feel the same way. IGTV banned my version w/Cream’s backing track for copyright infringement, so i am posting another that is “guitar only;” but the website (and YouTube) will still feature this version.
      Thanks and all the best!
      Andy

    • andyaledort says:

      Hey Todd–
      Thanks very glad you dig it. The truss rod cover is sitting right here but the holes for the screws got too big, after 15 years of neck adjustments, so it’s easier to leave it off! I should leave it off all of my gtrs (but I don’t)!

      Andy

  2. George Grima says:

    Hi Andy
    Thank you for your incredible lesson on Crossroads. This live version on Wheels of Fire is my all time favourite song of any artist. This song was my beginning point into blues rock. You have done best job explaining how crossroads is broken down.

    Much appreciation from Manchester England

    George Grima

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    • andyaledort says:

      George—
      Thanks so much for your kind words and I’m so glad this video has been helpful to you. I remember being 12 years old when “Wheels of Fire” came out & it had the same impact on me as The Beatles “White Album” (same summer!) I couldn’t believe a band could create music this incredibly creative & original. “Crossroads” was instantly a must-learn for every gtr player and I still love trying to get all those details right today. Here’s a version of us playing it live from two years ago: https://www.facebook.com/groups/323170251179602/permalink/1529105953919353/
      Thanks & all the best & I look forward to connecting with you again soon!
      Andy

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