How to Play "After Midnight" by Eric Clapton

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 24, 2017 at 3:21 PM

By the time he released his 1970 self-titled debut solo album, guitarist Eric Clapton had already become a "guitar god" via his monumental work with the Yardbirds, John Mayall's Blues Breakers, Cream, and Blind Faith. The biggest cut from that record was Clapton's cover of J.J. Cale's "After Midnight," featuring a deceptively difficult uptempo guitar riff and slick, signature unison bend licks in the solo.

In 1988, Clapton recut the track at a much slower tempo with a laid-back groove for a Michelob beer commercial. But it's the 1970 original that we tasked instructor Doug Boduch with teaching to you. That main riff is tricky, so be sure to heed Doug's advice on getting it right.

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Here's the original 1970 version:



And here's the 1988 remake. Which version do you prefer?

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Joe on March 15, 2020 at 7:27 AM

I prefer the 1988 version. Clapton was peaking again from the late 80s to early 90s. Saw him in 90 or 91 in Cleveland.