I was sitting around reading the latest issue Of Guitar Aficionado and there was an article about the Gibson Sunburst Les Paul from 1958-1960. In it, they write how Eric Clapton was the first to really popularize the guitar for a lot of the 60’s British guitarists. Jimmy Page was quoted as saying “Eric was the first one to evolve the sound with the Les Paul and Marshall amps”. In the article Guitar Aficionado write about how the John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers albums shows off what Clapton was doing with the Les Paul Sunburst, in particular the song Hide Away (a Freddie King remake).
Clapton said “What I would do was use the bridge pickup with all of the bass turned up, so the sound was very thick and on the edge of distortion. I also always used amps that would overload. I would have the amp on full, with the volume on the guitar also turned up full, so everything was on full volume and overloading. It was all those things, plus the distortion, that created what I suppose you could call my sound.”
So for some reason after reading this I thought to myself “maybe I can learn Hideaway.” To say this was an over ambitious attempt for me is an understatement… but I thought I’d give it a try anyway. I recently joined Lick Library and as it happened, they had a video lesson for Eric Clapton’s version of Hideaway from the John Mayall & The Blues Breakers album. The video lesson is broken up into twenty sections across five videos, so I knew this was going to take a while.
I originally wasn’t going to post this until I knew it all, but then I figured why not show it as I learn it since that’s what this site is about. I wouldn’t want you to think I just learned to play this all at once. For this section alone I’ve probably put in about 4-5 hours total for a whopping 39 seconds of the song. I think it will be a while before I get the whole thing down.