John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton – Hideaway

John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers With Eric Claption

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.

Guitar: Gibson Les Paul Goldtop ’57 Reissue
Amp: Vox AC15CC
Effects: Keeley Fuzz Head

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8 Responses to “John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton – Hideaway”


  1. […] I posted a while back, I was learning Eric Clapton’s version of Hideaway using a Lick Library lesson video. Of […]

  2. […] a head for me when I set out to properly re-learn Hideaway with the help of Kit. Since I learned the first part of Hideaway on my own, I wasn’t paying attention to my picking technique… I mainly cared about what […]


  1. Storm says:

    That was good to hear!

    Don’t worry about a lot of practice time for a small amount of a song you are playing. It is like that in the beginning. The work you are doing now you will continue reusing later!
    .-= Storm´s last blog ..The Beatles – Complete Scores [Bookshelf] =-.

  2. Retro Hound says:

    One of my all-time favorite albums. You’re getting there. I’m going to have to try this. I just got a Epi Les Paul Ultra (basically a hollowed-out LP).
    .-= Retro Hound´s last blog ..Linda Ronstadt – Don’t Cry Now =-.

  3. AG says:

    Nice website. Your playing here sounds promising.

    One thing I think you need to work on is keeping your picking hand more relaxed. Watch your video – you’ll see how the three free fingers on your right hand are scrunched up into a sort of mini-claw grip – that’s not what you should be striving for. Those three fingers should be naturally hanging and curved just like they look when you just let your right arm naturally hang at your side. Try it…let your right arm just hang there…see that natural curve in those fingers? That’s what they should look like when you’re playing. Practice scales slowly in front of a metronome and focus on your picking hand. It takes time…lots of time…but your picking hand is extremely important so it’s worth devoting the time to let that hand be nice and relaxed. Good luck, keep at it.

  4. I know Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page! It’s true they were both guitar guru.

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