How to Play Eric Clapton’s Cocaine on Guitar

Hey, this is Jon McLennan with Guitar Control, I want to show you the Intro lead parts to Eric Clapton’s “Cocaine” it’s actually written by JJ Cale, but we’re looking at Eric Clapton’s version and he’s one of my favorite players.


So let’s zoom in and check out some of the licks. Clapton comes in on an E Barre chord and this is played like this 7-9-9-9, and Clapton uses his first finger and his pinky you could use your first in your third or your first in your pinky so you play that chord twice and then you move down two frets to a D chord and then back up to an E, so it sounds like this and then you rest, you mute the strings then you go back down to this 5-7-7, D chord I’m only playing the inner four strings the 5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd, my 1st and my 6th are muted then he does a Hendrix II kind of trill or even like early blues Muddy Waters and sounding stuff.

It’s the open 5th string with a hammer to the 2nd fret, I use my first finger think Stevie Ray Vaughn use this second finger to do this kind of stuff but for me I like the first and then you hammer down and then you pull off do that repeatedly and it gives you what’s called a trill then you play the open 4th string and hammer into the 2nd fret and at that point there’s a lot of guitars layered so another guitar comes in and is going and you’re just letting that note ring out and then you play this great bluesy fill on the open E, know he goes like this so that was a D-string hammer-on the 2nd fret 5th string D, A, 3rd fret 6th string with a little pull open E and then an E octave above on the 2nd fret 4th string.

So let’s put those two legs together, now he moves up to the 7th fret on the 3rd string plays next plays the 9th fret on the 4th string moves down a whole step same finger then play the 5th fret hammer to the 6th and then you got 7-5-7, associated with that E or E7 shape see it sounding like an E7 chord and then the last little lick just goes so the last lick is just open A, to the 2nd fret 5th string back to the motif and that’s all these solos over by the way to is just that E to D progression which is a real great Rock groove so that’s all there is to the intro.

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