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Today we are going to learn how to play "Crossroads" as recorded live by Cream in 1967 for the Wheels of Fire album.

This song is effectively a rocked out 12 bar blues full of timeless Clapton riffs and licks. The guitar alternates between rhythm playing, melodic playing and full on soloing. This is a great example of how one guitar and a rhythm section can create a full and rocking sound. Behold, the power trio!

In this tutorial we will talk about tone and gear, well learn the intro, the verses, the solos and the outro. The song is in 4/4 time with a quarter note of approximately 133 BPM. Let's get started!