• Song:

    Strange Brew

  • Artist:

    Cream

  • Album:

    Stepping Out

This is Strange Brew, the first tune on Disreali Gears by Cream.
For those who don't know, Cream was one of the first bands to expirement with hard rock as
we know it today, and their guitarist was Eric Clapton, also known as a god.
This is a great tune to learn for anyone interested in getting into blues rock.
There's already one decent version of this song on the internet, but it has some flaws, and it's 
missing the solos.

The way to get Eric's fuzzy tone is by setting the pickup selector in the middle and turning
the tone knob down for the rhythm, or neck pickup.

Eric solos in A minor.

Rhythm: 

  A7                   D9                    A7                   A7
------5--------------------5---------------------5--------------------5--------------
------8--------------------5---------------------8--------------------8--------------
------6--------------------5---------------------6--------------------6--------------
------5---------5h7--------4---------5h7---------5---------5h7--------5---------5h7--
------7---5h7-7--------5-5-5---5h7-7-------------7---5h7-7------------7---5h7-7------
--5-5----------------------------------------5-5------------------5-5----------------

   D9                 D9                    A7                   A7
------5--------------------5---------------------5--------------------5--------------
------5--------------------5---------------------8--------------------8--------------
------5--------------------5---------------------6--------------------6--------------
------4---------5h7--------4---------5h7---------5---------5h7--------5---------5h7--
--5-5-5---5h7-7--------5-5-5---5h7-7-------------7---5h7-7------------7---5h7-7------
---------------------------------------------5-5------------------5-5----------------

  E7#9                 D9                    A7                   A7
---------------------------5---------------------5--------------------5--------------
------8--------------------5---------------------8--------------------8--------------
------7--------------------5---------------------6--------------------6--------------
------6---------5h7--------4---------5h7---------5---------5h7--------5---------5h7--
--7-7-7---5h7-7--------5-5-5---5h7-7-------------7---5h7-7------------7---5h7-7------
---------------------------------------------5-5------------------5-5----------------

This is the chord pattern for the verse; the only time this differs is during the solo when
Eric substitutes an A7 for the first D9.

Intro:

------------------------------------------------8-----8---8----------------8-----------5----------
--8h10~--8h10-8-8--------------------------------10~---10--10-------------8-10-8hb------5---------
------------------97-5b7-7-5b7-7b9r7p5---5hb----------------97-5hb----/9----------7b9--7-5hb----
----------------------------------------7----------------------------7------------------------7---
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------7--
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Fills:

0:36            0:42
------------------------------------------
----------------8b10-10r8-8hb-5-----------
--7b9-5-7--5~------------------7-5b7------
---------/7-------------------------7-----
-------------------------------------7~---
------------------------------------------

0:51                 1:05
------5-----------------8---------
--------8-5------------8-10-8hb---
--7b9------7-5-------/9-----------
---------------7------------------
-----------------7~---------------
----------------------------------

1:09                        1:18
------5-------------------------5--------------
--------8-5----8------------------5------------
--7b9-------7/9-97-5-7/9---7b9-----7-5--------
----------------------------------------7------
------------------------------------------7~---
-----------------------------------------------

Solo:

----8-10b12---10b12-10b12-12r10-8-8----8--12r10-10-8------8-----8---------------------
--10--------10----------------------10----------------10-10------8--10p8--------------
---------------------------------------------------------------/9-------9-7-5hb-------
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------7-7~--
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

------5--------8hb-10-9hb-9hb-9hb-9hb-9hb-9hb--8b10-10-8b10-10-8-----5----------------
--------8/--10---------------------------------------------------10----8-5------------
--5h6----------------------------------------------------------------------7-5--------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------7------
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------7~---
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Outro:
                                       A7#9
------0-5p0-3p0----------------------------
--3b5--------------------------8-------5---
----------------7b9r7-5h7-5-7/9-97-5--5----
---------------------------------------4---
---------------------------------------5---
-------------------------------------------

That's it - feel free to post any corrections.
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