Layla Unplugged Guitar Lesson Videos – Eric Clapton

In these Layla Unplugged guitar lesson videos you will learn how to play Eric Clapton's acoustic version of his classic hit note-for-note!

The original version of Layla was released in 1971 as part of the album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs by Derek and the Dominos. It is co-written by Jim Gordon.

These Layla Unplugged guitar lesson videos focus on his acoustic reworking of that hit that became an instant classic. With these video guitar lessons I will take you through all of the rhythm guitar parts and solos played by Eric Clapton in this iconic performance.

Originally recorded for the MTV unplugged series, the live album from the TV broadcast became one of the biggest selling albums of his career.

Eric Clapton earned six Grammy Awards for the album including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Best Rock Male Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song.

The Layla Unplugged guitar lesson videos are 3 video lessons in all, each breaking down a different section of the song. Have fun sinking your teeth into an all time classic and one of the greatest rock love songs ever. Good luck!! 😀

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Layla Unplugged Guitar Lesson - Intro

Layla Unplugged Guitar Lesson - Verse and Chorus

Layla Unplugged Guitar Lesson - Solo


  1. peter on August 23, 2013 at 10:32 am

    mr ,carl brown. my spelling is bad so bear with me pls.i have to say out of all you tube videos i had seen,this one teaching this and that,it didnt thrill me by anymeans.but when i found you on the tube you are thee best instructer i have ever take your time with note for note,in a nut shell u are the best out there.thanks to u i can play joe satrani’s sacth boogie.need to learn solo part next……thanks for all the hard work you do for guys like us.who want to learn.and i will donate some money to keep this site going/.i think everyone should.a guitar lesson runs $40 an hour,so ppl do the math,lets all give back to what was giveng.your pal peter………aka (axe)

  2. ABDERRAHMAN on September 13, 2013 at 4:47 am


  3. Mike Gibbs on October 29, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Hi Carl Just came across your website. Really enjoyed watching the Layla video. Are you able to provide a tab for the song. I have guitar pro yet none of the tabs are accurate.

    • Carl Brown on November 1, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      Hey Mike, unfortunately due to copyright restrictions I can’t include TAB with most of my song lesson videos.

      Sorry.. 🙁 Carl…

  4. Akmal Coolz on October 30, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    nice lessons. I got one song request “Eric Clapton – Tears In Heaven”. Plzz

    • Carl Brown on November 1, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      Sounds like a good choice to me. I will put it on my to-do list. 🙂


  5. Akmal Coolz on November 13, 2013 at 8:39 am

    im yours (jason mraz) by sungha jung.. plz……

  6. Mark Werheim on November 15, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Hi Carl,

    Any thought to laying down the electric version of Layla?

    Your humble student.


    • Carl Brown on November 19, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      Yeah maybe, the slide part at the end would do me in though. I truly suck at playing slide guitar. Haha!!

  7. DLCampbell on November 29, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Carl, you inspire me to once again play the guitar. I quit for many years
    and have regrets. I will help your site, as to the time you put into your work. I hope to see you and your God given ability for a long time.
    I have very little money, but will contribute as soon as I can. Keep up the exceptional work, and I look forward to starting my journey once more

    • Carl Brown on November 29, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks a bunch for the kind comment. Hope you stay inspired to play for a long time! 🙂

      I have a lot more lessons on the way!


  8. Gilles Plamondon on January 17, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Great song ! I love this stuff. I also work on those finger exercises, they’re tough but it pays off. We get a lot for our money, thanks. So every once in a while I’ll ask for a request and when or if you play it I’ll donate more for your time.

    Thanks again Carl.

    So, if you can “Cats in the cradle”

    • Carl Brown on January 17, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Hey Gilles, I will definitely look into getting “Cats In The Cradle” on the site very soon!


  9. Patrick on June 17, 2014 at 4:45 am

    Great lesson…I hope you will do some day a guitar lesson for “In memory of Elizabeth Reed” by the Allman brothers band…Thank you for all the work your are sharing…

  10. Anonymous on July 25, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Guys, if you really need TAB’s support the musicians and BUY them. In this case the book Wolf Marshall wrote for the Unplugged album is worth every cent.

  11. george kerr on February 22, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Thanks for this lesson. A song I always wanted to play correctly and now thanks to your help I can. Some more unplugged songs would be great, esp. Nobody Knows you and some of the Robert Johnson songs.
    Thanks again.

  12. Ted Goff on December 24, 2018 at 11:06 am

    Thanks. Relearning unplugged Layla. Good to know that how I was previously taught is pretty consistent with how you teach it. Another on my “relearn” list is “Change the World.” Any chance of that one being taught?
    Thanks again.I enjoy your lessons and you have taught me some that would have been hopeless if left to my own devices. 🙂

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