Sunshine Of Your Love Guitar Lesson – Cream

In this Sunshine Of You Love guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play this Cream classic note-for-note.

The main riff was actually written by Jack Bruce but played and expanded to great effect by Eric Clapton.

This Sunshine Of Your Love guitar lesson begins with the single note version of the the riff that opens the song.

From there we continue through different variations on that riff with the addition of double stops in addition to taking the riff to the IV chord.

Probably the most challenging aspect of this Sunshine Of Your Love guitar lesson will be the the quick triple stop triads stabs and use of the thumb for some of the bass notes.

I do show a couple of different ways of playing those quick triads that Clapton plays. He actually plays them a bit differently today than he did on the original recording so I just demonstrated both for completeness sake.

In the second video lesson, I will demonstrate how to play Eric Clapton's solo for "Sunshine of Your Love" phrase-by-phrase. This solo has lots of bends a some strange phrasing to get your head around. Hopefully you will find the lesson easy to follow though. 🙂

In any case, I hope you enjoy learning one of Cream's biggest chart topping hits!


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Sunshine Of Your Love Guitar Lesson - Main Riff

Sunshine Of Your Love Guitar Lesson - Solo


  1. Logan Rush on September 6, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Can you please do a lesson for this song’s solo

  2. Robert Bowles on May 28, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have always loved this song since it first came out!
    You will never know how much we appreciate your expertise and work in getting these songs together.

  3. bill mclean on October 13, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Would love to see the solo for this one

  4. Daniel Schram on October 25, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Thanks Carl! I would love to see a lesson on the solo for this one…

  5. mark roddy on April 30, 2016 at 10:36 pm


  6. Mark France on May 23, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Carl, another vote for the solo!

  7. Scott Thoburn on June 16, 2017 at 5:23 am

    Carl, great lesson but you need tab notes with this lesson because it is so complicated It is hard to follow.

    • Carl Brown on June 17, 2017 at 8:38 am

      Wish I could but the TABS would be illegal. 🙁

      • Katie on February 7, 2022 at 5:34 am

        It seems like it would be helpful to mention that the solo is based on the melody of Blue Moon.

  8. Daniel Schram on December 22, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    Thanks again Carl. Appreciate you doing EC’s solo for us. You break it down very well, it is easy to follow you as you demonstrate how it’s played.

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