Learn to play "Sunshine of Your Love" by Cream on Ukulele

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This month's Whiteboard Request teaches you how to play the 1967 hit song "Sunshine of Your Love" by the British rock band Cream. After attending a Jimi Hendrix concert, Cream's bassist Jack Bruce developed the riff that is still so recognizable today. Fellow band member Eric Clapton later contributed to the song and said that the iconic riff was "strictly a dedication to Jimi".

Watch Cream perform Sunshine of Your Love at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: VIDEO

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  1. Thank You for this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My era!!!!! 🙂

    Next comments are generation to generation please take with a grain of salt:

    First, Eric is Blues at his core and not “British “Pop” Rock.” Hopefully I can buy you a drink one day and discuss the “feeling” of this versus the 3 chord blues and 4 chord pop progression. I think you need to be Old or Blues fascinated to get it.

    Research on Eric’s personal history will bear out his fascination with his American “Seattle” (my home town) blues scene of the early to mid 20th century. Netflix currently has a great documentary on Eric, his influences (blues), his life (blues), his family losses (blues), his sad heroin and alcohol addictions (blues), and his career(blues). He is one of the greatest blues artist of all times! Period! At 60 I know i’m much older than you but Eric does not belong in the same genre as the “pop” Beatles and Michel Jackson. Eric lives within 12 bars and I IV V! You’ve stepped on a musical religious nerve of the boomer generation whom I perceive is a significant percentage of your base. Eric is a prophet! Treat him accordingly.

    Second impression: Without a bass? Need I say more? Would love to be surprised on a rendition of this song without a bass. This song is 3 piece stripped down to a minimum. How does a single ukulele play this? A challenge?

    Before I make my next statements: You’re a 10+ on the Uke. I’m a -1.

    Middle bent-knuckle finger (which you taught me) multi-string D to C ring ringer is faster for me than 3 finger D with pinky C. Almost” always, for D dexterity I’m finding the multi-finger to be faster. (my months of silence have been exploring the dexterity of multi-finger chords and multiple ways of making chords) I’m still exploring the rich content of multi-finger and multi-ways of making chords.

    UU is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Coming to Seattle soon? Let me know.

    Papa Chris

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