Crossroads Cream Cover Free Online Guitar Lesson Tim Pierce

Crossroads Cream Guitar Lesson

Crossroads was recorded by Eric Clapton and Cream in 1968 when I was 10 years old.

I started dreaming of the guitar around then, and I didn’t start playing till age 12. By the time I was 14 I was playing whatever version of crossroads I could muster. Once again I have to thank Steve Maase for being probably the greatest guitar teacher in the world. We were and still are lucky to have Steve in Albuquerque New Mexico. For this version of Crossroads I used a BAE DMP Mic Pre. You can see it in the background while I’m playing. The DMP is a simple, affordable Neve style mic pre. Honestly I think the BAE microphone preamps, sound just like the original vintage Neves, but with a little better top end and are a little more open sounding. I used a Gibson ES 335 that is not special in any way, it was produced in the 80s. It has stock pick ups and for this video I put 9’s on so I could stretch the strings easily. As usual it’s the divided by 13 RSA 23 with a Bob Bradshaw Dunlop boost in front of it. The Dunlop boost is essentially an improved microamp. There is aΒ Crossroads Extra Video available to anyone who signs up for the newsletter! Also, as a thank you to all the people that have become members of this site there is a Crossroads Outtakes Video and Jam Track Available! In the Crossroads Outtakes video, I show how I do create a written outline for the solo with a certain sections that stay the same and in other sections that are open for improvisation. The content will be available below when you are signed in. Thanks for all your support and I hope you enjoy these videos as much as I do making them!!! If you want to make suggestions for the next Free Online Guitar Lesson | How To Play Guitar Video please write it in a comment below.  

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63 thoughts on “Crossroads Cream Guitar Lesson

  1. Aaron Smith

    Yes!! Love how accurately you breakdown down solos Tim. Ive watched countless videos of my heroes dreaming to play their stuff and you break it down with such ease and make it effortless for me to learn

  2. Mark

    Thanks for this lesson, Tim. This tune was the inspiration for picking the guitar back up after six years of gathering dust. The solos were my bane. I like it better the way you used to do it but it is easier and sounds real tight the way you show it in this lesson. I can always use inspiration from a youngster like you and these Internet lessons are the best. Thanks again from your new BFF.

  3. Joseph Calabrese

    Tim, your melodic tie-ins seem to be endless ,as is your ability to use the whole neck with seamless execution and somehow you make it look effortless..Nice work as always !

  4. bill

    Great lesson Tim! LOVE your playing.

    Question for you: (and I know you’re busy so if you can’t respond don’t worry about it) I use my little finger on chords of course but my leads are mostly fingers 1 through 3. I notice you sometimes play similarly on your leads. Any advice on using all five fingers on the lead hand? Should I force myself to use my little finger more in my leads? What’s your opinion?

    Thanks again for the GREAT playing and your easy, low stress teaching method.

    Best regards.

    1. Tim Pierce Post author

      Bill thank you for the message. I always face the same dilemma, but I try and use my little finger as much as possible….
      And the weird thing about me is that I use it for power cords!! Thanks Tim

  5. Peter Eiseman

    Tim, thanks for the great info and lessons. I love your teaching style and your playing. I wish that I had found you a long time ago. BTW, I was 12 when Crossroads was first recorded. I started playing when I was 14.

    I look forward to more great music from you!

  6. Ronal

    Hi Tim, new member here and I have to say you are an outstanding teacher…really enjoying the site and lessons…I have been playing since 1964 and played professionally from 1968- 1972 full time and then part time till 1991…played mostly in soul bands back then and was fortunate to have been on a lot of Motown shows with Stevie Wonder, Temptations, Four Tops, Smokey and the Miracles, Wilson Pickett etc……also got to open for and share a dressing room with Jimmy Vaughn and the Fabulous Thunderbirds in 81… at 65 I am just playing at home and enjoying relearning all these classics…Thanks so much for what you are doing Tim…Have a great year my friend!!

  7. tony

    Tim, Finally I have found someone on UTube that I can take seriously about learning new material. Your lessons are invaluable. I take them to my guitar teacher occasionally and we BOTH learn something.

  8. Bill

    Hi Tim

    It looked like you had a blast playing that track. I now realise where I’ve been playing the darn this wrong all these years, particularly the arpeggio in the introduction.

    Top job again.

    Many thanks


  9. Andre

    Hi Tim,
    It’s great to have found such a gifted player and teacher. Many thanks for your generous videos and all the info.
    Thanks also for the latest Crossroads lesson. I had a question regarding the D7 arpeggio segment. I was finding it easier for me to use the pinky to finger the 5th string C bend at the third fret rather than the ring so that I could leave all the D7 fingers in place. What do you think about that as an alternative way to play that portion?
    Thanks again for this great site!
    Best, Andre

    1. Tim Pierce Post author

      Andre, my friend at shut up and play guitar does it that way…and honestly you’re right I think it is a better way. For me there are times when I just choose not to use my little finger because the third finger feels stronger.
      Comment makes me want to find a video of Eric Clapton doing and see how he does it.

  10. Bruce

    Another song from that era that would be fun to learn is the opening lead to Who Do You Love covered by Quicksilver Messenger Service off of the Happy Trails album. That is the song that made me want to play the guitar. I learned most of it except one passage that I can’t quite hear.

    Anyway, thanks for the lesson.

  11. scott galyon

    Great lesson, Tim. Fortunately, you’re from my generation so I know all future lessons will be songs I grew up with, too. πŸ™‚

    I vote for continuing the early Clapton theme with a lesson on Steppin’ Out from his Bluesbreaker days.

    or going for Lines On My Face by Peter Frampton

    or I Need You or Saturday Night Special by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

    I’m sure whatever you come up with will be cool because you, too, grew up during the age of great guitar-centric music. There’s a huge library to choose from.

  12. Andy Floyd

    I’ve been trying to learn how to play Jeff Beck’s Goodbye Pork Pie Hat and there is very little you tube material out there. Not sure if he is an artist you enjoy but if you love him as much as I do, I would love it if you did a lesson on that song.
    Thanks for all the lessons. You are the best teacher I have experienced on you tube so far.

  13. Paul

    Hi Tim…new member here.

    Your talent is more than obvious, but what else is obvious is your love for what you do. What a blessing!

    I may even go so far as to say your patience and pleasant approach is almost as valuable as your talent. For that we are ALL blessed.


  14. soulrebelno1

    Hi Tim,
    I’ve just joined your happy clan because I really appreciate your guitar playing and I like the music you like, probably because we’re of a similar age – what a decade that was πŸ˜‰

    Anyway, I know you like using your Divided by 13 Amp but I was wondering about the Kemper Profiler that you have. What do you think of it sound-wise, say compared to an Axe-Fx II XL+; does it really capture the “sonic DNA of any amp”? Also, what are the effects like, for instance, the formant pitch shifter?

    Keep up the good work.


  15. John Shipley

    Tim, I have played Crossroads since 1970 and have heard many guys play a good version of it. But I have never heard it any better than you did from the 45-1:05 second mark on your video. Simply amazing. I am hoping you will slow that down and give a lesson on that. BTW, are you close to Norm’s?? Thanks J

  16. Jorge

    I’m just a brazilian singer, but when watching your video, I wanted to learn to play this solo right away. Thanks for so much inspiration!!!

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