Derek and The Dominos Song Lesson Playlist

Derek and The Dominos was a short-lived but highly influential band in the world of rock music. Led by guitar virtuoso Eric Clapton, the band formed in 1970 and released only one studio album, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. The album is considered a masterpiece of blues-rock, showcasing Clapton’s masterful guitar playing and the band’s tight musical interplay. Despite their short tenure, Derek and The Dominos left an indelible mark on the world of rock music, influencing generations of musicians to come.

Here at JamPlay, we work with the best guitar instructors around to create the most accurate and comprehensive song lessons for guitar. So, let’s learn how to play some of Derek and The Dominos’ top hits on guitar!


“Layla” – Derek and The Dominos Song Lesson – JamPlay

The album’s title track, “Layla,” has become one of the most recognizable and beloved rock songs of all time, with its soaring guitar riff and passionate vocals. Clapton wrote this song, along with most others from the record, about his infatuation with George Harrison’s wife, Patti Boyd. The recording sessions for Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs took place between August and October of 1970 at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida, and were produced by Tom Dowd.

In this lesson with Lance Ruby, you’ll learn how to play all of the guitar parts for “Layla.” For the breakdown with tab & notation, check out Lance’s full lesson on JamPlay.

“Have You Ever Loved a Woman” – Song Lesson – JamPlay

Originally made famous in the 1960s by blues artist, Freddie King, “Have You Ever Loved a Woman” became a regular part of Eric Clapton’s repertoire. With the help of Duane Allman and producer Tom Dowd, Clapton’s version made its way onto Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. Chock full of great blues riffs, “Have You Ever Loved a Woman” is a perfect tune to learn if you’re expanding your own blues guitar repertoire.

Luckily, educator Stuart Ziff is here to be your guide! Check out his full lesson on JamPlay for note-for-note breakdowns of this song featuring tab & notation.

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