Our legendary guitar solo of the day is the solo performed in "LAYLA" by the legendary guitarist Mr. ERIC CLAPTON. "Layla" is a song written by Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon, originally released by their blues rock band Derek and the Dominos, as the thirteenth track from their album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (November 1970). Its famously contrasting movements were composed separately by Clapton and Gordon. Clapton poured all of himself into the intense, majestic “Layla,” which he named after the classical Persian love poem, “The Story of Layla and the Majnun.” by the 12th-century Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi, a copy of which Ian Dallas had given to Clapton. The book moved Clapton profoundly, because it was the tale of a young man who fell hopelessly in love with a beautiful, unavailable woman and went crazy because he could not marry her. The song was further inspired by Clapton's then unrequited love for Pattie Boyd, the wife of his friend and fellow musician George Harrison of The Beatles. The acoustic version won the 1993 Grammy Award for Best Rock Song. The original song began as a ballad, but quickly became a rocker, with Duane Allman reportedly coming up with the opening riff which would alter the tune. Eric Clapton rearranged this song completely new. But if you know the original, you’ll see that it’s less different than it sounds like. The keys are the same D minor and C# minor, which is just a semitone below. The song’s opening chords are straight forward and easy to follow. Dm-Bb-C-Dm are straight out of the F major scale. When the singing begins, the music takes a turn by changing keys. You move a half-step down from Dm to C#m, which is relative to E.
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