(J. J. Cale)
From the Eric Clapton album Slowhand
I decided to continue the trend of the last few weeks by posting another J. J. Cale song. Like last week's transcription of "After Midnight," this is Radle's bass line from Eric Clapton's cover released on the 1977 Slowhand album.
This is a typical J. J. Cale song, elegant in its simplicity. The chord progression just alternates between E and D for most of the song. There is no chorus to speak of, just a refrain at the end of each verse that steps down E – D – C – B. So by learning a few measures of music, you’ll be prepared to play this whole song.
Radle’s groove is appropriately simple. During the verses, he usually plays the root of the chord on beat 1, the 5th on beat 3, then back to the root on beat 4. (See sample measures below.) At its core, it is essentially a simple country bass line. He embellishes it regularly, but this is the basic groove.
A full transcription is below.