In case you aren't swifter than 120 beats per minute, I should note that what you are hearing is not Clapton, but rather someone cleverly synching clichés of bad guitar playing to the video... and in the style of the guitarist as well. (Whoever did this has applied a similar treatment to a number of other iconic guitarists. See the YouTube page; the "Jake E. Lee shreds" video is even more hilarious if you're an '80s metal and/or Ozzy fan.)
I find this video and others like it interesting
because I've been exploring the concept of humor in music. Typically
musical "jokes" tend to come through lyrics or occassionally "silly" forms
like circus music. Sometimes musical tricks can be applied to humorous
effect such as punctuating phrases with well-timed dissonance or even employing
rapid transitions to sound extremely fluid (e.g., trombones are "funnier"
instruments than pianos). In this video we have something else entirely.
In music, impressions are usually tributes. In comedy, impressions
are anything but flattering to their subject, and that's the source of
the humor. In this case the latter is operative, and that's a rare
Alternatively, the antithesis of the first video is this one in which EC totally shreds... but he looks like the Joker. WTF?
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