Eric Clapton
Key To The Highway (Guitar tab)

From: "Name Unknown"
Subject: c/clapton_eric/key_to_the_highway.tab
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2002 13:16:58 +0000

Key To the Highway
Eric Clapton and B.B. King
>From the album �Riding with the King�

This tab is completely my own work. It�s my first tab, so it�s not 100%
accurate. Also, this tab does not show timings, so you�ll have to listen to
the song for accurate timings.
This is an easy Clapton/King song that should give you more rhythm ideas and
increase your repertoire of blues licks.

Rhythm ideas:

The chord pattern is A, E7, F#m, F#m, A, E7, A
Here are some rhythm ideas that are used throughout the song:

e|-/9-9-9-9-9-9-9-----------10101010-----2-2-2-2-
B|-/10101010101010----------9-9-9-9------2-2-2-2-
G|-/9-9-9-9-9-9-9-----------9-9-9-9------2-2-2-2-
D|-----------------/11-10-9-9-9-9-9------4-4-4-4-
A|---------------------------------------4-4-4-4-
E|-----------------------------------0-1-2-2-2-2- etc etc
A E7 F#m

There are countless variations on this theme throughout the song, so you can
stick to the chord shapes shown or make up your own variations.

Chord pattern example: verse 1:
I�ve got the key to the ...
A E7

Be all...
F#m

Gonna l...
A

Walkin�s most too slow
E A (turnaround)

Here�s a simple turnaround idea, which can be expanded upon if you like,
although you don�t have to include a turnaround at all.

e|-----------------
B|--5-3-2-1--------
G|-----------------
D|-----------------
A|-7-5-4-3-2-0-1-2-
E|-----------------

Here�s an example of a fill that�s sometimes used when changing from A to E:

A|---2-0-----
E|-0-----3-0-

Lead: This lead section is fairly accurate, although again timing is not
shown. It isn�t clear which parts Clapton or King play throughout this song.





Intro lead:

e|----------------------------12b14-12b14-12-10----------------
B|-12b14-12b14-12b14-12b14-12-------------------13-12----12----
G|----------------------------------------------------14----11-

e|---------------------12----------------------12-11-10----------
B|------12b14-12b14-15----12b14-12-------10-------------13h14----
G|-11-14---------------------------11-14-11-14----------------14-


e|-----------------
B|-7h8-5---------5-
G|-------7-5-5h6---

In the verses some parts are played after the sung parts, whereas other
parts continue into the sung parts etc. You�ll have to listen to the song to
know when to play each bit.

Verse 1 lead � Clapton sings
e|----------------------7-------------------
B|----------10---8b9-10---------10-10-------
G|-------6/9-------------9-7/11------11-----
D|----7-9------------------------------12---
A|-7-9--------------------------------------
E|------------------------------------------

e|-12b14-12-10-10------------9------------------------
B|----------------13-13-10-------------------------10-
G|-------------------------11---9p7p6---9------9-11---
D|----------------------------------------9h11--------
A|----------------------------------------------------
E|----------------------------------------------------

e|---------------------------------
B|-11/13-12-12-10--10-10/14--------
G|-x-------------11-----------12---
D|-------------------------14---14-
A|---------------------------------
E|---------------------------------

Verse 2 lead � King sings
In this verse there is hardly any lead guitar at all. For most of the verse
the only lead guitar to be heard is this:
B|-10
G|-11
So you can improvise a lead using ideas from the licks in this tab. At the
end of the verse there is a bit of lead:

e|------------------7/9----------
B|-13-12-12-10-10----------------
G|----------------9-----9-9-9�-9-
D|-----------------------------9-
A|-------------------------------
E|-------------------------------






Verse 3 lead � Clapton sings

e|-------------------------------------------13b14-12-10-------
B|----------10-------------------------------------------13-10-
G|-------6-9---------------------------10----------------------
D|----7-9---------8-11b12r11-9---9-9/11------------------------
A|-7-9-------------------------11------------------------------
E|-------------------------------------------------------------

e|----9\7---------------------------------------------------5-7-5-
B|------------------------10-8------------------------5-----------
G|-11-----9----6-7-8-9�9-------9-7------------------6---4-6-------
D|-----------9---------------------10p7-10b11-7-7-----------------
A|----------------------------------------------------------------
E|----------------------------------------------------------------

Solo

e|-5-5--9-9-9-9-9-9-9---12b14-12-10-------------------------------
B|-5�5-10101010101010�10------------14-13-12-10-----10--10--------
G|-6-6--9-9-9-9-9-9-9---------------------------9/11--10�-11------
D|-7-7-------------------------------------------------------11---
A|-------------------------------------------------------------12-
E|----------------------------------------------------------------

e|-12b14r12-12-10-9-----------------------------12-10----------
B|------------------13-13-10-----10-12b14r12-10-------13-12-10-
G|---------------------------9-11------------------------------
D|-------------------------------------------------------------
A|-------------------------------------------------------------
E|-------------------------------------------------------------

e|--------------------------------------------------
B|-----------------14b16r14-14-10-8-7-------------5-
G|-12b13-11-9--7-9--------------------10-9--------5-
D|----------------------------------------11------6-
A|------------------------------------------12----7-
E|--------------------------------------------12----

Solo contd (GTR II) Note that the beginning of this solo can be used as a
rhythm idea elsewhere in the song. The rhythm guitar plays this solo
section, while the lead guitar plays the occasional note in the background.

e|-/9-9-9-9-9-9-9-----------10---10--10-12------2--------------------
B|-/10101010101010-----------9-9---10-----------2-----10-12b13-12b13-
G|-/9-9-9-9-9-9-9------------9------------------2-9/11---------------
D|------------------/11-10-9-9------------------4--------------------
A|----------------------------------------------4--------------------
E|-----------------------------------------12\2-2--------------------

e|------------------------------------------------------------------
B|-12b13-12b13-12b13r12-10h12p10-10-10-8----------------------------
G|---------------------------------------9------------------9-------
D|-----------------------------------------12-9h11------/11---12-11-
A|-------------------------------------------------12---------------
E|------------------------------------------------------------------





e|-------------------------------------------------------------------
B|-----------------------------------------------------------5---5-5-
G|----------------9-7/9-9-7/9-7/9-7-5�7/5------------------6---6-----
D|----------------------------------------7---77-55-44-2-------------
A|-12---------------------------------------0------------------------
E|---12-10-11-12-----------------------------------------------------

That�s pretty much it. There�s no need for me to tab out the last two
verses, since you can make up / improvise your own lead using the many blues
licks scattered throughout this tab. The outro is similar to the intro, but
with minor variations.

Key to the tablature:
h = hammer-on
p = pull-off
x = mute string with fretting hand and play it
b = bend to next note to pitch of next note
r = release bent note to pitch of next note
/ or \ = slide to next note

Email me with any corrections / suggestions - metruccai@hotmail.com
JK

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