Cream’s biggest hit helped the band rise to the top of the charts. The groove was actually suggested by famed producer Tom Dowd and is Ginger’s variation on a traditional Native American tribal pattern. Unfortunately, the bass drum and floor tom are often indistinguishable on the recording. But after watching a couple of videos of Baker playing the pattern, we were able to shed light on how he actually played it.
For this song Baker plays a cool variation on the Motown groove, with quarter-notes on the snare and bass drum notes that punctuate the guitar riff, while opening the hi-hat on the & of 4. Make note of this funky groove. Every blues guitarist knows this song and, sooner or later, you’ll have to play it. The guitar solo features a boogaloo hand pattern played on top of eighth-notes on the bass drum. Baker throws a snare variation in the last measure that functions as a fill.