Cream – White Room (Chords)

Cream – White Room (Chords)

Sad news this week of, bass playing legend, Jack Bruce’s death. As my little tribute, here’s a write up of one of his biggest hits.

In the chord sheet above I’ve included the standard chord shapes. But I like to use these slightly trickier inversions:

White Room (Alternate Chords)

(Aside: The ukulele once owned by Cream’s producer has a colourful history – although this ukulele was more expensive.)

Suggested Strumming

Intro and Middle: This is in 5/4 time. So you can just do five down strums for each chord. But I like to ape the drums and do a triplet strum on the second bit. So it sounds like this:

Intro Strum

Verses: You can stick with just down strums here too. Twice each on D – C – G and once each Bb – C.

Verse Strum

Bridges: I like to go with d – d u – u d –


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Eric Clapton’s For Jack (MP3 link)

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  1. Fi from NZ November 5th, 2014 8:39 pm

    Really cool, easily captures the mood of the song, and easy to play – thanks :)

  2. Gina November 6th, 2014 1:27 pm

    Groovy! I like it, though I need to work on going from G to Bb more smoothly

  3. Woodshed November 6th, 2014 1:54 pm

    Fi: Thanks so much!

    Gina: Thanks! You could try barreing the G. So you’re playing the second fret with your index covering the C, E and A strings. That might help.

  4. Gina November 6th, 2014 2:03 pm

    Dang! You’re right, much easier – woo hoo, can’t wait to impress my friends with Cream :-)

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