Jason Becker: Against All Odds - Guitar player interview

Your dad talks about you being able to play Clapton stuff note-for-note early on. How did you get his solos under your fingers?
My uncle Ron taught me the pentatonic scale. We would often jam the blues together at his house across the street. His favorite players were Roy Buchanan, Mark Knopfler, and Clapton. I loved them too. He told me I could play along with pretty much any Clapton tune with this scale. I went home and tried to learn all of his songs and licks. Knowing that scale, and seeing Ron play blues, allowed me to figure his stuff out by ear. The notes were the easy part, but figuring out his feel—now that was the hard part. I don’t know if I ever did. I had to find my own feel.