Carlos Santana Style

by Guido Bungenstock

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  • Hi Guys,

    Welcome to my lesson No. 54

    [...]Carlos Santana (born July 20, 1947) is a Mexican and American musician who first became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana, which pioneered a fusion of rock and Latin American music. The band's sound featured his melodic, blues-based guitar lines set against Latin and African rhythms featuring percussion instruments such as timbales and congas not generally heard in rock music. Santana continued to work in these forms over the following decades. He experienced a resurgence of popularity and critical acclaim in the late 1990s. In 2003 Rolling Stone magazine listed Santana at number 20[2] on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.[3] He has won 10 Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards.[...] From Wikipedia

    Carlos Santana was one of my first discovered guitar Players. I still love his choice of melodies mixed with his unique latin sound.
    So I made a lesson in the style of his Most famous hits i.e. Black Magic Woman, eye como va, Smooth. Maria Maria, Europe etc.
    It has a great hookline in the chorus that immediately catches the listener. Kind of a chliché but hey, we all love good simple melodies! .-D

    It's also a good exercise for you to work on precise 16th syncopations (tyical for latin music)

    Here are the parts of this song:

    Vers 0:00-0:23
    | Fm7 Bb7 | Fm7 Bb7 | EbMaj7 Cm7 | EbMaj7 Cm7 EDim|
    | Fm7 Bb7 | Fm7 Bb7 | EbMaj7 Cm7 | EbMaj7 Cm7 |

    Chorus 0:24-0:42
    |Dm7b5 G7#5 | Cm7 Am7b5 ||Dm7b5 G7#5 | Cm7 Am7b5 |
    |Dm7b5 G7#5 | Cm7 Am7b5 ||Dm7b5 G7#5 | Cm7 |

    Outro 0:43-1:06
    | Cm7 | N.C. | Cm7 Am7b5| G/Eb D7#5#9 AbMaj7|
    | N.C. | F79 | Cm7 |N.C. |

    Have fun! ;-)

    Final words

    I tried to transcribe as close as possible. Specially in the Guitar Pro file you'll find all this little extras!

    Cheers - Guido

    Technical specifications
    Guitar: Music Man Luke II
    Strings: D'Addario NYXL 009
    Audio Interface: Focusrite Saffire PRO 24
    Recording SW: Logic 10, several plugins
    Amp(Only for Monitor): Peavey JSX Top with Marshall 2x12" V30

    Kemper Profiling Amp: Bognar Shina

    The profiles are available for purchase here:

    Standard Tuning E, A, D, G, B, E

    Tempo: 100 BPM

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