Santanero Theme - Santana Style

by Gerardo Siere

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  • Hello, I'm glad to be here again. Today I bring this little piece, a song I wrote inspired in Santana, I made that song in 1995 in that time I barely could read any music or know very little about harmony, so I think it was a very spontaneous song. The only change I made form the 1995 version is change a bit the harmony. Hope you like it.

    Feel free to try your own articulations to make this piece sing better, it´s an easy piece, there are no hard techniques, only wath out for the lenght and intonation of bendings. I used Am pentatonic mostly with the blue note added (Eb - b5), and some B (2nd gives some eolian feeling).

    In the rythm track there´s some of this progresion: Am D Am, a very short one, it´s an hommage to Santana's "Oye como Va".

    I wont put any scale diagrams I work this way: In minor stuff the dorian or eolian feel has more to do with the harmony than with the melody, the D chord is characteristic of Dorian mode, and a Dm or F is more typical of eolian.

    My aproach to minor melody in general is use the 6th as a movil note, some times is 6th (dorian) and some other is b6th (eolian) the same thing goes to 7ths.

    I made several extenden angles during the explanation videos so you can watch better what's going on

    No big dificulties here. Wide variety of articulation and variations form the same notes in a very little song.

    Repetition: the notes stays the harmony chang making it interesting don´t be anxiuos. Lot of slightly diferends bends for the same notes. Some finger picking.

    There are several backing tracks, the bass and rythm guitar are paned to oposite sides, so you can turn your pan knob to either side to hear the backing only with bass or only with guitar.

    Don't have instructor board for the moment so post questions here.
    Hope you like it, have fun. See you soon.
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