Carlos Santana – Samba Pa Ti

Carlos Santana Samba Pa Ti Guitar TabThe tempo is fairly slow, with Carlos keeping to the speed limit throughout the song. Carlos Santana has leapt back into the public imagination, his blend of Latin and rock styles dovetailing neatly with the current fascination with salsa-style music. Well, no one’s complaining, Carlos has been an influence on guitarists for the 30 years or so and it’s about time he had the gongs to show for it. For this track, we go back to the heady days of 1970, when rock guitar was busy being born fresh from the loins of the 60s blues boom. It’s difficult to imagine now, but in those days the sound of a sustaining Les Paul was a complete novelty. Amp technology was leaping forward thanks to the demands of players like Clapton, Hendrix, Townshend and co and 100-watt heads with 4×12 cabs were very much in favour. (more…)

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16 Dec 2012

Soul Guitar Lesson. Come a Cropper. Part 2 (Full)

Soul Guitar lesson. Come a Cropper 2‘Soul Man’, ‘In The Midnight Hour’, ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay’, ‘Knock On Wood’, ‘Green Onions’… What have all these timeless classics got in common? Mr Steve Cropper! We continue to investigate soul guitar, it’s the second part, the 1st part is here. There’s not really too much here to catch you out, although the double-stop hammer-ons near the end can be a little tricky. Steve Cropper’s guitar parts are pretty easy, proving that you don’t need that degree in astrophysics to come up with a classic song. (more…)

Charlie Hunter’s Irish Jig

Charlie Hunter's Irish Jig LessonIn this lesson we take a close-up look at a traditional Irish jig – MrHunter’s, to be precise. The naming of traditional Irish tunes is something that has always fascinated me. ‘Merrily Kissed The Quaker’, ‘Rolling In The Hay’ and ‘Haste To The Wedding’ (is there a connection?) are so obscure that they belie the beautiful simplicity and sincerity of the music itself. This tune, ‘Charlie Hunter’s’, was presumably composed for or by Mr. Hunter. It’s a jig and, like all jigs, it is in 6/8 time. For this transcription we’ve written it out in 6/8, although some would choose to count it in 2/4 with triplet eighth notes: 1+a, 2+a, 1+a, 2+a and so on. 6/8 is a compound time signature, which means that it is derived from a simple duple time signature (2/4). (more…)

Call and Answer. Muddy Waters Guitar Style Blues

Muddy Waters Guitar Style lessonThis time we take a look at a very familiar and basic riff idea that has a thousand different applications! Where would we be without this particular riff? It crops up time and time again throughout blues history and goes under hundreds of pseudonyms and minor variations. But it started, in all likelihood, with Muddy Waters guitar style classic track Hoochie Coochie Man. Of course, this riff was brought to the attention of millions with the recent TV ad campaign for a certain fizzy drink -you know the one, it featured a gaggle of gals going gooey over an office window cleaner whilst I Just Want To Make Love To You blasted away in the background. (more…)

Modal Soloing. Locrian Nat 2 Scale

Modal Soloing. Locrian Nat 2 ScaleIn this current series of articles, such as Lydian Sharp Five Scale, Mixolydian Flat 6 we’ve seen how modes enable us to see the notes of a scale from different perspectives. As you can see, A Locrian nat 2 has the same notes as C melodic minor, but it’s viewed as an A scale so, here, the notes of an Am7b5 arpeggio are considered to be the strongest (A, C, Eb and G). As the name of this scale suggests, there is only one note different from Locrian: a major scale mode (the seventh), which is used over half-diminished chords. (more…)

In The Lead. Rock N Roll Lesson for beginners (Full)

In The Lead. Rock N Roll lesson for beginnersWell it’s one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready now go cat go! With luck you’ve been busy working on Working it out.  Rock n Roll rhythms lesson, because this time I’m going to show you a really cool solo you can play over the top of it. The solo contains lots of classic licks and phrases from that era and should provide you with enough of a springboard to develop some ideas of your own, as well. Before we make a start, though, try holding your pick as illustrated in the main picture above and use downstrokes for everything. (more…)

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