Style of Santana with Nick Kellie

Artist Series Guitar Course from Nick Kellie

Nick Kellie breaks down the stylistic playing of Santana.

6 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.

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Full Course Breakdown

In this series, Nick Kellie will discuss and demonstrate playing in the style of Santana

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1

Introduction to Santana

This lesson series covers the dynamic playing style of iconic guitarist Carlos Santana. Nick lays out the groundwork for the series and gets you started with some scale and embellishment ideas.

14:01 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

2

Minor Pentatonic and Harmonic Minor Scales

Nick Kellie discusses how Santana uses the minor pentatonic and harmonic minor scales over progressions in minor keys.

10:20 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

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3

Style of Santana Chords

Nick discusses the chord progression to the "Style of Santana" track that is featured throughout this lesson series.

5:20 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

4

Chord Progressions and Solos

Nick Kellie discusses the common ii V vamp that appears in Santana songs such as "Oye Como Va" and "Evil Ways." He explains how to play this progression and how to improvise over it.

9:40 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

5

Composition Structure

Nick Kellie discusses the role of the guitar within a traditional Santana composition.

4:32 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty

6

Dynamics

Nick Kellie discusses Santana's use of dynamics in his playing.

2:55 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

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  • Playing since 1992
  • 77 lessons at JamPlay
Nick was awarded the BBC Big Band Jazz awards "John Dankworth trophy for outstanding young soloist" and recorded a special show for BBC radio 2. He was invited to become a member of the Wigan Jazz Orchestra, and has played as part of the Wigan International Jazz Festival. He has played extensive gigs which include accompaniment, reading, soloing as well as styles ranging from Soul, R&B, Blues, Rock and Jazz in locations such as London, Norway, Germany and Greece.

Nick, with his professional approach towards music, brings enthusiasm and musicality to every project he is involved with. As well as being a guitarist Nick is also a fine vocalist and can sing lead vocals as well as backing vocals.

In London Nick has been involved with many projects such as Fresh Claim, which features Nick on guitar, and Jon Plotel on Bass (Billy Ocean, The Real Thing) and Vanessa Haynes band featuring members of Jeff Beck group, Eric Clapton’s Band and Allan Holdsworth’s Band. For a time Nick resided in Nashville TN where he played with many local musicians. In addition he also played in a Jazz Fusion band named "Shammah", with whom he has recorded an album.

Most recently Nick was signed to Digital Nations www.digital-nations.com - part of Steve Vai's record label and has recorded an album entitled "For A Brother" with his band "Nick Kellie Band". Upon hearing the album, Steve contacted Nick with regard to a release on his own label. It has been released in the USA, Europe and Asia. As well as this, Nick is also an endorsee of Elixir guitar strings, which are world-renowned.

Nick Also contributed to around 21 issues of Europe's biggest selling guitar magazine - "Total Guitar" in his series of articles, "Techniques of the rich and famous" and "Steal their style".

Having taught at Europe's top two guitar schools, Nick was also appointed as head of the guitar department at Guitar Getaways.
Reviews & Feedback 100/100 with 36 ratings
mstathakis

The problem with a lot of instructions is the lack of synthetic application. Here, the strength of this lesson is the joining of the scale, phrasing that transcends the scale AND an understanding of the chords necessary to utilize it. Kudos