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Introduction to Santana (Guitar Lesson)


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Nick Kellie

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.

Taught by Nick Kellie in Style of Santana with Nick Kellie seriesLength: 14:01Difficulty: 2.5 of 5


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raskrask replied on November 23rd, 2012

Nick THE LESSON IS AWSOME. hOWEVER WHILE i HEAR THE REVERB i CAN'T FIGURE OUT WHAT ELSE YOU HAVE SET ON YOUR AMP TO GET THAT EXACT TONE. i'M CLOSE BUT IF YOU COULD MAIL ME WITH THE AMP SETTINGS YOU ARE USING, IT WOULD BE A GREAT HELP. ty

sanchez4700sanchez4700 replied on August 19th, 2012

geat job im looking forward to the, is there any way to teach us Song of the wed i need to play that song soon

zman1751zman1751 replied on July 14th, 2011

Great Lesson. I think I will learn a lot here.

kinggomez64kinggomez64 replied on July 10th, 2011

i like santana and i want to get a better view on his style. what albums do you recommend?

jb1973jb1973 replied on March 14th, 2011

I can't seem to get the supplimental content to work

pattydpattyd replied on March 17th, 2011

I don't believe the 11th fret - 2nd string in the 3rd measure is played according to what Nick demonstrated, but it is on the supplemental. Please check.

aquiguillermoaquiguillermo replied on March 1st, 2011

Fantastic addition!!

J.RodJ.Rod replied on February 23rd, 2011

Nice, love Santana! Looking forward to this artist series!

playaxemanplayaxeman replied on February 22nd, 2011

Great serie. What setup of your amp / FX did you use for this? This solo reminds me a lot to Gary Moore ( can tell exactly what but it sometihing like "Parisienne Walkways"?)

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied on February 22nd, 2011

actually- must correct you there Jason.. It was my Fender Hot Rod deluxe (with EVM12L speaker and JJ tubes)... with a BB preamp for distortion and Yamaha UD stomp for delay... I also used the reverb on the amp itself

Jason.MounceJason.Mounce replied on February 22nd, 2011

Nick was plugged directly into our Line 6 Spider MkII 112 amp using the on-board processing. No other affects pedals or signal chain processing was used.

jimgarveyjimgarvey replied on February 21st, 2011

Nick this is fantastic, I'm blown away. I hear a lot of Gary Moore in here and it never dawned on me before but Gary must have been hugely influenced by Carlos Santana. I can't wait for the rest of this series. Jim

mike4370mike4370 replied on February 21st, 2011

really nice playing there nick!!

gjdbgjdb replied on February 21st, 2011

Good stuff! Great addition tot the artist series!

Style of Santana with Nick Kellie

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Nick Kellie breaks down the stylistic playing of Santana.



Lesson 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.

Length: 14:01 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 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.

Length: 10:20 Difficulty: 2.0 FREE
Lesson 3

Style of Santana Chords

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

Length: 5:20 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 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.

Length: 9:40 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Composition Structure

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

Length: 4:32 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 6

Dynamics

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

Length: 2:55 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only

About Nick Kellie View Full Biography 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.

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