Minor Pentatonic and Harmonic Minor Scales (Guitar Lesson)


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Nick Kellie

Minor Pentatonic and Harmonic Minor Scales

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

Taught by Nick Kellie in Style of Santana with Nick Kellie seriesLength: 10:20Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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gbemigagbemiga replied on September 28th, 2012

I love Santana style playing,and wanna play like him,do u have some lesson structure for that and practice routine

gbemigagbemiga replied on September 28th, 2012

I love Santana style playing,and wanna play like him,do u have some lesson structure for that and practice routine

candyman54candyman54 replied on February 28th, 2011

Nick - love the lessons but have a query about your guitar. The first and second frets on your guitar have a zigzag shape rather than being straight - what's the purpose?

jessjammerjessjammer replied on February 27th, 2011

Hi Nick; I've enjoyed the series very much as well. One thing, going forward - for me at least - when you're talking about the color tones, you always speak in terms like "that's on the 2nd string, 9th fret". Often you repeat that a few times. However, at least in this series, you've never added "that's an Ab". I get that it's probably one of the altered tones in the chord name, but it takes me a while to convert and then I get behind. I get that Ab is a -9 over a G7 triad, but I go "duh, what?" after "2nd string, 9th fret". Sorry, I'm a retred - just getting back into this and I need all the help I can get. I'm trying to learn the fretboard as fast as I can. Someday, maybe I'll be fluent, with your help :-) Thanks, Jess

jessjammerjessjammer replied on February 27th, 2011

Err, is that a G7 Quadrad? Duh, what... ;0)

dearlpittsdearlpitts replied on February 27th, 2011

loving these santana lessons nick.

joel13joel13 replied on February 26th, 2011

very nice Nick, I can't wait to see all of this unfold

Style of Santana with Nick Kellie

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

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 Members Only
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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