Composition Structure (Guitar Lesson)

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Nick Kellie

Composition Structure

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

Taught by Nick Kellie in Style of Santana with Nick Kellie seriesLength: 4:32Difficulty: 0.5 of 5


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erikschaeperserikschaepers replied

It would be great to take apart a song like Oye Como Va and analyse

erikschaeperserikschaepers replied

(oops hit the wrong key) .. and analyse when Carlos IS actuallay playing and when NOT. It may end up showing that he is not playing as much as we all do :)

T Russ BluesT Russ Blues replied

Santana doesn't play the guitar, he makes love to it..awesome player!

Style of Santana with Nick Kellie

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Nick Kellie breaks down the stylistic playing of Santana.



Introduction to SantanaLesson 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
Minor Pentatonic and Harmonic Minor ScalesLesson 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
Style of Santana ChordsLesson 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
Chord Progressions and SolosLesson 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
Composition Structure 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
DynamicsLesson 6

Dynamics

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

Length: 2:55 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Nick Kellie

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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