Evil Ways, by Santana — How to Play

evil waysEvil Ways is played in the key of G Minor Dorian, a mode of F Major, and both of these scales share the very same notes.

This time, we are going to learn how to play Evil Ways, as performed by Santana on their self-titled debut album in 1969. The song was written by Clarence Henry and was originally recorded by Willy Bobo in 1967. It has been said that Carlos Santana detuned his guitar one whole step to play the chords in an open position for the recording.

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Black Magic Woman by Santana – How to Play

black magic womanIf you want to learn how to play Black Magic Woman, one of Santana’s most popular songs, this is a great place to get started.

Originally written by Peter Green in 1968 for Fleetwood Mac, his band at the time, Black Magic Woman, was first performed by Carlos Santana in 1970, for the record Abraxas. The Santana version also blends in a song from 1966 called Gypsy Queen, by Gabor Szabo, which adds much of the polyphony rhythm. Black Magic Woman has always been one of Santana’s most popular songs.

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Soul Sacrifice, by Santana — How to Play

soul sacrificeLearn how to play Soul Sacrifice, one of the classic hits from the 1969 Woodstock Festival, and the song that turned Santana into an instant success.

This is the start of a new series of articles in which we choose a song and then break it down harmonically to look at the theory behind it. Though we will show you how to play the song, and there will be tabs and music notation, these are not meant to be note-for-note tabs of the songs. These articles are meant to show you how to play the song, introduce you to music theory, and show you how you might apply it to your own music. This series might also be good for guitarists who are in a cover band and need to play these songs, but want to do it while retaining their own identity and originality. This time we are going to look at the song Soul Sacrifice by Santana.

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