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 scales share the 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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What are the Best Guitar Digital Reverb Pedals?

best guitar digital reverbLet’s take a look at a popular effect — reverb — and see if we can find a pedal that is a perfect fit for your style.

Reverb is one of the most important tools available to a musician. It allows you to actually change the landscape and the size of the environment that you are in. You can set it to sound as if you are close to a wall, far away from it, or without any walls at all. Reverb got its start with the plate reverb, which is a large metal plate with microphones attached to it, to create and pick up reverberations. The next type was the spring reverb that was built into many amplifiers, making it very popular and well known to guitar players. Today, digital reverb is growing in use, as technology expands in the areas of analog-to-digital converters, resolution, sample rate, bit rate, etc.

Modern digital reverbs can be significantly hi-tech and meticulously crafted, to sound like any type of reverb, natural or unnatural. They can make use of convolution reverb, which is impulse response models of actual rooms. Throughout countless hours of practice I was always grateful for spring reverb. Now we’ll look at a few of these digital reverb pedals and see if any stand out.
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Boss RV-6 Digital Reverb Pedal

Boss RV-6Boss RV-6 Digital Reverb Pedal

The RV-6 is Boss’s first new compact reverb pedal since 2002. The Boss RV-6 offers eight different reverb effects and uses four control knobs to dial in your sound. The first control knob is the Effect Level and this allows you to adjust how much reverb is mixed with the dry signal. The Tone knob adjusts the brightness of the reverb, and the Time knobs adjust how long the reverb trails off. The last knob allows you to choose among the available reverbs. Continue reading “Boss RV-6 Digital Reverb Pedal”

Budget Guitar Chorus Pedals – What are the Best?

budget guitar chorusBudget guitar chorus pedals — let’s talk about them, take a look at the classics, and see which one might provide you with the tone that you’re looking for.

So, what we’re covering today are some selected budget guitar chorus pedals, any one of which could be an asset to your collection. We’ll list some of the classic pedals that have proven themselves over time, as well as some modern products. Chorus is one of the oldest guitar effects that’s used to create a richer, thicker sound and add subtle movement to guitars, keyboards and bass. Continue reading “Budget Guitar Chorus Pedals – What are the Best?”

MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal

MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects PedalMXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal

The M234 Analog Chorus is another very popular stomp-box created by MXR, a company that’s been making effects pedals since 1972. It’s a 100% pure analogue, and it uses a Bucket Brigade chip to delay the signal and create the warm, classic, chorus effect. The MXR M234 is a straightforward product that gives you five control knobs to generate your own personal sound. Level sets the volume of the pedal and acts as the wet/dry mix. Continue reading “MXR M234 Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal”

Black Magic Woman by Santana – How to Play

black magic womanIf you want to learn how to play Black Magic Woman by Santana, this is a great place to get started.

Now we are going to take a look at, and try to learn how to play, a song called Black Magic Woman, as performed by Carlos Santana in 1970 for the record Abraxas. The song was originally written by Peter Green in 1968 for his band at the time, Fleetwood Mac. The Santana version also blends in a song from 1966 called Gypsy Queen, by Gabor Szabo which adds much of the polyphony rhythm to the song. Black Magic Woman is one of Santana’s most popular songs.

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Modifying Your Tele for Nashville Style Wiring

nashville style wiringWanna add a dash of “Strat” tone to your Tele? In this article, you’ll learn how to set up your Telecaster for Nashville Style wiring.

Let’s talk about the Nashville Style Tele, what it is, how it is wired, and whether or not you can modify your Tele for Nashville Style wiring.

A Nashville Style Tele is just a Standard Telecaster with three pickups instead of two, and a five-way selector switch instead of a three-way selector switch. This Mod was created by Tele players looking to coax some Strat style tones out of their Telecaster while still retaining that crucial Neck + Bridge pickup combination not found on the Strat.

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Under My Thumb by The Rolling Stones – How to Play

under my ThumbIf you want to learn how to play Under My Thumb by The Rolling Stones, this is a great place to get started

Under My Thumb was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards for the 1966 record Aftermath. This record was the first to be recorded in the United States and is notable for the instruments not usually associated with the Rolling Stones, such as the Marimba. BIll Wyman uses (most likely) a Maestro Fuzz pedal on the Bass guitar for this song.

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Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix – How to Play

purple hazeIf you want to learn how to play Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix, this is a great place to get started.

Purple Haze was written by Jimi Hendrix in 1967 for the record “Are You Experienced.” This was the first single by The Jimi Hendrix Experience that was written by the band. An earlier single titled “Hey Joe” was (possibly) written by Billy Roberts, but Purple Haze became an instant hit and introduced the world to Jimi’s amazing playing, inventiveness, and psychedelic imagery. We can hear Jimi’s Fuzz Face and Octavia pedals in this song, in addition to tricks such as the way he recorded some of his guitar at a slower speed so that when he played it back at normal speed it produced very high notes not otherwise possible on the guitar.

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Voodoo Child by Jimi Hendrix – How to Play

 voodoo child by jimi hendrixVoodoo Child (Slight Return) is a modified version of Voodoo Chile, a 15-minute song Jimi Hendrix recorded the night before Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

Voodoo Child (Slight Return), by Jimi Hendrix. Voodoo Child was recorded in 1968 for the record Electric Ladyland and it has become one of his most popular songs. Both songs are said to have evolved from the song Catfish Blues, which Jimi played regularly, to honor Muddy Waters.

Key And Scale

E Minor Aeolian is used for the bulk of the song. E Minor Aeolian is a mode of the G Major scale and it is one from which both the Pentatonic and the Blues scales are created. Jimi uses the Blues scale for all of his playing in this song.

E Minor Aeolian = E, F# ,G, A, B, C, D,
G Major = G, A, B, C, D, E, F#, G
E Minor Pentatonic = E, G, A, B, D
E Minor Blues = E, G, A, A#, B, D

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