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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Relative Major and Relative Minor Keys

relative major and relative minorUnderstanding the relationship between relative major and relative minor keys can help improve your soloing, and lead to new sounds.

To understand the relationship between relative major and relative minor keys, we’ll start with Western tonality, in which we use a system of “keys.” Each key has a number of associated sharps or flats that comprise the overall seven-note structure of the key. The exception is C-Major, which has no sharps or flats. An easy way to visualize C-Major is to imagine playing only the white keys on a piano. All of these white keys are in the key of C-Major. Every other key utilizes at least one of the black keys, meaning that they have at least one sharp or flat note.
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