Before tackling this course, you should be comfortable with all the material from John Mayer Cool in C# Minor

This track is based on a couple of Santana's most classic tracks, really utilising the Dorian movement of A minor to D major. We also reference the C major chord within the riff, which adds an extra flavour to it.

Scales: A Dorian Scales

This track is a great excuse to practice your Dorian scales. The classic Santana combination would be using your 5 Pentatonic scales in the key of A minor, as well as your A Dorian scales overlayed. You can think of these as the G major scale across the neck if you like, but root it around and within the A minor pentatonic shapes to really focus in on the correct root note. Here are all those scale shapes.

A Minor Pentatonic

A Dorian Scale

    Keep Learning: Carlos Santana Player study

    Many thanks for watching this video and visiting the website. If you love Carlos Santana and really want to work on getting his sound, including how to play in his unique Dorian based style, you’re in luck! We have a full player study that is, as with all our course, 100% free and ready for you to use, including interactive tab! See the course here: How To Play Like Carlos Santana.

All done?


You've now completed Improvisation Station: Artist Style Jam Tracks and taken a huge step forwards in your guitar playing journey.

Feel free to bask in glory for a while, or go ahead and try another course if you're hungry for more.