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Carlos Santana has one of the most unique and recognisable guitar styles in the last 50 years. This course will show you how to achieve the Santana sound by learning how he gets his incredible tone with a combination of scales, the Dorian mode, techniques and gear! All this backed-up alongside full breakdowns of cool solos written in the style of Carlos himself.

This is a challenging course for any player, so it would be recommended to have all of your 5 pentatonic scale shapes learnt and understand how to add the 5 full scale before tackling this course. Have fun!

  • He's Not Anywhere
    To kick off our Santana course we will look at a pentatonic based solo. This solo is based on early Santana style solo's which were full of energy, attack, aggression, and of course, plenty of notes at crazy speeds!

  • The Dorian Mode
    Carlos Santana is a big user user of the Dorian mode. In this course we will discuss firstly what the Dorian mode is, and then how to apply it to your lead playing in order to play like Santana! We also learn a couple of cool licks using the new scale shapes.

  • Dorian Chords & Rhythm
    We will now expand our Dorian knowledge even further by working out which chords work the best in Dorian chord progressions. We will be applying these chords to 3 awesome Santana grooves to demonstrate how the Dorian works so well for his style if playing.

  • Oye Como What?!
    In this final section we will take all of the new Dorian ideas and apply them to this extremely cool Santana solo! The solo is quick and moves up and down the fretboard from lick to lick, so take your time with it and be sure to understand what you are playing!

  • Getting The Tone
    Carlos Santana has one of the most iconic and recognisable guitar sounds out there, so how did he get it? We put together the guitars, amps and pedals that create the Santana tone and allow you to pull of those flowing, vocal lead lines in style!