|What you learn:
Licks & Scales
|Teacher: Michael Johnson
Michael: This interactive lesson covers
Santana's style on the Dorian mode. Here's a sample of some of the licks you
Michael: Let's jump right into the lesson..
Here's our first scale in the A Dorian mode.
Santana creates his unique sound by using this mode and the minor pentatonic scale,
the scale has: A, B, C, D, E, F#, G,
it's called the A Dorian,
here's our first jam track:
Michael: Practice the scale I just sent over that file a few times,
you can hear the Santana sound by using that mode.
I'll break the scale down into licks,
the progression goes A then to G,
let's get started with the licks.
Ted: Should I play the scale over both A and G?
Michael: Yes Ted,
the G is in the scale.
Is there another scale I should play for G?
Michael: You can but for now we'll focus on the A Dorian mode
notice how the last lick climbs the bottom two strings of the scale pattern
the video will illustrate the bending technique at the end of the lick.
Michael: Combining licks, runs and melodies together is the key to playing solos.
The last lick I sent was a continuation of the first,
so the second lick we continue up the scale pattern.
Michael: Notice this pattern uses the first notes of the lick the plays the scale pattern on the middle 2 strings.
Also I use my 2nd and 3rd fingers to bend the note on the 3rd string.
Michael: The lick uses a hammer/pull-off on the 1st string.
Hey boss aren't you playing the G MAJOR SCALE
Michael: You can use the G Major scale, it's relative to the A Dorian, but with the G
Maj you won't create the Santana sound. Do the rest of you want me to give you the G
jarquiette: It would be nice to see the G Maj scale as it contrast A
I think if you focus and learn this pattern you will create your own licks,
sure you can use any of the "relative" scales they all share the same notes.
Can these patterns adapt anywhere on the fretboard or must it be on a set section?
Michael: Yes they do,
you can play the Dorian mode pattern anywhere on the neck.
Gdog: Teacher, there isn't any difference in G Major than A Dorian, you are just starting on a note right?
it's the root note you start from,
that crates the "mode" or "mood."
Ted: Starting, ending and focusing on the root note.
Michael: The rest of the notes creates the color.
jarquiette: So A dorian is the same as G maj except you start on A?
Michael: Yes jarquiette!
Are the intervals the different.
Michael: Yes they are Carter,
that's what creates the unique color of each mode,
on this lick I continued higher up the scale pattern,
here's the notes used.
Michael: Notice the only difference between the 2 scales is the 6th note,
the next lick uses the pattern on the 12th thru 15th frets.
Michael: This is actually the relative E Minor scale Pattern,
here's the scale pattern for the E Minor/Aeolian mode.
Michael: I'll give you a new jam track to play over.
The scale looks like Mixolydian minus the D.
Michael: The Mixolydian has a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, b7,
try the two scales and the licks over this jam track.
So it depends on the note you start on.....
in your case E
Michael: Yes that decide the root for the scale,
it's the intervals the follow that decide the mode.
Michael: This next lick you barre the 5th string and rake down the strings.
Here is a lick where you can use unison bends.
Locrian works with this Latin jam as well!!!!
Here's a picture of me bending the second string while I hold the first string with the first finger,
the tricky part is to match the tones.
Lancer: Do you bend both notes...?
Do you bend both strings the same direction?
Michael: You only bend one string Jim,
I only bend the 2nd string in this case.
What scale are we playing if we hit f natural?
Michael: You use the F# in the A Dorian mode,
if you use F natural you will be playing in the A Minor/Aeolian mode.
I like to jump back and forth between modes,
just make sure they all share the same 1, 3, 5 notes.
How does Carlos get his wonderful sustain?
Kevin: I think its the tube screamer MB
That's it for this lesson, see you next time!