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Carlos Santana Oye Como Va Lesson - improvising tip

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This lesson shows you how to take the A minor arpeggio and chord tones - just as Carlos Santana did on Oye Como Va, and turn it into a cool phrase. This approach to improvising and creating melodic ideas is how I play. This WILL work for you too! This is a great way to approach playing lead guitar - take a break from that scale approach for a little while. Then COMBINE arpeggios, triads, chord tones WITH the scale knowledge you probably already have. This will OPEN up your playing, I promise. Hope you enjoy this lesson! This is inspired by the song Oye Como Va.

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Comments on this video lesson:

Giuseppe said...

Very nice work and tone!!!

Comment added on August 01, 2014
Tony said...

Great lesson, however, the song is called Oye Como Va, not Oyo.

Comment added on April 05, 2013
John Heaphy said...

Great lesson, Robert!
Thank You!

Comment added on February 22, 2013
Brent said...

Very nice lesson- thanks Robert!

Comment added on January 15, 2012
Mark said...

Very cool chops Robert.Thanks for the reminder about Carlos.this a must see. Thanks

Comment added on January 13, 2012

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New Course - Comping with Triads -

Learn 6 common chord progressions.
"You are simply the best teacher on the internet. Always cool, explain things well, and relevant stuff for beginners to advanced players. Even my kids are into your lessons now!"

I was chosen as the 2013 Next Top Guitar Instructor at Truefire!