Nev discusses this issue’s triple-pronged attack.
THIS MONTH WE have a triple artist focus, all very different styles, feels and genres. First is a man who has been on top for decades. He shot to fame with a set that took Woodstock Festival by storm. His liquid style sounded like nothing we’d heard before and his band’s Latin rhythms had the vast crowd dancing in the mud. Yes, it’s Carlos Santana. And while Carlos does divide opinion, who can deny a career that spans six decades, 10 Grammys and album sales that top 100 million? That his recent works, Supernatural and Shaman are among his most successful of all is testament to his generation-spanning appeal. Phil Capone looks at Carlos’s unique style, covering Latin rhythms, bending and picking, tone, choice of scales and more; all ending up with a final jam that you can learn in its entirety, or use to practise your new Santana licks!
Our recent ‘jam’ feature got us thinking of the American bands that inspired that great nation to take up blues guitar and which, in turn, were the key to discovering their own original blues artists. Bands like The Allman Brothers (with Duane Allman and Dickey Betts) and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band (with Michael Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop) were the US equivalent to John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood Mac and Cream, and made stars of these players just as Mayall had done. Steve Allsworth offers a faithful take on one of the group’s greatest tracks: the powerful Statesboro Blues in which Allman and Betts both display their genius.
When acoustic fingerstyle giant John Renbourn died in March this year we were determined to honour this wonderful musician with a full feature on his playing. We asked Stuart Ryan to come up with something special; Stu has done us proud with a lesson that shows just what made Renbourn so respected by his peers and fans alike. So enjoy these articles and this issue’s other great lessons and features.
WIN! You’ll also notice an amazing competition to win thousands of £££s’ worth of group gear. Open to UK residents only, it’s an amazing chance to kit your whole band out with top-of-the-range gear. Please do enter - and I’ll see you next month!