This week’s featured lesson is “Corazon Espinado” by Santana / Mana from Santana’s Supernatural album.
In this lesson we take a detour from classic rock and blues to explore latin rock. In this lesson you will learn about the Montuno. Montuno is the syncopated piano pattern that accompanies the vocals; a key element of many latin genres. Montuno’s transform the piano into a percussive instrument while reinforcing the harmonic structure of the song. We introduce both harmonic (chord based) and melodic ( arpeggio based) montunos along with Tumbao; the highly syncopated bass line rhythm pattern that holds down the song’s groove. The syncopation in latin genres can be even more complex than New Orleans’ style second-line rhythms. In this song, the Tumboa spans multiple measures with most of the accents on the upbeats. We teach you how to improvise over the Tumbao using both the minor pentatonic scales and the harmonic minor scales. Scales you don’t commonly play in rock and blues. So lock down your left-hand groove and gradually add in the right-hand melody notes using these scales.
This lesson was written and taught by Baden Goyo, a three-time Latin Grammy winner.
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