He learned to play the violin at age five and the guitar at age eight under the tutelage of his father, a mariachi musician.
Santana's Playing Style Still riding high on the critical and commercial success of his band's debut album, Santana by Santanaand its followup, AbraxasCarlos Santana had entered his "experimental" period. Thus followed records like CaravanseraiLove Devotion Surrender with jazz-rock pioneer John McLaughlinand Illuminations with Alice Coltrane, avant-garde keyboardist, and wife of one of Carlos' heroes: And, while he was searching for new compositional inspiration, he continued his long-time quest for the "perfect" tone.
The first Mesa Boogie amp was released inand as Santana had been integral in its development, he was assuredly one of its first users. Carlos and His Yamaha SG One of the reasons Santana was originally interested in the SG is that it combined some of the features of guitars he had used for years.
It had the double-cutway body style of the Gibson SG, allowing him easy access to the highest frets. But it featured a thicker, heavier body -- more reminiscent of the Les Paul -- which provided the sustain so critical to Santana's playing style.
ByYamaha had introduced their SG, and had contacted Carlos Santana regarding playing that model. Far from an instant love affair, the relationship developed slowly.
He told Yamaha the guitar was too light, that the frets were too thin, and that it just wasn't delivering the sustain he craved. Luckily for both parties, Yamaha took his comments to heart. This model incorporated a neck-through-body design instead of the neck being bolted onto the body, it is one solid piece of wood that runs from the headstock to the tailpiece.
A Mahogany body delivered the weight, which led to greater sustain and a fatter tone. And strips of Mahogany flanking the neck called the "T-Cross System were also incorporated. The hardware was converted to brass, which purportedly added to the sustain as well the ability of brass hardware to enhance tone has been debated by artists for the last 30 years.
In addition, a "Sustain Plate" was added: Defining the Santana Sound The tone of Carlos Santana's Yamaha SG guitar can be heard on a number of landmark recordings, one of the most notable being 's Moonflower.
Carlos continued to use the Yamaha until the early '80s, both in concert and on albums including Inner Secrets, Marathon, Zebop! By he had migrated totally to Paul Reed Smith guitars, which he continues to play to this day.
However, his years' playing the Yamaha SG guitar were pivotal in his development of the smooth, round, endlessly sustaining tone which has become his trademark.Carlos Santana - Black Magic Woman Carlos Santana - Black Magic Woman () Carlos Santana - Black Magic Woman (feat.
Gypsy Queen) Carlos Santana - Black Magic Woman . Santana's Black Magic Woman, an analysis of the song that has become so associated with Carlos Santana, even though it was written by Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green.
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Santana’s version of Black Magic Woman was recorded in with Gábor Szabó(), a famous Hungarian jazz guitarist.
It was adapted from the original Fleetwood Mac version (which was written by his guitarist, Peter Green). Santana - Black Magic Woman (single version) Lyrics. Got a black magic woman I've got a black magic woman Well, I've got a black magic woman Got me so blind I can't see I've got a black magic w.
Santana performs Black Magic Woman on Tanglewood, August 18,