Micro Lesson 144: "A Minor" Latin Rock Riff

Welcome to... "Micro-Lesson 144"

This Micro Lesson runs through a slightly "Carlos Santana-ish" inspired Latin-Rock Riff in the key of "A" Minor. 

Pick-up notes bring in the riff starting from off of the root of, "A." The "Am7" chord then pushes in the "G" Major chord as measure two arrives. A short turnaround phrase, (using the; Root, 3rd and 7th chord tones of the "Am7"), help to loop the phrase back into the, "Am7," and, "G," chords once more. 

The end of the phrase really brings out the Latin feel by introducing an, "F," major chord along with an, "E7," chord with an, "E Major." The "E" chords are borrowed chords from the "A Harmonic Minor" scale. 

This is a common sound applied in many latin-Rock songs. And, is quite evident in Carlos Santana's 1999 hit, "Smooth." 

Take your time developing the phrase and use a drum machine app set with a Latin beat to perfect the feel. Enjoy!

Micro Lesson 144: "A Minor" Latin Rock Riff


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