Santeria (Lead Guitar)

Animated Santeria (Lead Guitar) tab by Sublime on guitar. So easy you'll be playing in minutes.

In the last ActionTab we looked at the intro and main rhythm guitar for this song. In this ActionTab we also include all the other guitar parts too for the lead. In other words, this ActionTab is the same as the last, except for showing you the choruses and solo this time, which are played by lead guitar. You will still be able to see and hear the main ska rhythm guitar in the background, but wherever the lead guitar plays, we switch to show what it does during the song.

So if your heart is set on playing this song all on 1 guitar, this is the ActionTab for you. Just be aware that the other guitar parts included here are more difficult than before.

As we've already dealt with the intro and verses in the previous ActionTab, let's just get straight to the other guitars here - starting with the Choruses:

Each chorus is the same. So once you learn the first chorus part, you'll know how to play all the other choruses for the song.

The first chorus begins here. It mostly involves picking through a chord progression. The chord progression is:

A maj - B maj - E maj - slide to - D#5 - slide to - C# minor

This chord sequence repeats, with some slight variations in notes played. Notice that the chord progression closely follows the backing chords played by the first guitar. If you've already worked your way through the first ActionTab, then this Chorus will come quicker.

The solo is the other main guitar part to learn. The solo uses the E major / C# natural minor scale for the most part. These are relative scales - i.e they share exactly the same notes. On the surface, the difference between these 2 scales is just where you start and end the notes:

E Major Scale: E - F# - G# - A - B - C# - D# - E
C# nat minor: C# - D# - E - F# - G# - A - B - C#

However, the difference is more than that when you factor in the context of the backing music, and also, which notes you choose to emphasise from either scale. This can be a hard thing to see at first. So let's see a good example from the solo...

The solo starts with an E major chord, and runs through these notes of the E major scale: F# slide to G#, B, C#, E.

The fact is that we've started with an E major chord (which biases the ear towards the scale of E major). Also E major is played in the background by the rhythm guitar. So there's the context effect.

Notice also that in this sequence of notes that we have E (chord to start with) and move up through the G#, B and E notes. Although we also quickly pass through F# and C#, the other 3 notes are more dominant - they are the 1st (E), major 3rd (G#) and 5th (B) of the E major scale. Combined, these notes give us the E major Chord triad (E - G# - B). Therefore the selection of these notes over others, further biases the ear towards the E major scale. These are the 'strongest' 3 notes of the E major scale.

Now contrast this with one of the C# natural minor scale parts later in the solo, the first one happening here.

Firstly, the backing chord here is C# minor. So there's the context. Now look at the notes in the solo:

C# - C# pull off to B - G# - B - F# bend - E - F# ho/poff - E - C# - E - C#

Again, here we start on C# and end on C#. Although E is used sometimes, this is the minor 3rd in a C# minor triad (C# - E - G#). Notice that G# is also used a lot. So, we have the 3 strongest notes (triad) from the C# natural minor scale emphasised more than the E major triad notes. Notice how this part of the solo sounds a bit more bluesy than the other part.

So the shift in emphasis changes slightly from an E major scale, to C# minor. On the surface, these scales are the same. However, the context of the backing music, and the notes used from each scale determine the lilt of the melody.

Notice how the solo sounds brighter during the major parts, but more bluesy during the minor parts. This is all down to a clever use of swapping between the relative major and minor scale (E major and C# minor).

If this is all above your head, for now just bear in mind that major is for happy music, and minor is for sad. The theory section will help you understand further details!

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