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(@off-he-goes)
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I don't know if this should be in here or the theory forum, but its alot more busy here so I'll let someone else move it if they want.

I was exploring Gearbox software that came with my Line 6 Toneport, and found a tone for Smooth by Santana and Rob Thomas. I learned the lead to it, and everything sounded good, but I got to wondering about his style. What kinda scale is he using throughout the song. Its based very much around the 12th fret. I learned the licks, but I'd rather be able to improvise a bit when playing it.

Who wants to help be out?

Thanks,

Paul

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(@musenfreund)
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Doesn't Santana tend to play out of the Dorian mode -- Dorian licks?

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Everybody says Santana plays in Dorian. Most of the tunes I've looked at in depth aren't - they're hexatonic (minor pentatonic with an added 2). That gives you 1-2-b3-4-5-b7.

Since Dorian is 1-2-b3-4-5-6-b7, they sound a lot alike. But without the sixth, it's not Dorian; the missing note could just as easily be b6, which would make it Aeolian!

I know Smooth. After I wake up a bit I'll play through it and take a look.

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A melodic minor.

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(@off-he-goes)
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Thanks, Tom. I was hoping you'd come chime in on this thread actually so I could tap into a good resource on theory. I'll have a look for some information on the melodic minor.

Paul

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Tom, you're a madman! (Secretly, I run to the library to read more about music theory). That's really interesting having the 2 and flat 3.

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