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Where's Carlos? (Santana Challenge)

I've been enjoying listening to everyone's response to the Santana Challenge and thought I would do one.

This is a song I first did in 2004, and was the first real instrumental (as opposed to a jam track) I ever wrote. I dedicated it to my wife, Kathy.

I no longer have most of the original version, got lost in a hard drive crash years ago.

What I do still have is the percussion track, which was built with ACID Loops, and also the bass track, which would have been midi. No idea what I used to render midi tracks back then.

The rest of the track I built this morning and then recorded the guitar:

~425:Organ, B3, Background Blues Sw 120
1903:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm Bolero Ev 090

Original bass and percussion track

I used EZDrummer2 for the drum track.

EDIT: I got EZDrummer3 installed last night and liked it so much I redid the drums for this song.


Last edited by BlueAttitude; 05/06/22 12:08 AM. Reason: new mix, changed drums
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Ok, my friend, we now have a challenger against my mighty powers!

If that is how you want to do it, we may want to keep the challenge going!!

smile

This is not over amigo!!

--David Carlos Hector Hernandez De Alahambra De Guittierez De Sananta de Snyderios

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Very cool Dave. Love how you slide off the held note and the amp break-up catches. Excellent melody and of course well played. Well done


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Another nice contender


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Man, you got that tone that goes right through ya, Dave. You definitely captured the spirit of Carlos and wrapped around every finger. I really love that Evening In Brazil album. I've listened to on Spotify several times. This version seems a bit faster or at least more powerful. It has the sultry sound of Santana all through it.


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Dave,

Beautiful tone.
Beautiful playing.
Beautiful tune.

Cool drums.
Excellent mix.

Captures Carlos well.

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Was hoping you'd post one. Not disappointed. Excellent work and great tone and feel.

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Dave, your guitar chops are second to none

You really captured Carlos's vibe

I think the mix is just fine

Two thumbs up


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You've got some good stuff here. Caught the vibe very well. It was fun to listen to.

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Hi Dave, glad that you jumped in. Great tone and production all around. Great playing as usual.

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Ai, now the master entered the contest...

What a great performance this is, Dave.
I think you are the winner!
However, it was a very close call... :))

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Originally Posted By: David Snyder

Ok, my friend, we now have a challenger against my mighty powers!

If that is how you want to do it, we may want to keep the challenge going!!

smile

This is not over amigo!!

--David Carlos Hector Hernandez De Alahambra De Guittierez De Sananta de Snyderios




It was a fun little project, sure, I'm game to doing another one sometime wink

Originally Posted By: Scott C
Very cool Dave. Love how you slide off the held note and the amp break-up catches. Excellent melody and of course well played. Well done


Thanks, Scott, was fun going back and reworking this old song.

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Another nice contender


Yours is my favorite so far, Herb.

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Hi,

Best Santana guitar tone so far.

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Hi Dave ..

Agree with all that has already been said. This is a splendid write and performance. Really, really sweet and captures the Santana sound so nicely.

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Originally Posted By: BabuMusic
Man, you got that tone that goes right through ya, Dave. You definitely captured the spirit of Carlos and wrapped around every finger. I really love that Evening In Brazil album. I've listened to on Spotify several times. This version seems a bit faster or at least more powerful. It has the sultry sound of Santana all through it.


I think you must be my biggest fan, Marty, I'm sure no one else has listened to that album in years wink I kept the same tempo as the original, but the drums are more aggressive. Plus my playing on the original was more laid back I think.

I see you uploaded your latest, I'll be along on Friday to give it a listen cool

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Dave,

Beautiful tone.
Beautiful playing.
Beautiful tune.

Cool drums.
Excellent mix.

Captures Carlos well.

fj


Thanks as always, Floyd, very much appreciated smile

Originally Posted By: PeterF
Dave

Was hoping you'd post one. Not disappointed. Excellent work and great tone and feel.

Peter


Yeah, was a fun little project. Hopefully we can all do something similar in the future. Thanks, Peter!

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Santana from the beginning!
Nice artwork too.

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Way cool... Great touch & tone.


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Originally Posted By: MarioD
Dave, your guitar chops are second to none

You really captured Carlos's vibe

I think the mix is just fine

Two thumbs up



I listened to Santana a lot back in the day, and in the 80's was in a band that covered a few of his songs.

Thanks for the kind words, Mario, very much appreciated!

Originally Posted By: Brad Williams
You've got some good stuff here. Caught the vibe very well. It was fun to listen to.


Thanks for stopping by, Brad!

Originally Posted By: cubanpete
Hi Dave, glad that you jumped in. Great tone and production all around. Great playing as usual.

Cheers

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Yeah, it was a fun little project. Thanks, Mike!

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Hi Dave
Excellent guitar solo
Brilliantly played
In addition a fantastic guitar sound
Great work
Many greetings
Andi ;-)

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Santana in his sultry mood!

As others have mentioned your tone is very nice and Santana is represented well.

Now we want to listen to your original song for Kathy!

Enjoyed it,

J&B

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