Analysis Of Low Rider By War And Soul Sacrifice By Santana

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Porter 1
Matt Porter
Mr. Yarborough
Percussion 1-D
16 December 2013

The songs that were played at the concert were Low Rider by War and Soul Sacrifice by Santana.
Low Rider by War is composed with a piano, guitar, hand percussion, a drum kit, and most importantly, the cowbell. The song is in the key of G major and uses only one chord, which is G. In our musical performance we used the F blues scale to improvise each of our solos. This is one of the easiest songs I have played because it only used one chord. This melody is cool because with mix of the mallet percussion and drums, it sounds almost sounds identical to the original recording. This is not my favorite song but it is, however, a song I enjoy playing.
Soul Sacrifice by Santana is composed with a piano, organ, hand percussion, guitar, saxophones, and a drum kit. This song is in the key of Am but in the middle of the song it changes to Dm. The chords use in this song are Am, C, and Dm. In our performance we used the A blues scale to improvise each of our solos. This is a very complex song because it uses a multitude of riffs, hand percussion and mallet solos, and the Latin drum beat to go along with it. This melody is extremely fun because even though it has the same chord progression, there are many riffs to fill in those gaps. This is one of the best song I have ever played and it is very fun to play and improvise grooves on.
Porter 2
Santana, previously known as The Santana Blues Band, was a group that improvised and played grooves rather than actual songs. One of their initial songs turned into a song called Soul Sacrifice, which gained legendary status for being on the film Woodstock even though it was released years earlier on their self-titled debut album Santana by Santana. Ever since then Soul Sacrifice has become world acclaimed and has been and currently being played show after show.
There is nothing better than driving down the road on a hot summer day with the windows down and blasting Low Rider by War previously known as Nite Shift. This song was created by the saxophonist of the group named Charles Miller. They were jamming in...

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