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Continuing Your Transformation

Carlos Santana

Lesson time 09:57 min

To wrap up his MasterClass, Carlos encourages you to make the transition from part-time musician to full-time artist.

Carlos Santana
Teaches the Art and Soul of Guitar
Carlos Santana teaches you how he creates a distinct, soulful guitar sound that moves the hearts of audiences.


Life to me is not a downer, it's an upper. So whatever I play, even though it might be the blues, it still has to have a sense of like getting over yourself, and like a snake, peel that skin. That's important to me no matter what kind of music that I'm playing. I want to show you in front of you I can strip myself from something that is not good for me. And by me doing it, it will inspire you to say, "Hey, he inspired me to get rid of some stuff that is not me no more." That's a good thing for a musician to do. The conclusion of "Black Magic Woman" going into "Gypsy Queen" is an exultation thing of like, for example, the relationship that I have in my life-- I'm 71. I bless what happened and I only remember the beauty and the elegance of it. I don't have time for thinking negative, I should have done, I should have been. I feel like I did the best with who I was at the time, and I hope you forgive me. I know I forgive myself. And I forgive you, too. Let's move on. So that part is like-- [PLAYING GUITAR] When you get to that part, you're home free. You've blessed the experience. And you blessed the whole episode that happened. And you bless the person. You bless the-- it's kind of taking about, you know, in Broadway after when the curtain call. And everybody congratulates. "Oh, you played a really great role. I really believe your role. You were a bad person, but I believe you." And so it's important with music, like in relationships, celebrate and honor what happened. Don't be bitter about it. Be better about it. And take a bow and say, "Hey, that was-- you played a good role being my wife. I believed you," kind of thing. So it's the same thing. [PLAYING MUSIC] It's that. It means. Now I am free again. And next time, I'm going to be better. So the whole vocabulary is about always redemption, always about transformation and just being bestest, better, best, better, bestest. That's what it's about. [MUSIC PLAYING] I'm a little hesitant to tell people what they need, who to be, what to do, or how to do it. I do invite people to say, if you want to and you aspire to make music the way you navigate this life, with joy, then you probably do need to-- this part is a little delicate. Crystallize your existence. What does that mean? It means that once and for all, make up your mind to be 100%, no 1,000% out of 100 musician, not a weekend musician. I used to be a weekend musician. And that was because I needed to help my mom and dad. I would wash dishes from Monday to Friday. And Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday, I played music. I was a weekend musician. And that wasn't working for me. And it wasn't working because I could see other musicians that were better than me, not necessarily better than me, but they had something that I didn't have, which is like they are this 24 hours a day. That's where they are. In 1966, '67, I was working Tick Tock's. I was bussing dishes and cleaning dishes and cleaning the parking l...

Find the heart of your sound

With 10 Grammys and almost 50 years on stage, Carlos Santana teaches you how to play guitar in his spiritual style. Learn how he weaves emotion, artistic expression, and musical genres from across the world to create a sound that transcends classifications and connects with audiences. Join Carlos in his studio as he breaks down his process note by note—so you can discover the soul of your sound.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Great information on Santanas thought process in playing guitar.

This was truly a Master class. I have a Master of Fine Arts degree and this is the level you aspire above any book knowledge. This is Spiritual Knowledge of our timeless existence. Thank you Carlos Santana! Your Love is in the Universe!

I don't play instruments, but I learnt the way of practice as artists and proformer.

I knew from the beginning that Carlos santana was a soulmate but after that MasterClass I know why I feel every note he plays. I hope to make a good use of his wise words and became a better musician thanks to him. Great experience. I hope to remember all that and recall it in my mind when I need to find my way to my music. Thank you Carlos!


Nan F.

More than 5 stars, this is a 10/10... the Most brilliant poetry about music, life, and soul. In gratitude.

Tonny S.

I didn't sit through these lessons to learn about scales, technique, etc. There are 1000s of ways to learn about that. I wanted to find out what makes Carlos 'tick' musically. I was not disappointed. ;-) Many thanks!

A fellow student

Great respect. Five gold stars. The last lesson, IMHO, is the most important.

Robert O.

Man, I really needed this. I needed this like 20 years ago, but probably wouldn't have listened back then. Taking what he shares here and coupling it with my own life experience is something I really want to work on. His faith also encourages me beyond words. I'd say my biggest take-away in this class, is how he brings it back to relationships. With people, etc.. yes, but more importantly, with our creator. When he mentioned moving ourselves out of the way, and allowing the "Holy Ghost" in, and how we can do things that we're wired spiritually to do (paraphrasing here), I about teared up. Probably because I know it's truth and I can really suck at allowing that at times. What an honest, beautiful person Carlos Santana is. Bless you sir!

R. Greg S.

This is a masterclass, not for someone who wants to learn how to play an A minor 7th or a D 9th. This is for someone who knows the mechanics but wants to understand how come my riff doesn't come across like the same riff when Buddy or BB plays it. This, like the course title promises, is the art and soul of playing the strings. Listen closely.


There is a woman who plays the baddest guitar in Nevada; You may know her. Her band is called Leona X She has a saying that if you don't believe in yourself, no one else will. One day she fell depressed because her mother died. Leo and I had an argue prior to her monther dying. Leo expressed her grief on facebook. I've got her e-mail address, so I wrote her and cheered her up. How do you cheer up a woman you just got through arguing with who's mother just died? The things you don't know about people can kill YOU. On facebook the next day, Leo was on an uoswing in her soul and I'm very grateful that the real friends that have including Leo and her mother never really die. Instead, we believe so strongly that our faith holds true to the eternal essense of succeeding to ROCK HARD AND LIVE LONG. Thanks Carlos. In His Love and mine Kamp Micah 4:5-7 The Brianna Project

De S.

This is a awesome Masterclass. Thank you Santana. We played "El Farol" for you.


Carlos Santana is amazing. This was not a guitar lesson, this was a lesson for life. You would not find this anywhere else and it is just Carlos Santana who can communicate this inspiration message by being the unique and special human he is. Bravo!

Gustavo E.

This class was awesome. Inspired me to start playing the music inside me, the sounds that make me who I am, to see music as more than sounds. To see the guitar as a medium, as a translator. So much wisdom! Also the blues tabs on the course PDFs where so helpful. I have never played blues myself and it was satisfying to hear it coming from me. 10/10.

A fellow student

Wonderful glimpse into the heart of a master musician. Reignited my passion for playing guitar. Thankyou Carlos. Will watch, and listen, over and over again. What a gift !