From Carlos Santana's MasterClass

Continuing Your Transformation

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

Topics include: Be a Full-Time Everything


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

Topics include: Be a Full-Time Everything

Carlos Santana

Teaches the Art and Soul of Guitar

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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.

Wow, that was the fastest class ever! I felt he taught about life, not just about music and playing guitar. A beautiful experience and a beautiful person! Thank you to Carlos and thank you to Masterclass for making it happen!

This class was everything I was hoping it would be, knowing that Carlos Santana plays from his spirit, heart and soul. He shared openly with us about where the music comes from, so that we can take it wherever we like. His emphasis on African music as the wellspring has me studying up on what I might have overlooked before. Thank you, Masterclass, and thank you, Sr. Santana.

Great inspiration from Carlos as always!! Thanks for sharing!

Great music lessons, techniques but spiritual, like the heart of the soul. Emotion, passion and feeling, breathing poetry of the air, that is music.


Mark B.

I never imagined that I would have the feelings for playing the guitar that I do now. I am almost 50 and have found another joy to life. This class rocked and Carlos still Rocks ! A kid from Cleveland I am and proud to be a student of Carlos Santana.. I loved so many of the personal stories you gave throughout the lessons. Ending with the personal touch of saying you believe in me (all of us) brought a tear to my eye. Thank you again.

Michael C.

Disappointing. I expected so much more depth about music. Too much talk, it was like listening to an interview.

Brett B.

"With music, like in relationships, celebrate and honor what happened. Don't be bitter about it. Be better about it!" This is my personal favorite quote from this lesson! The spiritual and practical wisdom continues to flow from Santana here, and make no mistake, he is a lion! Playing along with Santana on the ending riff of Black Magic Woman is the best!

Rodrigo R.

I am SO glad I took this course ! Please make the sequel ! Until then, I will be watching over and over again. Thank you , Santana !! Thank you so much !

Jack L.

I couldn't get tickets to the Santana concert in Calgary in 1973. The concert was sold out. I went to the Summit Hotel cabaret that night instead. About 11:30 or midnight the band showed up after the concert. Carlos was enthusiastically encouraged to take over the stage and jam . I actually pushed him in the back to direct him to the stage. He jammed for the next 2 1/2 hours. It was awesome and it changed my life. Thank You Carlos !!

Rjurik D.

Enjoyed the masterclass but I did hope to get more technical advice on how Carlos approaches playing: how he uses modes, more specific details of the rhythms he uses in his songs. Still, nice.


What an inspiration Carlos is. Great to hear the thoughts and feelings behind such a master musician. Magic!

Ernesto M.

I am SO sorry that this ended. Thanks Carlos! By the way, I met you at Macy's in NY. I was like the 3rd dude on line to meet you. All the best.

Dan A.

Thank you for taking us on a journey! I arrived safely hehe but forever changed! You are a legend!

Tom B.

I loved your story of making the commitment to be a musician and how BB KIng was impacted by the crowd's appreciation. A good friend ran special events at Sea World in Orlando and was with BB at his bus while he was signing autographs. Terry told him we can stop this any time you want and BB told him, "No, these people are the ones who put me where I am at!" and he signed autographs for an hour and a half! Sounds to me that you learned a lot from him too!