Chapter 13 of 16 from Carlos Santana

Continuing Your Transformation

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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

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.

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Find the heart of your sound

With 10 Grammys and almost 50 years on stage, Carlos teaches you his spiritual take on playing guitar. Learn how he weaves emotion, artistic expression, and musical styles from across the world to create a sound that transcends genre 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.

Genre-defying legend Carlos Santana teaches his unique approach to playing, with bonus lessons on techniques, and words of inspiration for artists.

A downloadable workbook accompanies the class with exclusive tablature for Carlos’s improvised music and essential listening lists.

Upload videos to get feedback from the class. Carlos will also critique select student work.

Reviews

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

Great, good energy, gives a very good insight how he thinks/feels about music and life!

Thank you for the inspiration, confidence and techniques. It was like having Carlos in my living room. Great job film crew!

This has helped me a Ton so much! I like the style of teach/ coaching and will review it many times Thank You so much although down load seemed to have stopped at lesson 13 I will try again to recover the rest.

I just love the class! In my opinion, what Carlos showed in these lessons is far beyond than just guitar techniques, it is the way that I can truly become, who I am.

Comments

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.

mpidgeon

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!

A fellow student

This one was super short. Would be helpful if there was a X of 13 somewhere on each lesson. or some type of progress bar so we can mentally gauge where we're at (I know there's some other way to look them up but just something easy would be nice)

Transcript

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...