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Carlos Santana

Lesson time 06:34 min

Meet your new instructor: Grammy Award-winning guitarist Carlos Santana. In your first lesson, Carlos points to music’s higher purpose, and asks you to decide what role you want to play in making it real.

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.


Would you welcome please Santana? [MUSIC - SANTANA] CARLOS SANTANA (VOICEOVER): It's not only about the guitar. It's what you're feeling and thinking when you hit that chord. What are you putting inside the note that gives you an immediate connection to people's hearts? That's the purpose of music, period. [GUITAR MUSIC PLAYING] - I'm Carlos Santana. This is my MasterClass. [GUITAR MUSIC PLAYING] I remember, 20 years ago, my mentor, Mr. Herbie Hancock-- we were talking about this and that, and, somehow, he said, you know, I want to ask you a question. Because you have a certain way of explaining things that is-- like, for example, when people ask me, you know, what kind of piano did you use, and what kind of voicing and chords? And he says, but they forgot to ask me, what was I feeling and thinking when I hit that chord and you're really good at expressing that. I said, yeah. You have to share with people what goes inside the note, you know? What are you putting inside the note that makes it explosive? [IMITATES EXPLOSION] [MUSIC - SANTANA] There's three kinds of purpose in music. One is to tame the beast. And then there's entertainment. And then there's music to uplift this planet into a whole other dimension of existence. Like Coltrane and Mahalia Jackson, their notes have an out-of-this-world realm that makes humans not rationalize stupid excuses. I can tell you, the musicians in the song, they are more than just a song. It's a gateway to "unfollowment" or illumination. And illumination shouldn't scare you. Illumination is a word for total wonderment, like being in Disneyland and you're seven years old and everything's paid for. All the rides are free, you know? Music will transport you into a place beyond fear, beyond guilt, shame, beyond good and bad, right or wrong, black, white, or gray. Wonderment is what you're supposed to play as a real musician. You choose, because it's the planet of free will. You choose what kind of role you want to play in music. [MUSIC - SANTANA, "SOUL SACRIFICE"] This is "Soul Sacrifice." The bass is-- [PLAYING BASSLINE] The guitar is-- [PLAYING GUITAR] The main thing is-- [PLAYING GUITAR] Drums! [PLAYING GUITAR] Drums. [PLAYING GUITAR] So once you get in it, it's almost like a gathering tribal music that-- I didn't know just how powerful it was until we actually played it in Woodstock. And everybody became like this. [IMITATES WHOOSHING] One. If it was 550,000, it became one. And that person in front of us was going, yes, finally! You know, something that we can-- there's something about primal music, especially like "Soul Sacrifice" or "Jingo," that makes people remember that they-- we all belong to the same-- not tribe or nation or patriotic. It ain't about that. We all belong to the same galactic oneness, you know? And that's the kind of music that I like to play-- music that that helps people...

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.

I didn't realize that Carlos Santana was so educated in music and religion or spirituality. or life. His class is uplifting and mind opening.

Art and soul says it perfectly! Intensely immersive! Like being invited into the master's very heart and hearing it beat! Thank you, Carlos!

Getting the best advice from the best in the business.

I liked the tip on practicing the scales to get in tune with the note.


Lourdes A.

.."its a gateway to unfolment of illumination..????" what have you been smoking ?


My guitar teacher : "Stop looking at your fingers." / Carlos Santana's Masterclass : "Go outside. Talk a walk... and listen to the clouds."

Pradeep P.

Music's higher purpose sounds exciting- although its not new to someone from India where Music is revered. But more eager to know what role I want to play in making real music.

John W.

Getting up close and personal with Carlos Santana is a gift from the guitar gods! Enjoying every word!

Imad S.

What an immensely epic start into this! I didn't expect poetry :D Beautiful....

Kelly M.

I am very pleased to have the opportunity to take lessons from a master like Carlos Santana. Being schooled in classical music which is rigid and exact, it is a breath of fresh air to experience a musician who loves, and performs from the soul. A legend who is willing to share his passion for music from within! Mr. Santana was my inspiration into the reality of MASTERCLASS

Francois A.

I'm very happy that Carlos has let us in to some of the deeper secrets of music, how vibrations (musical notes charges with volition of feeling and sentiments of all kinds, mostly love) can be boomeranged from our fingers and instruments right into the hearts of our audience. This is a rare and precious knowledge. As a filmmaker I've been obsessed for years on how to best communicate how music can affect us deeply and provoque even a change in our molecular structure, helping us evolve in new territories, expand and or just conclude and wrap up old forgotten sentiments that we drag like weights on the leg of a convict. I made several films to to convey this very science (Concerto Grosso Modo, Noctures, Seurat: The Realm of Light) and here Santana revels the essence and the keys to mastering our lives using music as a tool for evolution. It's no science fiction that musical vibration can curve and change atoms in their inner structures. The images from plates created using the Chladni system (Chladni is a French scientist who created this system) quite simply demonstrates how powerful musical vibrations are and how they affect us physically, mentally and spiritually. Now add to this the "power of intention", where each and every note has a deeper meaning, and really goes somewhere, and there you have it. These are some of the best classes I had so far in this series. Thank you Mr. Santana. Muchas gracias!

Dwayne K.

i love this guy and i will buy him coffee and hang out and drink up his stories like the finest wine

Jontelle T.

New(ish) guitarist here and couldn't be more excited to learn from the teachings of Carlos Santana!


SO GLAD 2 TAKE THIS MASTERCLASS, first lesson n it already payed off, Santana 4 ever!!!!!!