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Practice as Musical Offering

Carlos Santana

Lesson time 12:25 min

Learn Carlos’s strategies for acquainting yourself with your instrument, and growing more proficient and confident as an artist.

Carlos Santana
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Sacrifice is like a burden, like like-- [PLAYS DIRGE RIFF] Like it's hard, and it's heavy, and you carry it up the hill. And it doesn't sound like fun. That's why I purposely encourage students to get rid of certain words that have a negative connotation to it. Because we're in the business, if that's what you want to call it, of accentuating positivity. And positivity has to be joy. You know, you have to reward yourself mentally for what you're investing, as what you call practice. That's why I don't call it practice. I dismiss practice and sacrifice out of my vocabulary. Those ones have kind of like a negative weigh-- too much weighed down. And instead of a sacrifice, I call it an offering. You know, this is my offering to today. I'm going to spend two hours, unplug the phone, unplug the TV, and just become acquainted. That's a better word. Become become acquainted with the symmetry of sound. Minor, major. Sad, happy. Soft, loud, you know? All of those things are really, really good to become acquainted. Practice is-- eh, I don't like that word. [GUITAR MUSIC PLAYING] It all starts with the breath. You have to know how to breathe. When you take a deep breath, and you-- you're sitting or you're standing a certain way, you're accessing the invisible. If you know how to breathe correctly, you can do the incredible and the impossible. If you don't know how to breathe correctly, and you're trying to play something that is beyond, you will pass out, because it's too powerful for your brain, you know, and too powerful for your mind. So you take a breath And then you trust. That's really two key ingredients-- take a deep breath and trust that whatever you're going to manifest is going to be true, because by taking the deep breath, you're actually moving yourself out of the way. And then in that breath, you're allowing the Holy Ghost to have his way over you, an- and play the things that you don't know how to express or feel. Because there's something beyond the the knowing of the brain and the mind. That's where spirit, and soul, and Holy Ghost comes in. It's the language that can be very, very accessible by everyone. [GUITAR MUSIC PLAYING] The way to prepare your brain before you practice is to dismiss it. Tell him to go for a walk. You know, right now, disappear. You know, we're just like going to the blackboard, and you erase everything. I learned that from Keith Jarrett, he does that every single time. He dismisses every melody, e-- he goes with a blank sheet of of anything, so that everything that he plays is at that moment being printed-- imprinted from the other side. So yeah, I'd say the best way to prepare your mind is to get rid of it. Right now, it's going to be only spirit, soul, and heart. Those don't need to practice. They know where everything is, and why it is. What we need to practice is the coor-- muscle coordination between the brain, and th...

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 personality. Trippy fun and insight. From a true musician.

Although not yet finished, I'm loving every Class!

This was a truly great, inspired class. It made me smile. I’ll be watching this class again. Bravo Carlos!

Carlos is a legend, very musical and mindful of tone. The best part was when he talked about his knowledge of all the different traditional rhythms.


A fellow student

So so so so so so so beautiful and exciting and empowering to have this available. THANK YOU Masterclass.

A fellow student

Loved it! I learned I let me ego, lack of self confidence get in the away. Great advice to play one chord with drum track and explore scales without a destination. It’s the journey not the destination. Odysseus was right again!!!

Benjamin D.

Carlos, thank you so much man for doing this. You have been one of my favorite musicians for a long time, and I stumbled upon your course today and about shit myself! haha. My teachers so far have been a variety of Chet Atkins, Van Halen, Yngwie, and SRV like, however it always felt hollow to me. Your blend of the universe, and wisdom into your lessons makes this possibly one of the best classes of all time. All artists should watch this. Thank you man!

Judy C.

Oh my goodness - this is exactly what I need! To reach that higher brain, the soul, I have to get out of my own way. So much to absorb I will be on this lesson for a while and now see my 'practice/rehearsing' as a gift to myself - a way to fill my spirit so I may share with others.

Stephen C.

Cool to see that Carlos is so down to earth. Makes the lesson approachable for all skill levels.

Steven H.

just perfect he has given me the feel above chords notes and has given the mental attitude

Steve S.

I liked it for its wisdom in getting you in the right frame of mind for practicing, for how to mentally approach practicing. Very wholistic, big picture.

Tom B.

The main thing I like about Carlos is he takes the music, breaks it down and then makes it sound like it's his! Thank God he did not play BMW or Oye Como Va like the record, he made them his own! And we can do that too!!!

A fellow student

I was showed how to breathe in a dream once and hearing one of my favorite musicians talk about it and it's importance is so humbling. It's so simple, but so important.

Daniel H.

An ultimate legend of music speaking on a new level of consciousness. I’m humbled. What an amazing musical talent.