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Carlos Santana Teaches The Art And Soul Of Guitar

via MasterClass


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.


  • Introduction
    • 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.
  • Practice as Musical Offering
    • Learn Carlos’s strategies for acquainting yourself with your instrument, and growing more proficient and confident as an artist.
  • Going Inside the Note
    • The key to accessing a listener’s heart through your music is to “go inside the note.” Carlos teaches you how to put everything you have into everything you play.
  • Finding Your Sound
    • What do you sound like? Learn how to combine your influences and dig inside yourself to uncover your unique voice on the guitar.
  • A Global Music Rolodex
    • Carlos challenges you to think beyond the Western notion of classical music and explore some of his favorite musical influences from around the world.
  • Learning From the Blues
    • If you can play the blues, you can play anything. Carlos shares his perspective on the blues masters, and provides you with techniques to infuse passion into your playing.
  • Opening Your Ears to Rhythm
    • Rhythm is the canvas for melody. Carlos teaches you what he learned from watching conga players and incorporating other rhythmic traditions into his music.
  • Melody Is Supreme
    • Learn Carlos’s strategies for writing a melody that moves listeners to their core.
  • The Music Beyond the Page
    • Music is everywhere. Carlos teaches you to draw musical inspiration from people, voices, and anything else you experience in the world around you.
  • Leading and Playing in a Band
    • Carlos teaches you his approach to building a passionate band, playing with vocalists, and participating in generous, fulfilling artistic collaborations.
  • Playing Live: Connecting With the Listener
    • Learn Carlos’s approach to reeling in an audience, connecting with them on an individual level, and carrying them through an emotionally compelling performance.
  • Guitars, Amps and Sustain
    • Take a tour through Carlos’s guitars and amps, and learn how he gets his famous sustain onstage.
  • Continuing Your Transformation
    • To wrap up his MasterClass, Carlos encourages you to make the transition from part-time musician to full-time artist.
  • Bonus: Techniques
    • Carlos gives additional tips—like how to use the pick for maximum effect, and how to keep time with the feet—and reminds you to incorporate it into your practice.
  • Bonus: Wisdom to Live By
    • Throughout his life and career, Carlos has accrued a trove of wisdom. He shares his unique outlook on why music matters, and the importance of helping others.
  • Bonus: Music as Language
    • Carlos explores the universal language of music, and how it connects us through time and space.

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