Topics covered in class
Each lesson includes an in-depth, downloadable workbook.
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.
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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MasterClass – Carlos Santana Teaches The Art and Soul of Guitar