Guitar On YouTube: Marty Schwartz: Santana's "Smooth"

Marty Schwartz is the guitar force behind Marty Music; he manages a popular YouTube channel full of guitar lessons and tutorials, as well as a Patreon page offering private livestreams, private guitar lessons, premium lessons, products, and other exclusive content. Marty hails from Newport Beach, California. Currently, he resides in San Diego, California.

Schwartz’s main channel - Marty Music - has about 948,000 subscribers. He says his videos average 7 million views a month, earning him significant advertising revenue, thanks to his instructional content covering bands such as Santana Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Nirvana and Radiohead.

This lesson is an introduction to the riffs and chords from the song "Smooth", off of "Supernatural" - the eighteenth studio album by Latin rock band Santana. At the 2000 Grammy Awards, "Supernatural" won nine Grammy Awards, breaking the record held by Michael Jackson's Thriller for the most honored album.

Unlike a lot of instructors on YouTube, Schwartz starts by playing the tune and then gets straight into the tutorial, avoiding a lot of the chit chat, and delivering the essential parts of the tune with enough variations to make it easy to come up with your own arrangement.