"It’s the next best thing as sitting in the same room with Martin.”
– Student, Kent Gunderson

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Learn Online with Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons from Martin Taylor

Martin Taylor has created a comprehensive video library that includes hundreds of fingerstyle guitar lessons, exclusive performances, and interviews. Students have unlimited access to all these online guitar lessons plus guitar tabs, backing tracks, and other study materials.

What ultimately sets these online lessons apart from other offerings however, is the ability to submit a video for personalized feedback using the ArtistWorks Video Exchange® learning platform. Martin Taylor reviews each submission and records a video response, offerings tips about how to improve. All students can access Martin’s Video Exchange library, which is expanding all the time and may contain the key to unlock your playing.


Top Quality Guitar Lessons

  • 100s of guitar lessons at your own pace
  • All levels from beginner to advanced
  • Slow Motion Isolation and Video Looping
 
Video Exchange® Learning

  • Submit practice videos to Martin Taylor
  • Get custom feedback on your playing
  • Practice the advice and get better faster
 
Worldwide Community

  • Connect with students around the world
  • Learn from everyone’s Video Exchanges 
  • Stay motivated to progress your playing

Martin Taylor Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons

  • Introduction To The Martin Taylor Guitar Academy
  • Underlying Concepts
  • Developing Technique & Musicianship
  • Learn By Playing Tunes
  • Auxiliary Lessons
  • Guided Arrangements

Introduction To The Martin Taylor Guitar Academy

  • Martin's Welcome to the MTGA
  • A Musical Approach to the Guitar Part 1
  • A Musical Approach to the Guitar Part 2
  • The Flow: The Psychology of Music and the Guitar Part 1
  • The Flow: The Psychology of Music and the Guitar Part 2

Underlying Concepts

  • Your Playing Position
  • All About Tuning
  • Fretboard Orientation
  • Introduction to Fingerstyle Playing
  • Introduction to the 10ths: The Scaffolding
  • 10ths Anchored by the Sixth String
  • 10ths Anchored by the Fifth String
  • 10ths Anchored by the Fourth String
  • Finding Transition Points When Playing the 10ths
  • Adding 7ths Anchored by the Sixth String
  • Adding 7ths Anchored by the Fifth String
  • Adding 7ths Anchored by the Fourth String
  • Finding Transition Points When Playing the 7ths
  • Moving the 7ths Anchored by the Sixth String
  • Moving the 7ths Anchored by the Fifth String
  • Moving the 7ths Anchored by the Fourth String
  • Finding Transition Points While Moving the 7ths
  • Using 10ths with the Minor Scale
  • Harmonizing the Major Scale and Chord Progressions
  • Introduction to "Satin Doll"
  • Adding a Melody to "Satin Doll"
  • Applying All You've Learned to "Satin Doll"
  • Play a Simple Version of "Satin Doll"
  • Additional Concepts Found in "Satin Doll"
  • Play Another Version of "Satin Doll"

Developing Technique & Musicianship

  • Learning To Play "True"
  • Learning To Play "True": Performance Of A Simplifed Version
  • Right Hand Technique In Depth
  • Using Thumb Upstrokes
  • Martin's Nail Salon
  • Using A Pick
  • Left Hand Expressive Technique
  • Advanced Expressive Techniques
  • Using Harmonics
  • Incorporating Single String Playing
  • Walking Bass Lines with Comping
  • Comping for Other Musicians
  • Phrasing
  • Phrasing Applied to Somewhere Over the Rainbow
  • Jazz Blues Part 1
  • Jazz Blues Part 2
  • Jazz Blues Part 3
  • Jazz Blues Part 4: Summary
  • Improvisation Part 1: Using Both Hands
  • Improvisation Part 2: Listening
  • Improvisation Part 3: Youre On!
  • Improvisation Part 4: Flow Of Ideas
  • Improvisation Part 5: Opening Your Mind
  • Improvisation Part 6: Example "My Romance"
  • Improvisation Part 7: Melodic Improvisation
  • Improvisation Part 8: More Melodic Improvisation
  • Improvisation Part 9: Melodic Improvisation Single String Introduction
  • Improvisation Part 10: Melodic Improvisation Single String 2-5-1
  • Improvisation Part 11: Melodic Improvisation Single String 2-5-1 Examples Part 1
  • Improvisation Part 11: Melodic Improvisation Single String 2-5-1 Examples Part 2
  • Improvisation Part 12: Melodic Improvisation Single String 3-6-2-5 Part 1
  • Improvisation Part 12: Melodic Improvisation Single String 3-6-2-5 Part 2
  • Using Parallel Fourths
  • My Funny Valentine - Performance
  • My Funny Valentine - Bossa Feel Part 1
  • My Funny Valentine - Bossa Feel Part 2
  • The Fair Haired Child - Performance
  • The Fair Haired Child - Breakdown
  • The Fair Haired Child - Chords
  • The Fair Haired Child - Melody and Root
  • The Fair Haired Child - Adding Harmony

Learn By Playing Tunes

  • Satin Doll Version 1
  • Satin Doll Version 2
  • True Version 1
  • Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  • Sweet Lorraine
  • If I Only Had You
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow
  • Please
  • Martin's Blues
  • I Fall in Love Too Easily
  • Chez Fernand
  • Georgia on My Mind
  • True Version 2
  • Polka Dots and Moonbeams
  • Don't Know Why
  • Like Someone in Love
  • I'm Old Fashioned
  • Norm
  • English Garden
  • I've Got Rhythm Tune
  • My Romance
  • My Romance: Version 2
  • The Fair Haired Child
  • Summertime
  • Take Five
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: Basic
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: Intermediate
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: Advanced
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: Introductions
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: Question and Answers
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: Miscellaneous Exercises
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: Improvisation
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: Stella by Starlight
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: Bossa Nova Tunes
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: Fly Me to The Moon
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: Autumn Leaves
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: Nearness of You
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: Misty
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: Holiday Tunes
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: The Girl from Ipanema
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: Bluesette
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: Untrue
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: Nuages
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: Black Orpheus

Auxiliary Lessons

  • Accompanying a Singer:
  •   - True: Performance with Alison Burns
  •   - True: Discussion with Alison Burns Part 1
  •   - True: Discussion with Alison Burns Part 2
  •   - Kissing Bug: Performance with Alison Burns
  •   - Kissing Bug: Discussion with Alison Burns
  • Equipment:
  •   - Gear Part 1: Finding the Right Set-up
  •   - Gear Part 2: Pick-ups, Strings, and DI Boxes

Guided Arrangements

  • Introduction to Guided Arrangements
  • Moon River
  • Blue Moon
  • Fly Me to the Moon
  • Serafina
  • Over the Rainbow
  • The Nearness of You
  • Georgia On My Mind
  • Misty
  • Smile
  • Honeysuckle Rose
  • A Certain Smile
  • All The Things You Are
  • Here's That Rainy Day
  • A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
  • Two For The Road
  • Some Day My Prince Will Come
  • Lulu's Back In Town

Reviews for Martin Taylor's Guitar Lessons

  • "Whether you've just been playing guitar for a short time or you're a seasoned professional, there's something that you're going to learn here for sure. What I like about it is that I started seeing results right away in my playing. I can't tell you enough about how great this is. He'll work with you no matter what level you are." Bob the Guitar Doctor
  • "Right from the start Martin encourages you to make your own little arrangements and the atmosphere is very relaxed with some very good players and also a lot of players who are new to fingerstyle guitar. In 2 years I've learned more than in the ten years before I joined. Highly recommended!" Dutch Courage
  • "I'm always amazed how Martin stays on top of submissions from students, no big time lapses from student submission to Martin response, no excuses for his grueling travel schedule. I'm so impressed by how Martin is so honestly involved, never projecting any sort of condescension. He never seems to come off saying 'that's great' in a fake way...a true gentleman."Robert
  • "Martin is an inspiring musician and an amazing teacher. His lessons have taught me so very much and his interviews are great too. He really has a knack for helping people." Francesco
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About Martin

Martin Taylor is a Grammy nominated fingerstyle guitarist, solo jazz guitar virtuoso and online guitar teacher.  Pat Metheny says Martin Taylor is "one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument" while Jeff Beck thinks Taylor "out-shred’s all of us put together….I’ve never seen anything like it". As one of the world's leading fingerstyle guitarists, Taylor now helps people in over 58 countries become better guitarists of their own. 

Martin has collaborated with the biggest names in guitar music including Tommy Emmanuel, Jeff Beck, Chet Atkins, Frank Vignola, Barney Kessell, Earl Klugh, Herb Ellis, Scotty Moore, Julian Lage, Andreas Oberg, Albert Lee, Ulf Wakenius, Tony McManus, Martin Simpson and Laurence Juber. Martin has been awarded two honorary doctorates, a BBC lifetime achievement award, an IAJE Jazz Educators award, Top 10 albums in both the USA and UK, a record 14 British Jazz Awards and in 2002 he was appointed MBE 'For Services to Jazz Music' by the Queen of Great Britain. He has been teaching fingerstyle guitar online with ArtistWorks since 2010. 

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