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Introduction To The Martin Taylor Guitar Academy
This "introduction" block sets the stage for what is to follow. Put down your guitar, and enjoy learning about Martin's background, influences, and philosophy about music and the guitar. If you are anxious to get going, you can skip ahead to the "Underlying Concepts" block or even "Learn By Playing Tunes" block. Just be sure to get back and watch these important videos!
Underlying Concepts
The "Underlying Concepts" block starts very basic and progressively lays down the foundation for Martin's approach to fingerstyle guitar. Even if you are already an advanced guitarist, Martin asks that you go through all of these lessons. This block ends with Martin teaching two versions of the jazz classic "Satin Doll."
Developing Technique & Musicianship
Here we switch almost entirely to music, musicianship, and advanced techniques for making music on the guitar. To get started right, Martin teaches a simple but soulful version of his own composition "True." Martin uses this tune as reference point throughout the curriculum. More techniques flow from Martin's presentation of jazz blues, "Somewhere Over The Rainbow", and "My Romance."
Learn By Playing Tunes
Watch, listen, play. It's all here: A progressive collection of tunes that represent every skill and technique Martin employs in his fingerstyle guitar playing. For many of these tunes, Martin provides a very detailed analysis of all of the techniques employed. All of the tunes are presented with alternate camera angles (you can see exactly what Martin sees using the "topview" camera angle), and slow-motion versions. Many of the tunes have downloadable notation PDF files, though Martin prefers you to use you eyes and ears rather than the notation which can become a "crutch" and inhibit progress.
Auxiliary Lessons
This is the place where material will be placed that relates to specific topics not covered in the core curriculum, such as accompanying a singer, gear, etc.
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I'm Martin Taylor, and welcome to the
Martin Taylor Guitar Academy.
I'm really pleased you can be here.
I've got lots of things to tell you and
show you,
and it's gonna be a great journey and a
lot of fun to do.
I, I just hope you, you really enjoy this.
And before I start just a, just a really
just a brief introduction and
you can just put your guitars down for
We don't, don't play just now.
This is really for your, your hearts and
And but this is important information for
you to know.
Probably I should start by just saying to
you, let you know who I am.
I was born in in England in 1956.
And I started playing the guitar when I
was very, very young.
My father was a, a jazz musician.
He was a double bass player.
And the first instrument I got was a, a
little ukulele, a little Hawaiian ukulele.
Red with a palm tree on it, you know?
And it just fascinated me straight away.
We, in the house, there was all the music
of Django Reinhardt,
the Hot Club of France, Duke Ellington all
the great American
jazz musicians, that my parents used to
listen to.
And I became very intrigued with, with the
music and particularly with the guitar and
in particular Django Reinhardt, and I
started listening to his records,
and I used to try and imitate a lot of
the, the guitar solos that he played.
And that's something that you shouldn't be
afraid of is to to imitate people.
Just try and copy what they're doing and
then take that information and
turn into your own and make your own, your
own voice.
So, I started to play the guitar, and I go
along to my dance gigs,
and after a while, I decided that's really
what I wanted to do.
I just wanted to play, play music.
And I joined a band, I left school when I
was 15, and I joined a band.
I came to the States and started to work
then when I returned home I started to
work with
a guitarist by the name of Ike Isaacs, who
was a great influence on me.
And even though I've been playing for a
long time, it wasn't till I met Ike that I
started to get a deeper understanding of
music, and he would,
he passed all his information to me, he
shared his knowledge,
he was very generous, and that's really
what I want to do now.
I want to pass a lot of information that I
picked up years of knowledge for
playing for 50 years.
And a, a great thing happened for me when
in 1979,
having listened to the music of the Hot
Club of France Django Reinhardt and
Stéphane Grappelli, I got a call from
Stéphane to go work with him in France.
And that was really the beginning of my
career as a,
as a jazz musician professional career as
a jazz musician.
And I've traveled all over the world
working with Stéphane.
I worked with made on, made lots of albums
with Stéphane, with Yehudi Menuhin,
and recorded with Peggy Lee and all kinds
of people.
It was, it was a fantastic experience.
Along the way, I also started to develop
my own solo style of playing,
an that became my big fascination.
Because I used to listen to piano players
like Art Tatum, Bob Powell, Bill Evans.
And I wanted to transfer what I heard
piano players doing onto the guitar.
And the only people I really heard that
were doing that were classical guitarists.
And also Chet Atkins and Merle Travis,
who played the guitar as a complete
But I wanted to play jazz solo on, on the
guitar, and
that really became my, my biggest quest in
So I followed this this solo career, and
along the way, made lots of records.
And I've kinda got to the point now where
I've got a lot of things to pass on,
a lot of knowledge to pass on, a lot of
Which is why we're here, and I'm glad
you're here to be part
of the Martin Taylor Guitar Academy, and I
just want you to enjoy it.
Have fun.
It's gonna be a lot of fun.
Enjoy the journey.
>> Teach the world.