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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!
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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."
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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."
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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.
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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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Guided Arrangements
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30 Day Challenge
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Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons: A Musical Approach to the Guitar Part 2

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[MUSIC]
Along the way I'm gonna help you develop
a deeper understanding of music I've
worked with a lot of guitar players who.
Have come to me because they felt they've,
their musical creativity and as guitar
players has become quite blocked.
And they need to find some kinda way of,
of, of moving along to the,
to the next level.
And what I really try to do is to develop
this deeper understanding of
the musical language, and to, to broaden
and expand your musical vocab, vocabulary.
Because music like any any language
depends on the vocabulary,
the use of, of words or these things that
you, you gather along the way.
So, I also wanna imprint ideas into your
mind musical ideas and imprint.
Certain movements on the guitar as well
that, after a while when, when I first
show these to you they, they may seem
they, they're pretty basic at, at first.
But what it's doing, it's imprinting these
movements and these ideas into your mind,
so after a while it just becomes
instinctive you don't have to think about
it and making music has nothing to do with
thinking.
We have to kind of get beyond that, that
process, so
we need to develop these, these things
first we need to
break those bad habits that you've
developed along the way that have,
that have come along the way that are, are
holding you back, really.
Moving away from the chord shapes, which
can kinda trap us, you know,
when you when you have these, these, these
safe zones that you find for yourself you
can very difficult to break out of those,
so I wanna to help you do that and
by doing that we can develop our harmonic
knowledge and.
Understand the relationship of notes how
their all related to each other and
how even sometimes by moving with a chord
just changing one note
can change the whole mood and feeling of,
of the chord can can
give us a whole completely different
atmosphere, because it's like.
We're storytelling really, basically with
music and that's what I've been
doing we're, we're, we're, we're telling a
story through music rather than words.
And I'm going to help you with your
musical vocabulary,
so you can draw upon all these different
ideas to help tell your story.
That's really important, and also you're
going to be developing your ear training.
I'm not going to use a lot of notation for
you,
because I really want to, I want to do
everything by, by ear.
So that you you hear these sounds and as
you, you hear them,
you know, what effect they have, what,
what those sounds have.
Whether it can be very simply one one
sound can create a feeling of happiness or
sadness or melancholy or humor these are
all things that we're going to,
to develop and, and use as, as, as we're
going along.
Along the way as well we're gonna be
composing music,
we're gonna improvising right from the
very beginning.
As soon as even the very simple things I
wanna show you
I'll show you little exercises that you
can play but then,
I want you to take those yourself and make
little compositions, improvise with them,
play around a little, you can't break it,
you'll be fine.
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