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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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Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons: The Flow: The Psychology of Music and the Guitar Part 2

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part of my musical philosophy, is what I
call the stream.
Now the stream, is really in eight parts.
And this is just something for you to bear
in mind just to.
To refer to once in a while is all part
of, of the journey, our musical journey.
And within the stream,
we also incorporate the flow of it where
I've just been telling you about.
About creating using vocalizing as a
to get your musical ideas to the
Now the first part of the stream is
We need to gather.
The musical knowledge as part of our
armory for making music.
From knowledge we can then it helps us to
create ideas,
because we can't we can't we couldn't
write a book unless we understand, we can
speak and write in a certain language.
So in the same way, we have to gather this
Musical knowledge, in order to play music,
and to create music.
Which brings us to the flow through, the
flow of, through the,
using vocalizing, the vocalizing bridge.
We can then get our creative ideas onto
this musical instrument.
Along the way we also gather more and more
experience, through playing.
Almost, doing thing, two things in
of learning to play the instrument, and
also developing our musical knowledge.
Through our experience,
our musical experience also going with
that is practice.
Playing a lot.
Not just, just playing but as I spoke
about earlier.
Always keeping music with you.
The music comes from within you.
The, the the guitar doesn't play music.
The guitar is an instrument.
The music comes from you, and nothing
comes out of this at all.
Mus, music comes from you.
So you can practice, and
you can do that just by sitting around
just thinking ideas.
Vocalizing internally, because you don't
necessarily wanna
start singing out loud on a bus, cuz you
might get arrested or something.
So you'd wanna just keep that music inside
you, and think about things and think, and
then start to try and imagine how would I
play this on the guitar?
And you might think, well, okay, and you
can imagine where your fingers would go.
And you think well maybe, I need to play
another key.
What key would that be?
And you, you, you work those ideas.
Once you've done that practicing in your
This is something I do a lot, because I
don't a,
actually have very much time to practice
cuz I'm always travelling.
So, once you've got this practice routine
going on in your mind all the time.
Once you've worked things out in your mind
you are already know how to,
I can play the guitar I know how it works,
I can play the guitar,
once I got these new things in my mind I
just pick the guitar up and I play them.
Because I've, I've developed a close
relationship with the instrument over the
years, it's become a part of me.
And those practicing and creative ideas
that are in my mind, when
I do actually go home, pick the guitar up
out of the case, I can play them.
Because, I know how to, I know how to play
the guitar.
You know, how to play the guitar.
It's just getting those, those ideas just
So practice in your mind.
Always just, just, just think about
And also investigate.
Don't become narrow minded.
Keep your mind open.
Investigate every kind of music.
If someone tells you about a particular
musician or band.
Just go in always with an open mind.
Sometimes when people go to a concert,
they'll come out-
>> They'll go to a concert with somebody
that they, they,
maybe they've heard before, they've got
some of their recordings, and
they're disappointed at the end of the
reason for it because-
>> And the reason for that is because
they've gone in-
And they've already got the concert in
their mind,
because they've heard the records, and
they go in and
that person hasn't played the concert,
that they've, they've had in their mind.
It's something completely different.
They say oh, he didn't play what I was
expecting him to, to play.
So if you go to hear someone play, don't
have any preconceived ideas
of what they're gonna play because you may
be very disappointed.
Not only disappointed, but you're actually
gonna miss a lot of great music
because it hasn't it hasn't fitted with
your preconceptions.
So all, keep your mind open and
investigate all the time.
And also that, in your life there's lots
of things you gotta do.
We all have to make a living and we got
family commitments,
and our friends, and lots of things we
have to do.
But, you can still stay focused on music.
Try, just keep that as part of you all the
time that the,
the music has got to be part of you.
It comes from inside of you and you've
gotta keep your,
your focus on music all the time and what
you wanna do with music.
How you want to develop as, as a musician.
So, there's really eight, eight points.
There's Knowledge, Create, Vocalize, Play,
Practice, Investigate, Focus.
So, that's really, that's basically my, my
There are things that you can refer to.
Along the way, and see how they relate to
your own life,
to your own musical journey.