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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: Fretboard Orientation

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[MUSIC]
Fretboard orientation or
basically knowing where all the notes are
is a, is incredibly important.
And it's important that you start
developing this early on,
because as we, as we go further on and get
involved in more advanced things,
it's gonna be very frustrating and
difficult for you.
If you don't know where the notes are, you
don't know the names of the notes, and
don't worry about it, many, many guitar
players that been playing for
a long time, would have difficult actually
naming notes.
There's difficulties involved in with the
guitar and
that we have irregular intervals between
the, between the strings so
there's l, l, there's a kind of a,
a break in the pattern on, on the guitar a
lot of the time.
And also, if you had a piano, if you
played this note of C on a piano.
[SOUND] You'd know exactly where that is,
it's, it's, it's around about there.
It's around about where they, they put the
key in to, to lock the lid.
[LAUGH] But on the guitar we've got five
of them.
One, two, three, four, five so it's,
there's no shortcut to, to learning where
everything is on the guitar.
But what I want you to do as you go along
is to name the notes as,
as we're going along.
And kind of imprint that in your mind
where, where all these are, what they're,
what they're called.
After a while, that will become
instinctive, like I've mentioned in other
things, of, implanting things in your mind
so that they becomes extinct instinctive.
And you'll just be able to name the notes.
As we go along with a lot of these
exercises we're doing.
You'll start seeing these notes in, in
context.
And slowly but surely, in fact not even
too slowly quite, quite quickly.
It will all start falling into place and
you'll get a really good idea of, of,
of where everything is and it's almost,
sometimes it can be just one day,
it just clicks, it's like learning
learning a foreign language.
You can struggle with it for a little
while or just be unsure for, for, for
a while and then one day you just suddenly
realize you can speak it because it,
it just all falls in place like a, like a
big jigsaw puzzle.
So it wont take you very long but just
kind of bear with me on this.
And make a conscious effort to name all
the notes that you're, you're playing.
Then, after while, you can drop that, that
thought, and
it will just become very instinctive to
you it's well worth the effort.
[MUSIC]
>> Teach the world.