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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.
Guided Arrangements
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Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons: 10ths Anchored by the Sixth String

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Earlier I played a G-major scale for
you in the second position.
We call this the second position,
because the first finger here is on the
second fret.
This is pos, position playing.
That's where you play
across the fret board.
But what I'm gonna do.
What I want you to really start thinking
is playing the length of the fret board as
And I'm gonna show you a few things here.
And they'll seem incredibly simple, and at
the beginning,
not very musical-sounding, but it's very
important for you to do this.
So instead of playing the G major scale
In position,.
I want you to play it the length way.
Now at this point, I don't want you to
worry about what finger you're using or
what fingering you're going to use.
It doesn't matter.
Don't worry about the fingering because
that will change
whatever the musical context is.
I want you to think of the notes.
And as you play the note I also want you
to name the note in your mind.
You don't have to do it out loud, but name
that note.
So G, A, B, C, D,
E, F-sharp, G.
And going back.
G, F-sharp, E,
D, C, B, A, G.
And then just as we did the arpeggio in
position playing, playing across.
I want you to play this,
Get used to playing the length.
As as a friend of mine said, he said,
up here, he always referred that,
referred to this area as the dusty end of
the fret board.
[LAUGH] Because sometimes people don't
play out this way.
But if we start thinking about playing
That's our G major scale.
Don't worry which finger you
play this with, you can play it with this,
this finger here, just think of the note.
Visualize that note almost as if a light
goes on as you play that and
in your mind you go G, A, B, C.
D, E, F-sharp, G,
F-sharp, E, D, C, B, A, G.
After a while you can, you'll just drop
that thought of those notes.
It will just automatically instinctively
know what those notes are.
I want you to name the notes, and keep
that in your mind,
cuz that's gonna make things a lot easier,
as you go further on.
I explained earlier, about the intervals
of tenths, the,
an octave above, the third.
There's the tenth there,
and with the root note, anchor note,
that's our tenth.
So if we play the G major scale, starting
on the tenth, we get this.
And what I want you to do now,
is when you play the root note, the anchor
note, and the tenth together.
Remember this was the, the root note
This is the G
scale, the same scale but
starting on the tenth.
Now put those two together.
Now it's a little bit like tapping your
head and
rubbing your stomach at the same time at
first but don't worry about it.
You'll start to feel it and you'll start
That pattern, and that will start ins,
implanting that into your mind.
So that it will become in, instinctive to
So, we will start again this.
And again, use whichever fingering you
You can play it this way, or this way, it
doesn't matter.
Experiment with it.
I can play, so
I'm playing the scale
of G major in tenths.
[SOUND] So the same thing happens when
you're playing with the tenths.
Name those notes.
Keep that in your mind, visualize the
As I said, you can even think of it like,
the light goes on when you're doing it,
don't think about the finger you, you, you
That's just the, that's just the, the, the
the technical part of it, which, whichever
finger you used.
That's not important.
The important thing is the note.
So, name those notes as you're doing that.
So you go playing in tenths.
B, C, D, E, F-sharp,
G, A, B, B, A, G,
F-sharp, E, D, C, B.
So keep that in your mind then we can do,
So I take the finger in there,
that suits me to play it that way because
we're up here near the cut away.
But you can play it that way.
Whatever way you want to play that, that
doesn't matter.
Don't, don't get hung up about the, the
The important thing is the notes.
Then we can even start playing little
melodies with this.
So we can start playing.
If I start, just, first of all, with the,
with the scale, in G, we can,
which I was playing here.
Start playing around with that.
Make little melodies with it.
Don't play it that, that ascending,
descending order.
This is the beginning of playing
little melodies, and one, basically,
improvising is just playing melodies.
So, I want you to start playing melodies.
Make them up, make up your own little
So already we're starting to,
to get involved in playing some musical
Just with, with two notes.
And it sounds, sounds nice to me.
So really just, just play around with
So that is playing in tenths with the
anchor note on the sixth string.