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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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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
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Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons: 10ths Anchored by the Fifth String

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[MUSIC]
Now that you've learned to play the major
chord in intervals of tenths with the, the
anchor note on the sixth string,.
[MUSIC]
I'm gonna show you how to play it now with
the anchor note on the fifth string.
Now the reason I started with G here, it,
is only because it gives us a nice runup.
So, you, you can really see, it gives a
nice run of the, the fret bar.
But obviously you're gonna play this in,
in every key.
When we if I play in that same position
there, and I play on the,.
[MUSIC]
On the 5th string, that's actually a C.
[MUSIC]
So we're playing this in C now.
But, don't, don't worry about that,
all, I'm just showing you how, how these
intervals feel, and look, in that key.
Also something, you may have noticed.
I actually don't, have markers on my
guitar.
But, because I'm, I'm teaching you, we've
stuck these ones on here,
so I've, I've done this, for your, for
your benefit.
They'll, they'll come off later, so I hope
this makes it a lot clearer for
you then if I didn't have these, these
markers on.
So, if we start on the C, which is where
this first marker is
[MUSIC]
This is how we play the, the,
the scale on one string, on the D, on the
fifth string.
Starting from C.
[MUSIC]
Now we wanna find the tenth.
Now this note.
So here we go with the scale.
[MUSIC]
Eight, nine, ten, so the ten is here.
[MUSIC]
There's that sound again.
So to play that scale.
With a tenth on this string.
[MUSIC]
Again,
don't worry about the fingering side of
it.
[MUSIC]
And the two together, now.
The root note anchored on the fifth
string.
And the tenth here, on, on the second
string,
we have this
[MUSIC].
Again, we can play an arpeggio here.
[MUSIC]
And
we can move it around.
Make up your little melody.
[MUSIC]
So that's playing a major cord in
tenths with the, the root note, anchor,
note.
On the fifth string.
[MUSIC]
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