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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: 10ths Anchored by the Fourth String

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[MUSIC]
Okay.
We're now gonna do the G major scale, on
the fourth string.
Now if we play that in position, playing
across the fretboard,
we're playing it like this.
[MUSIC]
But, we're gonna play it lengthwise.
Again, as we did with the other two
examples.
Here we go. So.
[MUSIC]
Again.
Don't worry about which finger you use.
The important thing are the notes.
And to name the notes so that, you know,
what they are.
[MUSIC]
Let those notes kinda pop out in your
mind, in your imagination.
[MUSIC]
Let that little light go on every time you
press G, A, B, C.
B, E, F-sharp, G and back again.
And plant that in your mind.
Now we're going to play the, the tenth
interval.
That same scale, starting on the tenth
which is here.
[MUSIC]
There we go.
That sound note.
There is on the first one we did, an
octave below.
Now here we are, an octave higher.
So, we start here on the B.
B, C, D, E, F sharp, G, A.
B, and
back down.
B, A, G, F sharp, E, D, C, B, and that's
our scale, there.
So now, we're gonna play those two
together.
The an anchor note the root note the G
here.
On the fourth string, and the tenth on the
first string.
Again I'll change the fingering as I play
as I,
as I feel just think about the notes, and
the learn the notes as you play them.
[MUSIC]
And then we can play around with this too.
[MUSIC]
So that is the, the G scale, in tenths,
played with the with the, the root note,
the anchor note on the fourth string.
[MUSIC]