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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: Adding 7ths Anchored by the Sixth String

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Okay, things are getting interesting now.
Because what we've done so far is I've
shown you how to play scales.
And to make up your own little melodies
using the interval of, of tenths.
Now, one we'll show you now.
We're gonna add another interval in here.
Now this a little bit, if you think of
making music, if you use an analogy of it,
it's like painting a picture or telling a
Painting a picture, this is like we're
adding another color to our palette.
I've shown you a blue and a green, and now
I'm showing you a red.
So you think of it that way.
This is this is some, another color that
you're gonna use.
In painting your, your musical picture.
What we're gonna add here is the, the
Now the, the seventh.
The interval seventh is very important in
It adds another has a, has another sound,
another color.
There's a lot of interesting things that
we can do with that.
A lot of this although I speak of it in
the context of jazz, of course,
this has been around for years Johann
Sebastian Bach,
his music was based on this and lots of
other things.
But, you can find all of this in there,
It's like musical science,
you know it's something that just is and
people adapt it along the way as they go.
But with the seventh, it's very
Once I get you playing this, interesting
things can happen with the seventh
interval because I can start getting you,
in a little while, to play interlines,
to play other lines, get that seventh
interval moving around.
So, what I'm going to show you first of
Is, if you remember on G, with, when we've
got the the G scale on,
On the 6th string.
I don't need to show you that again, but
I will there you go.
We remember it's an old
friend of ours now.
Now the 7th, how do we find the 7th?
And with the scale.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven.
That's our seventh interval.
So, if we have our root note or our anchor
note on the bottom, as well, we have this.
Sounds a little strange at the moment.
So if we play the scale of one string
uh,,starting on the seventh, we get this.
If we play that with our root note.
We get this.
Sounds a little strange, but, it, it will
work out in a while.
We come to the next part where we can play
the seventh with the 10th,
remember what our 10th was here.
So we have the seventh and
the 10th together.
Now, if we play the seventh and tenth, and
if we bring our anchor note,
our root note, back a, again, we've now,
are making a triad, three notes.
This is now technically a chord.
So that's our root note tenth and
seventh together with root note, our
anchor note on the sixth string.
Now I've introduced you the the seventh
interval and
you can see how that works within the
context of the root note and the tenth.
And within the whole scale.
We, you know, we can start doing some
musical examples and you can start messing
around with this and making up little
ideas of your own, you know.
So with the root and the seventh.
Is that's quite a funny kind of interval,
there with the, the, with the root in the
seventh there.
If we played, I, it isn't, so another
little musical
example of playing the, the seventh with
the tenth.
here's a little example, something you can
mess around, with, all three now.
So just really.
Feel free to experiment and get this whole
thing under your, your,
your fingers, under your skin so that you
really, it becomes very instinctive.
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