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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: Adding 7ths Anchored by the Fourth String

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[MUSIC]
Now
we're going to do the seventh with the
root anchor note on the fourth string.
So here we go.
Here's the scale.
Let's find the seventh.
One, two, three, four.
[SOUND] Five, six, seven, that's our note
here.
That's our root anchor note.
[SOUND] So here's the scale.
[MUSIC]
This is what it sounds like with our root
anchor note.
[MUSIC]
Let's put the 10th in there, the seventh
in the 10th.
[MUSIC]
Then all three together.
The root note, the seventh, and the 10th.
[MUSIC]
We can change that around a little now
with.
[MUSIC]
So you can, you can try out lots of
different ways of, of of playing that too.
So that's that's the sevenths with the,
the root note on the fourth
on the fourth string and the seventh and
the 10th as well.
[SOUND] So you get the, you get the, the
sound of that now, so.
[MUSIC]
So, this is a great one.
We're really moving up high now.
[MUSIC]
>> Teach the world.