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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: Finding Transition Points When Playing the 7ths

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now, now that we've learnt to play the,
the tenths and the sevenths.
With our root anchor note on the sixth
string, fifth string, and fourth string,
now we cuz, we can really go from playing
very low down way up to the top.
And remember what I said about those
transition points.
They're entirely up to you.
Transition points are up to your own what,
what feels good for you.
Now when you're playing this,
remember what I've been saying all along,
name the notes.
Now as, as we're going along now we're
going really the length of the fret board
and across the, the fretboard.
Imagine all the notes you're remembering
And how this is all starting to fall into
place for you.
So remember, name the notes, imagine the
notes visualize them.
Don't worry about the fingering.
Use whatever fingering you're happy with.
And choose whichever transition point you
So here we go.
This is
where my transition point's gonna be.
This is what I've decided on.
gonna do another transition point, here.
Transition point here.
Transition point here.
[MUSIC] Now you can do all kinds of things
with this.
You've got this whole, you've got the
whole fretboard covered now.
You can, so you can mess around with all
kinds of things here.
I'm naming the notes the whole time.
Remember that, now we're covering a lot of
And if you've been naming them along the
way you should know what they are now.
This is, this whole fretboard is gonna
start to be revealed for you so start.
Coming up with little ideas of your own,
make little melodies up.
Now what
I'd like you to do now is send me a video
of any ideas you have.
Just, little, simple ideas.
Playing these scales, just all, all the
way all the way ascending, descending.
Make up little melodies.
Very simple stuff.
Just a, a short video.
I'd be happy to to have a look at that and
send you a video response.