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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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Video Exchange Archive
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Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons: Introduction to "Satin Doll"

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[MUSIC]
Now
we've reached that point where we have to
talk about two-five-ones.
Now whenever you study jazz, or anything
you read about jazz, this always comes up,
two-five-one, as, also sometimes known as
a turnaround or two-five-one turnaround.
Now, for those of you that maybe come from
more of a,
a, a rock background, or more playing folk
music,
or you'll be very familiar with one, four,
five, which is this.
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Which you can then play in other keys.
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That's,
that's very essential to a lot of things
in, in rock music.
And in the blues of course, is the, you
know the three chords and
the 12 bar blues.
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So
I'm gonna really show you the, the 251 and
how that is pivotal in, in jazz in the
same way that.
One, four, five is in other forms of
music.
So I'm going to do it first of all in the
key of C.
So, we got our C here.
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Playing the major scale.
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C, D, E, F,
G, A, B, C.
Remember always to name those notes in
your mind.
Let them pop out in your mind.
So here's one, two, three, four, five,
six, seven, eight.
So we're looking for two.
So, our two is the D.
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Our five is the G.
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And our one is C.
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So, here it is.
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Or we can play,
we can play the five an octave below,
which sounds, can sound quite good.
So you're familiar with that.
You've heard that a million times.
If I harmonize that, we get this.
That's a two, five, one.
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And as with our one four five we can play,
once we've got that we can play it in
other keys.
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So this is very, very important that you
know, you know this.
Now, what I'm going to do because really
the way I learned to,
to play music and understand all, all
these things was really by learning tunes.
So because this is so central in,
in jazz probably a good idea if we, we
take a tune.
That is just full of 2 5 1's.
And I'll show you how to play it.
Now, this is the jazz tune that a lot of
people know,
even if they're not into jazz.
Satin Doll.
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It's full of two five ones.
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Got a little chromatic, here.
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So
let's just take the, the bass notes of
this.
Let's, let's forget the chords for the
moment.
So we've got one, two, three, four.
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Here's another two,
two, five, one turn around from E to A.
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And we have the melody to that is
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Now when you, I want you to try and
do this, for me.
I want you to play that bass note, the
bass line, and that melody together.
So we get,.
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That's the bass and the melody together.
And this is all, all working around our
two-five-one sequence.
Now, let's go back to when we were doing
our friend the,
the tenths, where that comes in.
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So the melody,.
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Is here.
We have the base note.
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Another turnaround here.
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So,
let's put a little bit of harmony in
there, in here.
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So, there's two turnarounds, one is.
A D minor, G seventh, C turnaround.
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And we've got our.
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Minor tenth.
And our seventh in here.
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Our root note and our tenth here.
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So now we're playing tenths.
All the things we've been doing earlier on
a two-five-one turnaround.
I'm gonna play this D up here
because the melody is here.
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But
it could also be played here, with the
melodies here.
So, I'm playing it up here.
So, that's important to know.
That's why I've been showing you
transitions, so that you can play that
with the the tenth on the, the fifth
string, and also on the sixth string.
So, all of those lessons you've done
earlier,
now you've put into practical use.
Now you know why we have that transition
point because in this particular case,
I want to play that one because I want to
play the melody on the top here.
So now let's, this is it.
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So, we've got this.
Now, what I want to do is get that, get
the melody in.
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