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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: Adding a Melody to "Satin Doll"

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>> Don't worry about fingering.
Don't think, well, I've got to use the
first finger, or the second finger, or
the third finger.
It will change, this is going to change.
I played it like this, but I want to play
the melody.
Oh, so how might if I get play that one.
I can, I can do that.
Or I can play it this way.
Just think about the melody and
the base, and if you can find a little not
in the middle, say a, a 10th or a 7th.
Put that in, so we can play
See that?
We can make it sound very much like
a piano player, the left hand of the piano
a little bit even very simply.
That's stride piano,
[LAUGH] the left hand or ragtime was based
on this as well.
See how simple that is, I'm hardly playing
can make it even more interesting as well.
We can start making the, the bass line
move a little bit.
So instead of playing-
You know,
when you get a, a walking bass line, we
call a, a, a walking bass line.
Very often, a walking baseline,
is achieved by playing, a grammatic note,
either one step below or one step above.
Kind of filling in the gaps.
So instead of playing two, three, four.
Two. You play. [MUSIC]
we get into the territory now of playing
walking bass lines.
But what I want you to do on here is not
get into that just yet but just make that
bass line a little more interesting.
So I got you playing this far.
Let's just make the baseline a little more
Put another little note in just before.
See you've got the melody,
you've got that little left hand of the
piano very gently there and
you've got a real bass player now.
We can get a little more elaborate.
Teach the world.