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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: Applying All You've Learned to "Satin Doll"

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[MUSIC]
This
really started out as a lesson about two,
five, one, the importance of that in Jazz.
But, also, I'm also showing you here a
number of other things.
I'm showing you how to incorporate all
those other things we've been learning of,
of tenths and sevenths within two, five,
one.
And we're also getting into the territory
now of understanding
how to play a bass line and a walking bass
line.
And a bass line that moves a little bit,
too.
So.
[MUSIC]
You see,
when I was learning to play the guitar,
which I still am all the, all those years.
As, as, as time went on, I would learn
things not in, in little lessons.
As I, I would go on gigs and I, I, I'd
come away from a gig and say,
well, I really learned something on that
tune.
And.
I learned I would learn about accompanying
some of the lead accompanying, soloing.
And, all these things became very
interconnected.
So sometimes, it's not very easy to to,
to teach a particular something like this
two, five,
one in isolation, because you're gonna use
it.
It's not gonna be used in isolation.
It's, it's, it's part, it's part of a
bigger story.
So, that's why I thought it be a good way
to show you that,
how two, five, one works, so you can hear
it.
Now, you can now hear what a two five one
is.
[MUSIC]
Another thing two five one does is it
resolves.
[MUSIC]
It's a way of resolving.
[MUSIC]
You know,
maybe when you first started to play and
and
you played these kind of cords down there
and you were taught the G7th's.
[MUSIC]
If you play a G7th on it's own.
[MUSIC]
Sounds like it's gotta go somewhere.
[MUSIC]
That's another reason for
a two, five, one, is it resolves.
That's a five, one.
A two, five, one is just another
extension.
You can play it down here as well.
[MUSIC]
Okay, so in open guitar chords,
you can play D minor, G seventh, C.
That's a two, five, one.
You've, you've already been playing it,
I'm sure you have.
In the jazz context.
[MUSIC]
And of course,
you can then, once you have that, you can
play that in, in lots of different keys.
You can play in, in every key.
[MUSIC]
Now I'm also bringing to that some of the,
the tenths that we've, we've been doing.
[MUSIC]
I'm
just playing this for you so just, not for
you to copy this but just to get this in,
in, so that you can hear this and you can
feel this and you know what it does.
[MUSIC]
There's two, five one.
That's a three, six, two, five, one.
That's a bit more of an extension of it.
[MUSIC]
It's the same kind of thing.
[MUSIC]
You can play the sixth as a minor
or a major.
[MUSIC]
So, this is the sound.
So, let's play Satin Doll.
Here we go.
[MUSIC]
>> Teach the world.