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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.
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Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons: Additional Concepts Found in "Satin Doll"

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Something that I,
I should very quickly clarify with you
here about 251 is that when we use
the term 251, very often,
we're actually just talking about
2, 5, 2, 5, 2, 5.
The one is the note that
But we have used the term 251 very often
we just mean 2, 5.
So Satin Doll is full of 2, 5s.
But we still use the expression 2,
5, 1 cuz, ultimately, we go back to, to
the one.
So what I, what I'll do here, I've already
played it through once for
you, I'm just gonna play it again.
This time, I'm going to just elaborate a
little bit more on it for you.
I'm not gonna go too far out on anything
but I made,
I'll just a little, a few fills in here
and there.
I may el, elaborate a little more on the
I may play things a little more
To be honest, I don't exactly know until I
start playing it.
Well, something will happen, but I'm not
gonna get too far away from what we've
already played because I think the, the
first version I played of this for
you and explained for you, I think with,
if you've been going through everything
methodically up till now, you will have no
trouble playing that.
That will be that will be very, very
simple for you.
I'm just gonna take it just a slightly, a
further step forward now for
you that you can copy this because, as
I've said before, copying and
imitating another guitar player is a very
good thing to do.
It's how we learn everything.
It's how we learn to speak, how we learn
to tie our shoelaces is by imitating when,
when we're very small children.
It's been since the beginning of time.
So don't feel bad about imitating another
guitar player.
And trying to play the way they do.
That, that's fine.
There's noth, nothing wrong with that.
What I would like you to do, though, is
when you,
when you do copy what I play, I want you
to think about what it is.
I want you to name the notes, think about
it, analyze it and
say, well okay, yeah, that's a tenth in
there, and that's a two five.
And again, that's a two five.
Am I in a third higher?
I'd like you to think about that.
And then think about how can I then
apply this knowledge to everything else
that I'm gonna play in the future.
So I'm giving you, this is like the
Up until now, I've been giving you the
ingredients to make this meal.
Now, we've got the dish.
We've put all these ingredients together.
We've actually got the plate sitting there
with the meal.
All the ingredients have been put
We've been cooking, and here it is.