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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.
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Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons: Learning To Play "True"

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now going to show you how to play one of
my compositions.
This is called True.
It's a, it's a very popular, seems to be
very popular with, with guitar players.
And later on I explained some of the.
Thinking behind how I composed it and the
kind of story and
emotions and feelings that this song
But what I want to do here is to show you
how to play it.
I want to break it down.
And, for you to identify, a lot of these
elements that we've been going over right
from the beginning, where we find 2,
5, 1's, where we find tenths and sevenths
and baselines.
And so I'm going to show you how, I'm just
going to play through it.
And I am just going to talk you through it
as I play this And
then you will be able to see these
mechanisms that I have
used, in coming up with this composition.
As I say later on I talk about another
element of this of the actual.
Express, expressive side of, of writing
But this is kind of the nuts and bolts of,
of everything of,
of the elements that I've, that I've drawn
together in order to make this.
The ingredients in the recipe for this.
So, this is how, how I start.
This is the intro.
Which just sets up the mood.
I'm using open strings,
I'm playing in the key of A because I
wanted to use open strings.
Now I can hear here.
What you hear,
let me just play two notes that are in
You recognize that.
That's our tenth.
Then we've been doing these.
And I'm just causing a little bit of
tension is this by raising the tenth
I could of just played.
Based on the tenths.
But just to make it a bit interesting.
Bit of tension.
So this is our introduction to set
everything up using our old friend,
the tenth.
Then the melody.
With that intro is a little bit of
the is the, the, the accompaniment based
on the tenth.
Do you hear what's going on here?
Another tenth, minor tenth to here.
And it's also a two five one.
A two five-
so we've got our tenths,
there's a minor tenth, tenth, two, five.
One, these are all things we've been doing
so here we go.
Member I
spoke about the 10th being like
scaffolding holding everything-
Everything together.
Here we got
Now the tenth-
With our seventh,
remember we were doing that.
Two, five, one.
These are tenths again.
And again.
Two, five, one.
This is a good thing to do.
Actually this is a, that's a, a minor
chord here.
But I'm taking the,
the bass note down a tone.
What that does, it adds tension.
And then that brings us to, it resolves.
And we got more tens-
And I use a mechanism here that is very
good in music to actually
change the key in the middle section to go
up a minor third.
A minor third of eight is C.
So I've got a little key change here.
That gives a feeling of lift.
Again, I'll tense here.
I'm not going to the one rib.
Hear that, that's all two, five, ones,.
Three, six, two, five, one.
A sixth, two, five.
See, it's all there.
And go back into, into module A and back
into A again.
And how, how do I module it back into A
I do a two, five, one to get back into A
which is a B minor, E.
So an a.
So I've, the way I've modulated from one
key to another.
When I went into C, I did a two, five,
Two, five.
And when I went back again.
That's two.
Went back into A again.
I said wa, as I said before,
when we say two, five, one, very often we,
we just mean atwo, two,
five cuz the one is is wha, that's how
it's resolved.
That's a two, five.
This is all two, five, ones turnaround.
So you can, you can hear,
you can identify all of these, these
mechanisms, these elements.
They're all there.
This, this whole tune has been, been made
from that.
They're, they're our building blocks.
That's all the elements we've got together
to build this.
This this piece of music.
So what I'll do now, is I'll play a nice
version of this for you.
And I'm not gonna put a lot of
embellishments in this, in this version,
because I just want you to, for the simple
reason, I want you to just hear the,
the essence of, of this tune, and what
it's all about.
So I'm not gonna put lots of other, other
things in.
Or, it's a bit like having a meal and
putting too much ketchup on it.
You know, you just wanna, you just wanna
know what it tastes like.
So this is the non-ketchup version of True
for you.