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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: Using A Pick

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Although I'm essentially a,
a fingerstyle guitar player I do play with
a pick as well.
And I'll just, just talk very briefly
about this for
you cuz it might be of interest to you.
I use about these three different types of
picks that I, that I use.
Now, I found a great pick that, this works
really well for
me because when I'm going from playing
fingerstyle to playing with a pick,
if the pick is too, too thick or, or too
it doesn't blend with the sound, sound of
my, my nails and, and, and fingers.
So what I've, what I suggest you do is to
try different picks.
Play, play with your nails or with, with
your fingers, and
then find a pick that sounds the nearest
to that.
And for me this is the one I would, I
would use.
This is a Jim Dunlop 1.5 millimeter Gator
Grip pick.
And for me, that sounds the nearest thing
to when I'm playing with,
with my fingers, and so I, that's the pick
that I use the most.
I can also play the fastest with this
pick, for some reason.
I don't know, I don't know why.
So when I'm playing with a really fast
guitar player like Andreas Oberg,
then that's the only way I can keep up
with him [LAUGH] is to use that.
I also, there's something that's peculiar
to the way I play with a pick, too.
I know some other gui, guitar players that
do this,
too, is I don't play with the point.
I play with the rounded part there, and I
also play at a slight angle.
And, that's really to do with tone.
I like the sound [SOUND] of, of the pick
from the, the more rounded end.
So going from, from that pick, which is,
if I'm going,
if I'm playing in a hybrid st, style of
pick and fingerstyle,
that's the one I would use because that
sounds the most like my, my fingers.
If I want to play something with a nice
round kinda sound,
this is one that I've, a friend of mine
gave me recently.
It's a Pro Plec Andrea D'Andrea.
D'Andrea, that's it.
Again, same, same thickness as that.
So they don't have much resistance.
Well, they have no resistance, in fact.
They don't flop about at all, these.
It, they have, so it's very good for
playing, very accurate, accurate playing.
That's got a really nice round sound for
But the, the pick that I really love to
use, and, actually,
it's not a guitar pick.
It's actually a mandolin pick.
That's the David Grisman Dawg pick and
that's really for mandolin playing.
This one is a new one that David gave me.
It's got a little bit of a point on it.
And that's, as you can see, that is really
That's about, it's a lot thicker than that
one there.
And also, the other thing about this, it
may look clumsy cuz it's, it's big.
But when I'm playing
and I wanna palm the pick,
it's a lot easier for me to put into that,
into that finger than, say this one, which
is very small.
I'm more likely to drop that.
But this one here, if I need to, if I'm
playing mostly with a pick,
that's the one I would use cuz I like the
sound of that.
It's a big pick.
It takes a bit of getting used to.
Some people can't play with them.
They just end up going all over the place
with it.
But then I can palm that really easy and
go into here.
that's really that's my choice of picks.
But it might not be yours.
What I, what I suggest is you just try try
a lot and see what happens,
but that's really, this one's really
If you are gonna play mix your playing
between playing fingerstyle and
playing with a pick is finding a pick that
sounds like your fingers and
your nails as you're playing, when you're
playing fingerstyle.
That way, you're gonna get a really
smooth, tonally,
sonically, you're gonna get a really
smooth transition between
playing fingerstyle to playing with a
If I'm playing a line with the pick like
and I wanna swi,
go to playing fingerstyle, I can do this.
And it's in here.
You see that?
And I palmed it, or it's, it's right in
stuck in there, in the second finger.
And then
back to,
back to playing with a pick again.
There's that.
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