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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: Advanced Expressive Techniques

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>> I'd
like to show you a few more expressive
techniques here.
I've already spoken about the left hand,
the right hand techniques that we can
use to bring more expression and emotion
and feel, feel in, into our playing.
This is getting into the real fine detail
of playing.
It's not just enough just to play
something, just to play the notes.
We have to really put emotion in, into
And we may feel that emotion, but
we also need to know, it's not enough just
to feel it and, and feel about it.
But you have to know how to do it, how,
how, how do you manage to pull that
emotion out of the instrument.
Because, as good as the guitar may be, it,
the mu,
the guitar doesn't play the music, you do.
The music comes from you.
It's the instrument that you use to, for,
for that purpose.
So I've shown you some right hand
techniques and
left hand techniques earlier.
I'm, at the very beginning,
I was showing you about those, the, the
way you hold the guitar, the way I,
the, the way I, I actually sit and hold
the guitar this way, and
there's different ways of, different
guitar holding positions.
I've settled on this because I like the
guitar to, to feel really, really close.
And to have this real kind of relationship
with the guitar.
Very close.
And the reason for
that is a lot of stuff goes on when I'm
playing that you don't notice.
You don't just as I, I showed you some
things with the right-hand
technique of the very finer right-hand
technique work which you don't really see.
There's other things that I do that you
don't really see,
to to bring out some expressive elements.
One of the things I do, and, just a little
word of caution about this,
cuz you really shouldn't overdo this
because you, you may damage the guitar.
But I, I play around with the, the neck a
little, so I move the neck.
So, I might play a cord and I, I may also,
I showed you the bratta with the single
[SOUND] When you play, how do you do the
bratta with a chord or
get some kind of, get away from that just
flat sound.
The way I do that is I bend the neck very
Please make note of that, very slightly.
You, you don't need to do very much of
So, I can pull the neck back.
Can you hear that, It goes a bit sharp,
when I pull the neck back.
I'll exaggerate it.
I'll pull it just a bit too far than I
Feel that's going sharp.
That's because I'm pulling the neck back
it's pulling the strings it's making the
strings go sharp.
If I push the other way I loosen the neck,
you can hear the goes very slightly flat.
So here's the pull, push.
Very slight, don't do anymore than that,
I don't want you to break the guitar,
causing any damage to it.
But it's very, very slight so I can then,
if I do a combination of push and
pull this is what will happen.
This is the note, this the, the chord on
it's own.
if I do a combination of push and pull,
very, very subtle.
I bring that in.
You don't overdo it.
You only want, you want just, almost as if
you don't even notice it, but
you, what is does, it makes it sing.
You can make a whole chord sing, rather
than just, a note sing.
You can make the whole chord.
Look at that.
I'm exaggerating a little.
I would, probably wouldn't do it as much
as that, but.
And what I'm doing,
there's two things going.
I'm pushing down with my right arm, my
elbow here.
And I'm pushing against my chest as well.
So I'm pressing against the chest, chest
and I'm squeezing the guitar,
with, the right hand, with the right arm.
And I'm pulling and pushing the neck
backwards and forwards.
Now if you see me play,
you might not even notice I do that.
This is kind of the hidden detail, of
And also, I'm having to support the guitar
with my legs.
As I'm doing that.
[SOUND] I can also do some movements with,
with the upper legs as well.
So, I'm not just playing with my fingers.
Everything's, I'm using my arms, my chest,
this arm pulling, pushing and pulling.
Now I'm using the tops of my legs, my
thighs here.
See, these, these are things that you
really wouldn't, you wouldn't notice that
I'm doing it probably.
Or you might think, when you see me on
you might think oh he's really getting
carried away there.
I'm gonna, I'm playing it, I'm actually
doing that for purpose.
I'm not just trying to look like I'm
completely absorbed by the music,
which I am of course.
But just, I'm actually, it's all a part of
playing the guitar.
I am actually, I'm moving the guitar about
and it will make the guitar sing.
See I
am exaggerating this for you but I am
doing that with the arm.
Pushing and pulling against the chest.
we can use this as another tool for
creating music that has,
isn't just like some kind of exercise.
We're actually creating meaningful music
that has feeling and
moods, emotions.
It's telling a story.
It helps us tell this story in music.
Going back to what we're doing before.
I'm using, I might wanna play very softly,
use the, the, the flesh of my thumb.
And then pick out a melody.
This is all part of the story telling.
Now there's another section where I go
into this in more detail.
The actual, the, the musical side of of
writing a tune and playing a tune.
And the what is essentially telling a
story through music.
So there, there's another section where I
play true.
That you might want to look at.
And you're in that, you'll, you'll see now
that I've shown you this.
You'll see me using a lot of these
So these are more progressive
expressive techniques, for you to use.
And, what I'd really like you to do, is,
if you wish, send a video, of any of the,
the tunes you've played before, using,
incorporating these techniques as well.
Cuz it would be really interesting for me,
to see the change in,
in what, what you're playing.
You will notice it, you will suddenly
notice it.
Whenever I teach guitarists these little
expressive techniques
they're almost like hidden techniques you
don't see them, the listener.
Well even if, there's in front of you.
They can't actually see you doing these
But these are the very fine, fine detail
of playing.
And, you, you will, people will think you
know, you're playing the same, but
they'll notice there's some, there's a, a,
more of a depth to what you're playing,
there's a more of a depth to your music.
So send me a video if you wish
incorporating some of these
techniques into things you played in the
past and
I will be very very happy to give a video
>> Teach the world.