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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.
Guided Arrangements
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Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons: Incorporating Single String Playing

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like to move on to talking a little bit
about single string playing and
how we can incorporate that within the the
solo playing context.
I've spoken at great length with you, and
demonstrated a lot about
constructing intervals and and
all the different mechanisms, mechanisms
we can use in harmonizing chords.
Well there's time, times when, when we're
playing a solo,
we wanna put a little single string
playing in.
We wanna put a little fill.
As I, I mentioned before it's very good to
Once you start getting the confidence of
playing solo,
to feel the confidence that you can
actually pause a little.
And sometimes you know a little pause is,
pause is you can put in a little single
string fill in there.
Now if I'm playing finger style,
I would tend to play single string lines
with these two fingers here.
And when I get down to the lower strings
then I would probably swap over to, first
finger, and thumb.
And sometimes,
when I get down to the bottom, that's when
my, my, upstroke thumb comes in.
Now, another thing to, to do here.
If you don't want to articulate every
when you're playing some single length,
single string lines.
If you don't want to articulate every note
you don't have to.
That's where some of the left hand
technique comes in of hammers,
hammers and pulls.
And slides.
You play a little bit more legato.
I then combine that with some of the
chordal things that I'm doing.
See I'm doing little turnarounds there,
little two-fivers.
Those turnarounds we've been doing,
I'll, I'll just put a few little single
line fills in there.
So we can combine the two, these kind of
comping chords, these middle chords.
And two five one,.
With a little bit a walking baseline.
Do something more rhythmic with the.
I'll slow this down a little.
Walking bass line with a bit of comping.
Let's put a little bit of
single line in here.
When you are playing these, these single
lines in.
These kind of fills,
just think of, just use the notes that
kind of, the,
the natural extensions of the chord or the
And what would be good, if, if you could,
work, work on this and start putting some,
some single line fills, fills in.
Try it with some of the things that we've,
we've been playing earlier.
Elaborate on some of the other things that
we've been doing by putting a few single
string fills in here and there.
When you first do it, it may not sound too
You may not, you may not feel too
comfortable about it.
But don't worry, don't worry, it it will
It, it will all, it'll all start to fall
into place after a while.
But very importantly, don't try to be too
busy, don't try to be too over elaborate.
Just put, even if it's just a couple of
That, that kind of thing there, and
using the, some of the things we've
already been playing,
start incorporating this into your
And if you'd like to send me a video, I'd
really like to see, see some of this.
Just keep a short video of some ideas that
you've come up with, and I'll be very
happy to, to give a video response.
Teach the world.