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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!
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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."
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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."
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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: Phrasing Applied to Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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So let's think of one of those
great singers Judy Garland.
I'll give you an example of the importance
of phrasing.
I'll play a, a song, a melody that you,
you'll know.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
[MUSIC]
That's the melody.
It's a nice melody, but I'm just playing
it really straight and flat.
[MUSIC]
Now see the difference when I start
playing this as if I was singing it.
We say the first note for instance just do
a little slide up.
[MUSIC]
A couple of slides there and
a bit of a bravado.
[MUSIC]
See the difference that makes.
[MUSIC]
It's like a vibrato little couple
of pull offs.
[MUSIC]
Slight slight a trill
[MUSIC]
I'll play it again
I'll do something a little different.
[MUSIC]
Some bends.
[MUSIC]
Embellishing a little more.
[MUSIC]
I'm phrasing that differently.
I'm embellishing a little.
I'm improvising a little.
But I'm still not losing the melody.
You still know that, that.
You know what that melody is.
[MUSIC]
One way for the listener to really latch
on to that too is that people generally
take notice of lyrics.
They know the lyrics even if they're not
musicians or
they're, wouldn't consider themselves to
be particularly musical.
They'll, they'll hear the lyrics,
very often a song will be become very
popular because the,
the lyrics are very, very meaningful and
they get to a lot of people.
So it's very important when you're,
when you're playing this kind of thing
maybe to think of the lyrics.
Particularly with a song like this cuz a
lot of people know these lyrics.
[MUSIC]
Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
If you played.
[MUSIC]
Somewhere Over the Rainbow,
then it's, it's gonna be kinda, kinda
strange.
[MUSIC]
It gets harder to put in some of these,
expressive techniques when we're playing
solo because we're also trying to hold
down chords and other notes.
See it doesn't, we don't have that kind of
freedom a lot of the time but
we can still do it.
[MUSIC]
Now we're starting to tell a story.
[MUSIC]
So we start to tell a story.
It becomes poetic.
The importance of phrasing.
[MUSIC]
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