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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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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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Guided Arrangements
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30 Day Challenge
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Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons: Jazz Blues Part 2

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[MUSIC]
You know, a lot of these kind of blues is
when you're, you're working on that,
every guitar player's familiar with the,
minor pentatonic blues scale.
When you have the minor pentatonic blues
scale, against,
played against the major, so you've got
the major third and the minor third give,
that's what gives it that great tension.
This is,.
This is the absolute essence of, of,
of playing the blues, is that clash almost
of the, the major and minor.
It shouldn't work in theory.
This is something that if you look at the
history of European classical music, they
would have said a minor third and major
third that just doesn't, doesn't work.
And this is the whole essence of what,
what gives blues that feel is playing in a
major.
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But playing a minor scale over it.
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But
that's a major scale,
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a major chord.
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As opposed to
playing it, if you play the minor chord.
That has that kind of feel, but when
you've got the major.
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So,.
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I
don't really need to tell you too much
about blues scales, blues licks,
cause you know you've heard them all a
million, million times.
But put some of those things in.
That's the thing that really gives it the,
the essence of the, of the blues.
And
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That real
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That emotive feeling.
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And it,
it's really, this is one of the great
things about playing the, the blues and
the jazz contexts is that you do have this
kind of sophistication of, of harmony.
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It's
almost like the meeting of two worlds,
there.
The best of two worlds.
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And if you wanna hear some really great.
Simplistic blues licks.
You listen to the master, you listen to
B.B. King.
There's nothing better.
Just plays two notes, that's fantastic.
So play, think of that, think of B.B.
King, B.B. King meets Joe Pass.
[LAUGH] Get some of that in, in your mind
and that's what we're trying to achieve.
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