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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: Improvisation Part 2: Listening

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[MUSIC]
Now the elements that we use,
whether we play single string or if we put
some other chordal things in there
depends in our improvisation, depends on
the context we're in.
Now, if we're working with a group and
we're working with another harmonic
instrument either piano or
another guitar then we're gonna lean more
towards playing single string
lines because we don't want to to clash
with the other harmonic instrument.
And of course, if we have a double bass
there we wanna stay out of the double
basses territory, not just in terms of
playing bass lines but
also sonically out of the bass player's,
bass player's range.
You don't really want to play a lot of
things around about here.
[MUSIC]
Cuz the bass is gonna, the bass
is gonna be around here and if you play
that it's, it's gonna sound very muddy.
The bass player won't like you for it too
much because it kind of
it really interferes sonically with this
in terms of sound vibrations
with what the bass player is playing, it
just, just doesn't sound good.
So you wanna find something, gotta find
the, the, the range that, that suits that.
There's times when if you play with
another another instrument,
[COUGH] another harmonic instrument where
you can put other chordal things,
but this is, you know, if it's a musician
that your,
you've worked with on a regularly and you
know when that other musician will know
when maybe to drop out if you need say
well actually I'm gonna.
When it comes to this I'm gonna start
bringing in some chordal things and.
[MUSIC]
But that's not going to work if the piano
player is already playing this kind of
thing behind you.
[MUSIC]
And if you start playing that as well.
[MUSIC]
It's gonna be a,
it's gonna be a train wreck.
You know, it's gonna be just all stuff
going on or stepping on each other's toes.
So that is, is down to really listening.
Again, so much, so much of playing music
has got to do with actually listening,
listening what's going on to each other.
So.
That, there just some kind of rough rules
if you're playing with another
harmonic instrument that's doing this kind
of doing some kind of backing there.
Go more in the direction of playing single
lines rather than going getting into
chordal things and unless you know that
other musician really well and you got
some kind of agreement going on between
you over who's going to drop out, or you
have a little arrangement maybe when you,
you both play chordal things together.
But you probably need to have some kind of
arrangement working there,
and stay out of the bass player's
territory.
Stay out of that kind of range here
there's gonna be all kind of sonic things
going on that are gonna just not sound
good.
It's gonna sound very, very muggy.
So that, that's just some very good rules
to go by.
[MUSIC]
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