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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 4: Flow Of Ideas

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[MUSIC]
Previously,
I've shown you ways of playing around
chord sequences.
And, very, very simply
[MUSIC].
Simplifying the whole idea of the playing
on scales or modes.
[MUSIC]
If that,
if they are the systems you use then
[MUSIC]
what very often happens now.
And, this is really the, the whole essence
of, of my, my system, my method.
Is for you to create for yourself a flow
of ideas.
Now, very often when we're playing, we, we
have an idea, we got ideas, we kind of
know what we want to play, but some how it
just doesn't come out here at all.
This is why I think it's really important
for
you always to practice in your mind, think
of lines.
It's almost as if I'm teaching you two
things running in parallel.
How to play the guitar is, is one thing.
How to play the guitar is this one thing
here.
And, the other thing is how to make music,
and putting the two things together.
And, it's surprising how often those two
things don't meet.
We know, we know what we want to make
music, and we know how to play the guitar,
but somehow we can't put the two together.
And, the way I've always found that works
very,
very effectively here is to, we need to
build a bridge.
And, the way to build a bridge.
As if we have, we gather the knowledge
that we need for this.
From that, we create ideas without the
guitar.
Don't even think about playing the guitar
at this point.
Create ideas in your mind,
and then the bridge is you vocalize,
vocalize those ideas.
So, phrases you can think of.
[SOUND]
[MUSIC],
vocalize it, and then play it.
[MUSIC]
So, I'm all my musical ideas are coming
from here.
It's not coming from here, it's not coming
from the guitar.
Those musical ideas are coming from me,
but through vocalizing it.
That's a way of kinda building a bridge so
that you can play that.
This is something I really suggest you do
as, as, as much as possible.
When you've got your guitar, you just,
just sit here,
think of, think of a phrase, then play it.
[MUSIC]
Just sit at home, sing something, then
play it.
And then, start putting the two together.
[MUSIC]
So, I'm, all my music ideas are coming
from me, but I'm building a bridge from my
musical ideas to the guitar.
And, the way I'm doing that is by
vocalizing it.
Then, once you've vocalized it, drop the
vocals.
Unless, you're a great singer, which
obviously I'm not.
Drop the vocals.
And then, just
[MUSIC].
What I am doing there is these are musical
ideas.
These are the lines that I'm thinking in
my, have going on in my head.
And, I,
I manage to bridge from my musical ideas
to playing those on the guitars.
The guitar isn't playing these ideas this
music does not come out of this guitar,
out of this instrument.
They're not created in this instrument.
They, I'm making, I'm, I'm creating these
ideas.
And then, I'm, through
vocalizing my musical ideas, putting them
onto the guitar.
I'm creating a flow, a bridge, and then
I'm, I'm able to play, these ideas.
And, this is something you can develop,
and you can develop it very, very simply,
just by,singing a, a four or five note
phrase, then copying it on the guitar.
After a while, this is what I was saying,
right at the very beginning of
developing a relationship with the
instrument.
Eventually after, I don't want you even to
even think about playing the guitar.
I don't think, I don't want you to even,
when you're sitting and playing,
and then after you've played,
you think to yourself oh, I didn't, I
didn't even notice I was playing.
I want the guitar to disappear.
For me, that's what happens, when I'm in
that creative process of improvising.
And, all these musical ideas that I'm
creating, whether I'm playing solo, or
within a group, I'm not, the thinking
process, stops.
I'm not thinking about music at all.
What is happening is that my musical ideas
that I'm creating are flowing
in, into the guitar.
When that happens, you have this real flow
going on.
You know what it's like.
We all have it.
I have it as well.
Sometime, I have an idea and
it just doesn't make it onto the guitar
cuz of the flow has, has stopped somehow.
And usually, it's because I've started
thinking too much.
I've started thinking too much about the
technicality of playing.
That's why, we have to learn these things
in parallel.
We have to learn how to be a really good
guitar player.
How to know, to learn how the instrument
works.
How we can get all the musical ideas we
want onto this guitar.
And then, in parallel with that, we
develop our musicality, and
then we gotta get the two together.
And, when those two tram lines go
together, and
they're perfectly together, then that's
when you become a musician.
[MUSIC]
>> Teach the world.