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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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Video Exchange Archive
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[MUSIC]
Here's
a great old jazz standard that I think
you'll have a lot of fun playing this.
And I've come up with a little arrangement
for you, for you to try.
And I'll show you what, I'll just quickly
talk you through it here.
What I'm doing here is I'm gonna start off
by just setting up the tempo.
Because a lot of the time when I'm playing
this, I'm not gonna be playing time,
I'm just gonna be suggesting the time.
So we need to set up the tempo, the feel
really for, so
we have this undercurrent of the, the
time.
[SOUND] It's this kinda tempo.
A one, two, that kinda tempo.
Up, two, that kinda tempo.
So we've got a
[MUSIC]
This is how it starts.
We've got a bit of a leap here.
[MUSIC]
Now here's a nice little thing.
Here we go, I'll do this very slowly for
you.
[MUSIC]
That's
that's a little tricky under the fingers,
but I, I know you can do it, this.
[MUSIC]
Think of that shape.
[MUSIC]
There's our tenths.
[MUSIC]
We know those.
[MUSIC]
Then the middle part.
[MUSIC]
You can just lock into that shape here.
[MUSIC]
It has a nice tension to it.
[MUSIC]
A pedal A.
[MUSIC]
A tenths again.
[MUSIC]
There.
[MUSIC]
When I'm playing it,
I'm playing it at this kinda tempo.
[MUSIC]
I've slowed it down a little bit for you.
I'll slow it down slightly.
But normally, I would play it around about
this tempo.
[MUSIC]
But I'll play it a little bit slower.
It's one of these things, sometimes you
get, you get something to play,
and it's actually a little bit easier to
play it [LAUGH] faster than slower.
So have, have a try at that, try different
tempos.
But they're they the main in, ingredients
of it.
It's really very fun, you'll, there's just
a few sections to remember.
I've put a, I'll put a little improvised
section in for about 16 bars.
That'll be fun using mostly pedals.
I use this, this kinda thing.
And then I'll, I'll tenths there.
So try that, mess around with that, come
up with some ideas.
And if you start feeling confident about
this you get that under your fingers and
you wanna send in a video.
I would, I would love to see that and love
to respond.
[MUSIC]
>> Teach the world.