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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
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Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons: Sweet Lorraine

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[MUSIC]
I'm
gonna play a really old, old tune now for
you.
This is called Sweet Lorraine.
And what I'm gonna do here is, I'm gonna
really play play the chords in time.
Really very defined.
[MUSIC]
But
then, I'm gonna superimpose the melody on
the top.
And this is a way you can really,
what I want you to do here is to really
get the melody singing out.
I'll play this and you'll real, really be
able to see how I mange to get the,
the melody to sing on top of the, the
chordal parts that I'm playing.
So it really has an effect of one guitar
accompanying, and
one guitar, playing the melody.
So, the melody is very clear.
And what I'll also do at one point, I'll,
I'll drop the melody.
And then, I'll just play the choral part,
and at that point,
once I've dropped the melody.
You'll really be able to hear the tenths
going on.
The scaffolding will be revealed as it
were because it is always there in one
form or another.
Just sometimes, because there's other
things going on the top,
you may not quite hear it.
So, I'll drop the melody at some point and
then you can really be able to hear these
[MUSIC]
These tenths playing underneath.
Now, I don't want you to think of this as
a note for note,
note for note arrangement, something that
you have to learn note for note.
I just want you to absorb some of the, the
elements and
the concepts that, that I, I'm using here.
And some of the, the ideas that I'm
incorporating here.
Rather than getting involved in, in
writing music out in,
in notation or tab form.
I really want you to use your ears.
Really train, train your ears,.
And, fortunately using our overhead camera
technology,
you're gonna be able to see everything I'm
doing.
The left hand and right hand.
And, also we're gonna be able to slow this
down for you, so
you're gonna be able to follow everything.
So use, use your ears and your eyes and
it's, it's, it's all there,
we don't have to get involved with writing
everything down.
So, this, this whole principle,
this, is a little bit like the piano, with
the left hand.
Or maybe even a rhythm guitar, playing,
playing this and
then putting the melody on top.
So, you can apply this principle then to
lots of other tunes if there's
any other tunes that you know that have a,
a similar kinda feel.
Or you want to even write a piece of music
that you that has this kinda feel to it,
you can apply all of these elements.
So if you'd like to have a try at playing
this tune, Sweet Lorraine, or
if you have something similar that you,
you'd like to play with.
Using this same kinda, same kinda feel,
something a kinda a.
[MUSIC]
Short simple piece of music that has this
kinda feel with put a little melody on the
top.
If you want to send that to me I would
really love to, to see it and
see what you are doing and hear what you
are playing.
And I will be happy to give a response.
[MUSIC]
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