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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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[MUSIC]
This
song actually has a, a great connection
with jazz guitar history.
In 19, I think it was in 1927 or 1920, 28,
Bing Crosby,
a very young Bing Crosby, made his first
movie called the Big Broadcast.
And Bing Crosby was, was singing with the
Paul Whiteman Orchestra,
who absolutely superstars in the 20s.
And the guitar player was Eddie Lang.
And for a long time Eddie Lang was Bing
Crosby's guitar player.
And in the movie, if you ever get to see
it, there's a,
there's a scene I think in a hotel room.
And Bing Crosby singing with Eddie Lang,
playing guitar.
So, if you ever get to see that, if you
ever manage to find it.
And this was Bing Crosby's first hit, it,
it's called Please.
And what I'm gonna try and do here is just
going to take things up just a,
just a notch here ah,in terms of tempo.
And just get that feel, that kinda rolling
feel.
Of let's think like a,
a piano player playing a little bit of
stride, very light stride going on.
So again, you know, as we've been talking
about, that's all based around tenths.
So I'm gonna be playing these tenths and
putting some melody on the top,
bringing that melody out.
I'm also gonna do a little thing at the
end.
Which is really important because when I
show you some of these things,
I play them, I just pick a key which for
whatever reason.
Sometimes because I want to use some open
strings.
Sometimes I just think it feels, feels
right in that key.
Or sometimes just because I, I find a key
that is good for
me to demonstrate the, the tune.
So I'm gonna play this in the key of C.
But right at the very end for
the last after the last bridge, I'm gonna
go into D-Flat to go up a semitone.
Which is a key that, guitar players
sometimes try to avoid.
But I'd like you to think about that.
When you play any of these.
If you, once you've, you've, you've kinda
learnt them, and
you feel really confident, and, push
yourself a little bit further.
Say right, now I'm gonna play it in
another key.
Try another key.
So, that's what I'm gonna do here, is I'm
gonna play Please in the key of C.
And right at the very end go up to D-flat.
So play around with this tune.
It's, it's a lot of fun if you get that
that rolling feeling of the the left
hand a little bit stride on the, on the
piano and bring out the melody.
Change the key a little experiment with it
and
put in some of your own little lines and
here and there if you can.
And, if you want to make a video, a short
video,
of you playing that please send it in, and
I'd love to give a response.
[MUSIC]
>> Teach the world.