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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!
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."
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."
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.
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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Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons: Georgia on My Mind

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going to play a tune now that you're all
familiar with I'm sure.
It's a Hoagy Carmichael tune called
Georgia on my Mind.
And it it's, Hoagy Carmichael wrote so
many great songs and his music is
And this is a great example.
Georgia on my Mind is a great example of
Because, all through the years from when
it was first written.
I'm not sure, I think it was written in
the, in the 30s.
So many people have interpreted this.
And probably the, one of the, the greatest
versions, or
the many great versions by Ray Charles.
And it's still being recorded today.
So what this does is, what we can do here
is really,
we're going to bring in elements of the
blues, into this.
So I'm going to bring.
It, some of the expressive techniques that
we've been using.
You know, bending notes.
You know, which we're,
which we're more familiar with in, in the
guitar, the rock guitar world.
That kinda feel.
That's the kinda thing that
we want to superimpose on top of the, the
kinda jazzy feel.
Real nice and relaxed and.
Keeping the melody clear.
Let that melody really sing out.
Think of Ray Charles.
That's the kinda feel we wanna get going
That's just a few ideas for
you in terms of the, the, the feel.
You know, just the, just feel free cuz
this isn't note for note.
I just want you to, to watch what I play
and, and, and, you know, get the,
the feeling of of what I'm doing.
Again, you'll also see our great friend,
the tenths will appear when we get into
the middle.
You know, that mid,
that part in the middle.
With our little line in the middle.
I'll just play it with the tenths.
So, you know that sound.
And we can put little lines in the middle.
we're getting really into the practical
stuff of all the things that we've been
working on.
This is where it all comes in.
This is where you draw upon the, the
knowledge that you've been gathering.
And again, this isn't written out so I
want you to use your ears and your eyes.
We've got the overhead camera.
We're going to slow everything down as
well so
you can see everything, everything that's
going on.
So, you know, bring in some of these
expressive techniques.
Have that kinda, put a little blues
element in,
in there, on kinda super imposed that on
the, the jazz side of things.
And just really mess around with this,
don't play note for note.
Just come up with some of your own ideas.
And if you'd like to do a video and of
yourself playing this.
And you know I'd love to see it and send
in and I'll do a response.
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