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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: True Version 2

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[MUSIC]
Well as I'm,
as I'm playing True, I, I can think of.
I mean, the way I play True is, is really
just set it up,
first of all, with a really nice the
gentle vibe going on.
But its, when I first wrote this I had it
mind that it would,
that it was a pop song.
It was really going to be for a pop singer
and
I had the idea of a, a little bit of
comping on a, on a piano.
You know the way Elton John accompanies
himself on piano a little bit of that
Billy Joel the way that they, they, they
play that.
Little voicings in the middle of the
piano.
[MUSIC]
This really sets the whole thing.
Sets the mood.
I'm setting the mood.
Rather than going straight into the, into
it.
[MUSIC]
That's beginning to tell the story.
It's like sitting down and saying to
somebody once upon a time
I was in a walking on in the woods or
something.
You know it, it has that kinda atmosphere.
It doesn't feel like.
You know, I was once upon a time,
I was, I was driving along at 120 miles
per hour in a car.
And, you know it, it's, it immediately
starting to tell a story.
That this is a
[MUSIC]
It's gonna be something that's very chill,
and laid back, and.
[MUSIC]
And this is the start of the story,
once upon a time.
[MUSIC]
Now we start telling the story.
[MUSIC]
Little phrases, as you would say.
You say a little phrase.
And then to set something up, to set the
story up.
And then, you would affirm that first
phrase.
[MUSIC]
So, that, that phrase that I'm using,
[MUSIC]
That's establishing something
straight away.
That is something that hooks, hooks
somebody onto the story.
When you tell, start telling a story,
if you say, once upon a time or I remember
once something happened to me.
And that brings someone in.
And then you start telling the story,
and you say, you start telling, setting
the scene.
And you start saying what it was.
[MUSIC]
Now,
we're starting to expand on the story.
Melodically and harmonically.
[MUSIC]
So we're moving away from that.
[MUSIC]
Deep, deep chord.
[MUSIC]
The same motif again.
[MUSIC]
Oh.
[MUSIC]
I'm
phrasing this in the same kinda way that a
good storyteller would tell a story.
They wouldn't just blurt everything out
and say, yeah,
I was walking down the road.
And then a guy came along and sorta a
storyteller will draw you in.
So, I was walking down the road, and just
looked around the corner,
the sun was shining.
And we kinda just went through the leaves
there, and then,
as I went round the corner.
[MUSIC]
We're around the corner now.
[MUSIC]
And we see something.
[MUSIC]
It stops you in your tracks.
[MUSIC]
So, I'll start telling the story again.
[MUSIC]
Cuz people need to be reminded sometimes.
And that's why, that's why I,
I always keep repeating myself all the
time when I'm telling people stories.
[MUSIC]
So, that in, in our mind is.
That's the story I'm coming up with.
But that's the, that is doing the same
kinda emotions if you tell a story.
Right, I've got to tell you this story.
It's about something.
And once upon a time I was walking along,
and I went through these woods.
And the, the sun was just coming through
the leaves.
And I went round the corner and something
happened.
So it's.
[MUSIC]
Teach the world.