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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]
I'm
gonna play a full on performance piece for
you now.
This is no holds barred as they say.
And it, I have a lot of fun playing this.
And it's something I play in concert
because I incorporate a lot of humor.
And this is really played kind of
tongue-in-cheek where I have I'm doing
all, all the parts at once, the, the, the
melody, the chords, the, the base.
And also kind of impersonating a,
a piano player playing a like a stride
piano with a left hand.
I've, I was inspired to play this because
listening to Art Tatum play
the great piano player, I, it always used,
it always made me laugh when I listened to
his playing, because it was just full of
humor.
And there was a it was whimsical at times.
But it was just this incredible virtuosic
piano playing.
So when I, when I started to play this I
really thought about Art Tatum and,
and that humorous way that, that he
played.
I put a few little in-jokes in here.
The tune's I Got Rhythm so when I start
off I start playing it out of rhythm,
it's kind of a.
[MUSIC]
Like a drunken man walking down,
[LAUGH] walking down the street.
And then I've got a whole baseline going
here.
[MUSIC]
Then the chords coming in.
[MUSIC]
See,
I can't play it when I'm playing it
slowly.
[LAUGH] That's not, it's actually gonna be
faster than that and
then the melody coming.
[MUSIC]
Anyway, I put all kinds of,
I've put everything including the kitchen
sink in this so just sit back.
Enjoy it.
Have a laugh.
This is I've Got Rhythm.
[MUSIC]
>> Teach the world.