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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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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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Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons: My Funny Valentine - Bossa Feel Part 1

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Well first of all My Funny Valentine very,
very important is I want to show you a
little bit about the Bossa Nova Feel.
How to play that, the guitar is just the
integral part to this, this, this music.
And so let's just first of all you've,
you've got the the PDF of of, of what
we're doing here.
I just want to show you the, the
There's two parts the, the introduction
that, that I, that I play.
The basic Bossa Nova Feel and I added a
couple of notes at the top.
And then, I'll also show you the the
ending, the coda that we play there.
Which again, with the right hand it's just
all the same feel.
But just, just, just show you these.
Because what I want you to do is, if you
can set your metronome or click,
click track to around about 120, 125,
probably no more than that,
to get that nice, it's, it's gotta be
really kind of laid back feel to it.
You don't wanna start playing it too, too
So sometimes I play the,
the performance version I did there of of
My Funny Valentine,
I played it probably a little bit slower
than I would normally play it.
But I wanted to do that just so that, you
you would really get the feel of what I
was doing.
But probably in a live situation, the
excitement and
everything of being onstage, I tend to
play it a little bit faster.
One of the things about playing this kind
of thing, and
playing at that kind of tempo, it's a
little bit like riding a bicycle slow.
It's, it's a lot harder to ride a bicycle
slow than it is to ride one fast.
So, there is a tendency to, to speed up
sometimes you're not careful.
Just try and, try and hold that tempo
back, it's, it's not, it's not easy.
I mean, when I played that version there I
was kind of probably
hovering a little bit myself on that and,
and trying to hold the tempo back.
But let's, let's first of all, just play
the intro, let's get this feel.
One that's round about here.
One two one, two, three, four.
That's the feel we have for
the bossa nova.
We've got the bass in here.
Now if I was playing this with a bass
I'm gonna drop the base out, and
I'll just play.
And kind of suggest the,
the bass slightly.
Stay on the bass players wave, I'm not
playing that bass too much.
But this, the most important thing is
having a.
Now there was a second part of this intro
where I just added two notes on the top.
But if you,
if you play it slightly louder, then the
chord will pop.
It can be very effective.
That's our basic Bossa Nova Feel.
When, with the, with the coder I've, I've
played this.
Again you'll, you can have a look at the
the PDF files on, on this code as well.
So it's the same, same rhythmic feel but.
D down to a C.
Now if I was, if I was accompanying
somebody, if I was accompanying somebody
playing the melody on the top.
And I, I, obviously with, with that solo
piece I did.
I played the melody.
But if I was just playing with somebody
and they were playing the melody.
And it was just me and one person's
melody, maybe a singer.
Then I would, would leave that melody out.
And this is what I would play.
One, two, three, four.