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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.
Guided Arrangements
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Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons: The Fair Haired Child

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One of the most frequent questions I hear
from guitarists is they ask me, how do I
build up a solo?
How do I take a piece of music and and
turn that into a solo piece?
Well, there's, I'd like to show you what I
think is really is the,
the way I approach it.
And I think it's really a sure fire method
of doing this because
it works for me all the time.
It's really how I approach playing solo.
And the great thing about this is once,
once you learn how to do this and
once you start approaching playing music
in this way,
you can apply it to absolutely everything
you do.
You can then you can take any standard
You can take any tune that somebody's
You can take one of your own tunes, and
you, you can apply this method to it.
You can also you can write tunes using
this method as well.
In this particular case I've chosen one of
one of my own compositions called the fair
haired child.
I thought it'd be a nice one to do.
It's quite similar in a way in, in terms
of mood to true so
and I know that's very popular with, with
my students.
So I'm gonna play it for you.
I'm gonna play a version for you, and, and
there will be, there's tabs for this, so
you'll be able to see it exactly as I play
it solo.
But then there's also a PDF that will show
you a top line and chords, a lead sheet.
So you've got the melody and you've got
the, the basic chords for it.
And then from that, I'm gonna break it
down to its tiny components and
this is how I approach playing solo
And once you've learned how to do this,
you can apply it to absolutely everything
that you play.