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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 - Melody and Root

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now we're gonna start stripping everything
down to its basic components.
You know, in the, in the lessons that we
do, right at the very beginning, where we,
I teach you intervals, of playing tenths
and sevenths.
And many of you that have sent in video
exchanges know that I,
I talk about how this is stripping
everything right down.
So, that we try and break away from all
those chord shapes,
that kinda can help us at the very
beginning of playing a guitar.
But then, after a while can kinda box us
And so, we want to strip it right down and
then come back to playing those, those,
those shapes.
But when we come back to playing them
we have a better understanding of why
those shapes, what make those chords.
And, and those, those intervals rather
than thinking about it's where your
fingers go we start thinking about what
the notes are.
Which is really important.
So now that you've got the melody.
And you've got the chords.
I want you to do this.
I want you only to play the melody and the
root note.
The, the bass note.
So that's the note which names the chord
at, at the bottom.
So we have E.
I'm not playing the whole chord, I'm only
playing the root note.
That, that note right at the very bottom.
So, now this, this may take you a little
to kinda formulate because you will have
to think a little bit more.
You'll have to think about two things at
once here.
But after a while you'll, you'll, it will
start fall, fall in together for you.
Just play it very, very slowly.
So let's play.
And as I said again.
Don't worry too much about the fingering.
Just, just do think of the, use the
fingering that, that seems to fit for you.
You know, I play it different.
I never play it the same.
I don't always play it the same way.
So just think about the notes.
Think about how the melody goes.
And what we are doing on the first beat of
each bar we are going to play that
root note.
So we get, we got a little
a couple of notes here to to bring us in.
Second A.
Now we go to the B section.
Back to A again.