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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: Summertime

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[MUSIC]
I've
been thinking about a number of tunes, a
number of songs that are,
are kind of in the jazz repertoire that
most people are familiar with.
So I thought I'd, I'd come up with
something on Summertime,
which everybody knows.
Cuz it goes back to Porgy and Bess.
As a lot of a jazz tunes actually have
their origins in in musicals in and
in movies.
They were really just adopted by by by
jazz musicians.
But I thought this would be quite fun.
What I'm going to do I'm not doing if I
play this live which I don't
do very often.
But if I do, then I, I kinda extend it and
there's all kinds of things that I do.
The one I want to do here, is do a very
simplified version for
you to then have fun with it and embellish
with it.
And I'm gonna incorporate a few things
here that
when we actually come to the section after
playing the tune.
I'm not going to ask you to come up with
variations or
improvisations on the chord sequence, but
we've just going to a vamp.
And I'm gonna start out with a, a kinda a
call and response.
[MUSIC]
You know,
this kinda thing goes back to sorta part
of the New Orleans tradition.
And probably, probably had its roots in
the Church, I think, so.
This is this call and response where you,
you set up with, this could be,
sometimes this is done with, with, with
two instruments.
But we can actually do this with
ourselves.
So we have this
[MUSIC]
And what's nice about this too,
it's our old friend.
Any of you that have started out, and, or
come from a a blues and
rock background of.
[MUSIC]
All know the minor pentatonic,
also usually known as the, the Blues
scale.
So that's all we're gonna do in that, is
we're just gonna improvise and, and
come up with some ideas, call and response
on, on the Blues scale.
So again, I'm going to play the melody
kinda simplified version.
Again, you can kinda embellish on that as
much as you want and
really have some with this.
I'm also going to do some kinda left hand
pull-offs.
I'll try and put some of these things in.
Hammer-ons and pull-offs.
[MUSIC]
And also, I'm gonna,
I'll find some octaves.
[MUSIC]
Can be very effective too.
[MUSIC]
So
there's tap notation for you for this
tune, to help you out.
But what I would like to do is to say to
you.
This could be a time an opportunity for
you to kinda break yourself of that habit
of dependence.
On, on, having the music written down.
And just try and, try and learn this by
ear.
But the, the tab and notation are gonna be
there for you.
And you may even wonder as well, there's a
very strong tradition within,
within jazz of actually transcribing,
transcribing the music yourself.
So, you may want to listen.
If you don't want to, actually learn it,
just by listening and
then playing along to it.
Then listen to it and really transcribe it
yourself, kinda, work that out.
That, that can be, that's another very
good way of developing your ear and
at the end of it you've got your, your
transcription written out.
So you can try that too.
[MUSIC]