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Introduction To The Martin Taylor Guitar Academy
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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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Learn By Playing Tunes
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Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons: Take Five

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[MUSIC]
There's very few jazz tunes that have
enjoyed really very big popular and
commercial success, and
this tune, Take Five is one of those rare
tunes that really
gripped people's imagination when it, when
it came out.
First of all, it was in five, four time.
It wasn't in four, four or three, four or
two, four.
It was five, four.
So it was, it was all, all very new.
And Dave Brubeck's group.
And it was written by the saxophone player
Paul Desmond.
And really to get started on this, I'm
going to play this for you.
I'm going to play a simplified version for
you.
Now when you get this up to full speed it
sounds very, very effective.
But it's actually not as complicated a, a,
as it sounds.
The most important thing for us to
establish, first of all,
is the feel because if you, if you haven't
played in five, four on, on a, it before.
Then you'll, you'll find it a little bit
strange at first.
But you just, get into that groove of
playing it, and you'll, you'll really,
you'll get into the swing of it.
It's quite a, quite different, but
it's actually it does kind of grow on you
af, after a while.
But this is the, this is the vamp for it,
anyway.
[MUSIC]
This is five, four.
[MUSIC]
Four, five.
Two, three, four, five, one, two.
I can't play and talk at the same time
[LAUGH].
But you get that, you get that feeling.
So really, just practice it to get that
under, under your skin.
[MUSIC]
Five beats in the bar.
[MUSIC]
So this is all very simple.
[MUSIC]
That's all we're playing.
[MUSIC]
I can, I can, I can vary it slightly.
[MUSIC]
But getting the feel is the first thing.
Now, when we play the melody.
What I'm going to do here is, this is
actually there's not a lot going on, but
when it, when it gets up to speed it seems
a little more complicated.
Probably the most difficult thing about
this is, you know,
getting the coordination to play this, but
I'm not playing a lot of notes so
I'll play it slowly for you.
[MUSIC]
That's it, and we can also do a little
embellishment.
[MUSIC]
We can do that too.
If you can do that.
[MUSIC]
You can just keep playing that over and
over again.
So you get the feel.
[MUSIC]
When you take that up to tempo.
[MUSIC]
If you wanna get it up to, to this speed,
but don't, don't push yourself to play,
play faster.
Don't try and play faster than you, you,
you can, but if you.
If it does go slightly faster, then it,
it, it becomes very effective.
[MUSIC]
Now you, you see how simple that was.
[MUSIC]
Now when I play that.
[MUSIC]
And
I put a bit of rhythmic thing in, into it.
[MUSIC]
It sounds like wow, that sounds quite
complicated but you can see it isn't.
[MUSIC]
Then we get to the middle part.
[MUSIC]
Uh-uh.
[MUSIC]
So it's.
[MUSIC]
Practice this,
just practice slow first of all.
See it's not complicated.
[MUSIC]
Our old friend the tense.
[MUSIC]
And we, we get back to the tune again.
Now, to extend this, what we can do, not
play on, on the,
you don't have to improvise on this.
[MUSIC]
Cuz in fact, in the original version,
they just play a vamp.
[MUSIC]
E-minor vamp.
[MUSIC]
Just keep that feel going.
[MUSIC]
So you can find little, little things to
put in there, just keep it very,
very simple, and keep that five, four vamp
going.
So, start very slowly and, and build it
up.
It's not as complicated as it sounds, but
you get it up to speed.
And it, it sounds, sounds really good.
Have some fun with that.
[MUSIC]