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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: Fly Me to the Moon

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like to work with you now on a tune called
Fly Me to the Moon.
And I'm gonna start off again with, as I
do with all, all of this section,
in this guided arrangement section.
By just playing a very simple skeleton
That is our template.
That is our starting point and from here
we move on.
So here's out skeleton arrangement, Fly me
to the moon.
I can now start embellishing that and
playing with a bit of feeling.
Put a little bit of time in there, and we
start getting this.
Now some of the ideas that I came up with
at that, the, the end part that's
probably for some of the more advanced
students to start working on.
Those kinda those kinda movements, and
that kind, that kinda time.
But I'm just giving you an example.
These are things not necessarily to be
copied, but just to give you some ideas.
Because at this point,
you've got the skeleton arrangement, which
we can use as a template.
And I now want to really ask you to,
if you want to move on from here so that
we can start working together.
Cuz this is what's gonna happen.
All I'm gonna do is I'm gonna guide you
through coming up with your own
I'm gonna help you do that.
So if you submit a video, playing this
And it can be the,
the simplest skeleton arrangement as I
played at the very beginning.
If you want to start from that point but
if you get a little bit further down
the line you're already starting to add
some of your own little bits yourself.
That's good too.
We can start working w, wi, with that and
I can start guiding you and helping you.
So that you can come up something that's
something that's actually personal to you.
This is not a copied arrangement.
This is not a something that you've
learned parrot fashion.
And as you start doing this, you'll start
to realize how all these things work.
And how a lot of the things that you learn
in one arrangement can then,
can then be transferred, transposed into
another arrangement.
So you can use some of those very same
ideas again in some of the arrangements
that you do.
So this is really organic.
It means that rather than just being
something you learned as a party piece in
parrot fashion.
This is something that's living and
breathing and
as you come up with one arrangement you
can keep changing it.
You can come up with many even as you play
an arrangement some of the new ideas you
come up with.
You will sometimes find that you,
you think of another little idea as you're
playing it and you've changed it again.
This is not like classical music where we
have to play everything exactly the same
every time.
With this kinda music, it's to do with
that kinda creativity of
improvised, the kinda improvised spirit.
That you don't have to play, you're not
stuck with playing the,
exactly the same every time.
But you're coming up with new ideas and
keeping everything really fresh.
So, if you want to work on this, please
submit a video and
we can get working together.
And I will guide you into coming up with
your own arrangement or arrangements.