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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: Introduction to Guided Arrangements

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created a whole new series called Guided
Now, I think this is something that is
going to take
video exchanges on to a totally new level.
Doesn't matter what level you are actually
Whether you are, beginner, intermediate,
or an advanced player.
It's never, it's never too early to get
to start improvising, to start coming up
with your own ideas.
And I, I'm here to guide you, and help you
through that.
With this, what's going to happen is I
film very basic arrangements.
It's like, like a skeleton arrangement.
It's not even really quite an arrangement.
It's just to show you the melody, the
harmonic structure, the chord sequence.
How, how it's all put together.
And then I show you so much, there's gonna
be, this is all transcribed as well.
And once we get to that point where you've
got the melody, the chords,
you've got the transcription.
You can see me playing it on camera.
Then at that point then I kinda leave it
to you to,
to learn that very basic skeleton.
And then, if you can even start adding a
few things of your own,
then submit a video to me.
This is when we really, really start
working together.
And this is when we can really make the,
the most of video exchanges.
So, you can su, submit a video to me, and
I can listen to what you're doing,
see what you're doing, any ideas you have.
I can help you with those ideas.
I can help nurture those ideas that you
And I will guide you into coming up with
your own arrangement.
What I'm doing, I'm giving you a little
Little tiny nudge outside of your comfort
This is a good thing, this is a really
good thing to do.
But don't worry.
[LAUGH] No one's gonna get hurt [LAUGH]
when we're doing this.
I'm gonna be, be there with you the whole
time to help you.
But the thing is, the,
the end result of this is that you will
come up with a, your o, own arrangement.
Won't be my arrangement, it will be yours.
And I'm gonna guide you.
What with that.
I'm really looking forward to this.
This is gonna be very, very exciting so
I look forward to your video submissions.