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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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Video Exchange Archive
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Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons: Over the Rainbow

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[MUSIC]
If
you go into the Learn by Playing Tunes
section,
you'll see that I came up with an
arrangement of Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
And that was transcribed, and
a lot of students here have submitted
videos playing that transcription.
And I've tried, at times, to say when
I've, when I've filed video responses
to get the students to just change it
slightly from, from the arrangement.
But usually the video submissions have
been played fairly note for note.
Now the difference here in this section
guided arrangements is that
I'm only giving you very basic
information.
And then through video exchange we work
together and I guide and help you
and walk you through an arrangement but,
but basically, you're coming up with
the ideas yourself, based on some of the
information that, that I'm giving to you.
So first of all, it's really just a
skeleton arrangement.
This is only giving you an idea of the
melody and the, the harmony.
This is transcribed and also, we have
these cameras here.
We even have an overhead camera in slow
motion as well.
So giving you a, a lot of information, but
I'm giving you that information and
handing it over to you for you to create
an arrangement.
And as you come up with ideas, I'll help
you.
I'll give you some ideas as well.
So.
Here's here's
the very basic skeleton
arrangement.
[MUSIC]
Okay, basic skeleton arrangement there.
Now that we've got the skeleton
arrangement and the transcription, and
the camera's here, the, the overhead
camera and the, the slow motion.
A lot of information here for you.
Here's something.
We wanna start moving away.
That's only really our, our guideline,
that's our template,
that skeleton arrangement.
We wanna start making it really musical
now.
So we can start doing some different
things.
So here we go.
[MUSIC]
Now we can start to re-harmonize.
Instead of playing.
[MUSIC]
We
can bring in that good old flatten fifth.
[MUSIC]
Flat five flat nine 13, where are we?
There's a flat five.
[MUSIC]
Block chords.
[MUSIC]
A D seven, but
what we can do when we have a seventh
chord like that.
[MUSIC]
To make it really jazzy,
don't play the root note.
Use the flat five as your root note.
[MUSIC]
It's that chord.
[MUSIC]
So you've got.
That's it there as well.
[MUSIC]
A little bit of movement.
[MUSIC]
Once
you've established the melody maybe the
first time round,
then you can, you can start messing around
with the mel,
melody a little and move away a little bit
of melodic imp,
improvisation on, on the top line.
[MUSIC]
Then we come to the middle here.
[MUSIC]
What we do to make that more interesting?
We're, we're doing a pedal A.
It's a D chord with a pedal A.
[MUSIC]
So we can bring that.
[MUSIC]
Instead of playing the D here.
[MUSIC]
Play, play it go up to an E, and
that's that, that sort of, that ninth in
the middle.
[MUSIC]
Here we go.
[MUSIC]
We
can even get some movement in with that
and do this.
[MUSIC]
Little bit of a stretch,
I'm struggling a little bit with this
stretch.
[MUSIC]
But
if you practice that, that's a really nice
thing.
You'll find that something like this you
can do
variations of this on other, on other
tunes as well.
This is adding to your vocabulary.
[MUSIC]
So, remember what I said about playing a
seventh chord?
That's a B seventh, the flat five.
So.
[MUSIC]
[INAUDIBLE]
[MUSIC]
Flat fives.
[MUSIC]
A seventh.
[MUSIC]
So, as you can see,
I'm, I'm giving you some little some ideas
that you can, you can put in there,
getting some movement happening, some
embellishments, some reharmonization.
And I'm not gonna show you any more from
here [LAUGH] because this
is where the interaction starts happening.
You've got the basic arrangement.
And I've given you a few little ideas
here.
I'm not gonna give away any more at this
point.
What I want you to do is submit a video of
just the skeleton arrangement or
any embellishments that you, you play on
that.
Any questions you have on this, as well,
just please feel free to ask me.
If you, if you've got some ideas but
you're not sure where they, where they'll
work within the arrangement or
you're not quite sure where to take them,
then that's what I'm here for.
I'm here to help you and guide you through
a, a, an arrangement.
That's the whole idea of this section,
guided arrangements, is that you come up
with the arrangement.
So I look forward to a video.
And we're going to start working together
on this tune.
And you're going to come up with the
arrangement.
Just and all I'm going to do is guide you.
And help you, but at the end of it, it
will be your arrangement and not mine.
So, I look forward to your video.
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