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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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like to work on a guided arrangement with
you now of a tune that has a very,
very long history.
It's actually written by Charlie Chaplin
and, been recorded by many people.
It was it was Michael Jackson's favorite
And, everybody knows this, and it's a
beautiful simple song,
like one of the really good melodies are
very, very, simple.
So let's work on this together.
Let's get a little skeleton arrangement
On this, just as our template, this is how
we're gonna get started.
And I thought in, on the melody.
Something we can do that's quite effective
is play the melody in thirds, but put the
third, the third interval below.
So we have this.
this is, its like, instead of having the
third on the top,
we can put the third at the bottom.
We put it here.
this can be a very effective way of
playing a melody.
And just filling the melody up,
making it sound a lot bigger without doing
very much at all.
Just adding another note.
So anyway, let me do this little skeleton
arrangement for you.
This is where we're gonna start working,
and spreading it out from here.
Okay, now lets get a little movement and
some little embellishments.
So you can see how I just started adding
little lines just adding on to that very
simple skeleton arrangement.
These type of things, in there, and
we can also, we can also substitute other
chords as well.
So, now that you have this, this
let's, let's start with the interaction.
And for me to guide you with this..uh,
with your own a, arrangement.
So if you want to send me a video submit a
video, and I will it doesn't matter
if it's very simple, like the very first
one that, that I played there.
You don't have to put any embellishments
in yet,
because we can work on that together.
If you've already added a few things of
your own, as well,.
That's great.
We can then take it from, from there.
And so, this means, whatever your ability.
Whether you're fairly new, whether you're
very new to, to this, this way of playing,
or whether you've been playing for awhile.
We, I can work with you and guide you
through an array, an arrangement.
Wherever you happen to be in your playing
career at the, at the moment.
So don't worry about anything there.
And also don't forget that there's,
there's a this tune is transcribed,
so if that helps you then by all means use
And if you don't want to do that then you
can just do it by listening and all the,
the different camera shots.
And of course, you can use slow motion
To see exactly where the fingers are
Okay, so I look forward to your video