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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.
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Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons: A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square

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Here's a tune from 1939.
If you want to really listen to some great
versions of this, so you can get the,
really get the melody, and the, the
phrasing right.
And if you want to learn the lyrics too.
Which I really do often help in
interpreting a melody and
playing a melody instrumentally.
You can listen to Nat King Cole's version
of this and
also Tony Bennett has a great version of
It's called A Nightingale Sang In Barkley
It's an old tune, great old tune.
So first of all, I, I'll just run it
through for you so
we get our geography where we are and
where we're gonna take this.
So I'm actually gonna play it in the
written key.
You know, I often encourage you to, to
play it in more guitar friendly keys.
Or, and actually experiment with keys.
But I'm gonna play it in E-flat, which is
the key it's always played in.
Not considered much of a a guitar player's
But, we can learn it this way, but,
[COUGH] when you come to submit a video,
you, you can play in any key you want.
And we, we can work with it in, in any
key, whatever you,
you find the best for you.
But, at the moment, I'm gonna play in the
written key of E-flat.
Yes, E-flat, so very often it's play,
played as a, a ballad.
That's the, the A part of, of, of the
So it's often played like that, it's sorta
played as a ballad,
sometimes can be played as a kinda a slow
So that, that was that part of the melody.
And in the middle, it goes into G.
So that's it.
Let's go, step one, let's just play that
Here we go, two, three, four.
And there's a turn around.
And we do the leg ins.
And then we have a turnaround going to G.
This is the melody in G.
The middle section.
Back to the A section again.
Let's now take it to step two.
And we're going to play the chords.
So I'll talk you through the chords.
One by E-flat major seven.
Second bar, split bar, B-flat minus
E-flat seventh.
This is another split bar.
A-flat major seventh.
G-seventh split bar, C-minor seventh,
G-flat nine split bar, another split bar,
E E-flat major seventh.
Here we can either play it an F-minor or.
Or an A-flat seventh.
This is the part.
So we need to play.
The next bar is E-flat major seventh.
E-flat major seventh.
F-minor seventh B-flat seventh.
G C seventh.
F-minor seventh, and then we do it again.
So, it's an E-flat major seventh.
Second bar B-flat minor seventh, E-flat
Third bar.
A-flat major seventh.
G seventh, C-minor, D-flat nine.
Another split bar.
Now the D-flat minor seventh.
[SOUND] G-minor.
[SOUND] C-minor seventh.
[SOUND] F-minor seventh.
[SOUND] B-flat seventh.
[SOUND] To E-flat.
And then, the, the middle section goes
into G.
[SOUND] So it's go in to G.
We do a kind of a two, five.
Which is an A-minor seventh, D seventh,
and we're into G.
G-major seventh, E-minor seventh,
A-minor seventh to G, D seventh.
B-minor seventh.
We can do a, yeah,
we can do that B-flat seventh or, or
[INAUDIBLE] type chord.
A-minor seventh.
D seventh.
G-major seventh.
E-minor seventh.
A-minor seventh.
D seventh.
That's G-minor seventh to C-minor seventh.
F-minor seventh, D-flat seventh, and
we can go back to the A section again.
B-flat major seventh,
B-minor seventh, E-flat seventh.
A-flat major seventh.
G seventh.
C-minor seventh.
Then we can play a D-flat ninth.
E-flat se, E-flat major seventh.
F-minor seventh,
B-flat minor seventh, E-flat seventh.
That's a minor.
A-flat minor to D-flat seventh.
E-minor, C-minor seventh,
F-minor seventh, B-flat seventh, and