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Introduction To The Martin Taylor Guitar Academy
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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
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Auxiliary Lessons
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30 Day Challenge
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Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons: Two For The Road

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[MUSIC]
One
of my favorite composers is Henry Mancini.
Henry Mancini's known principally for
writing music for
film and most people probably know him
from writing the Pink Panther theme.
That's probably one of his, his most
famous movies.
But he also wrote the theme for a movie
called Two for the Road.
And interestingly, this was of all the
things that he'd,
he'd written over the years, this was
actually was his favorite composition
that he'd, of, of his own, his own music.
And another connection here is that my old
boss,
Stephane Grappelli, he actually played the
theme on, on this movie
along with Jack Emblow who plays accordion
in my group, Spirit of Django.
So, I, I feel I have a kind of a loose
connection with this piece of music.
And I've also recorded it recently with
clarinetist,
Alan Barnes on a, a CD of the same name,
Two for the Road.
And, I thought this, we could do this,
this is something we can do that has a, a
kind of a light bossa nova feeling.
Now, what I was thinking about this is,
as far as the rhythmic side of everything
goes, of getting that bossa nova feeling.
[MUSIC]
This
is the kind of thing to get that together.
This is, we can probably work best with
this during our video exchanges.
So I won't go into any depth on that in,
in playing that bossa nova theme.
Because that's something we can work we
can work on together,
getting that bossa nova feel.
At the moment, I just want us to get the
basic map of,
of how this works, of the melody and, and
the chords.
I'll bring in the, the quarter thing
first.
I'll, I'll play you very, a kind of a
simplified version of,
of this just to give you an idea of the
feel and the tune.
So it goes let me see.
[MUSIC]
Then it goes, goes around again but that's
the feel.
It's kind of a light, light bossa nova.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
So,
let's start first of all with our first
step, the melody.
Here we go.
[MUSIC]
That's the melodies.
Step one.
Now let's play the chords.
Step two.
We start off with an f sharp.
Minor seventh and has a flat, flattened
five so it.
[MUSIC]
So when you go with a b.
We have some split bars here, but the
first bar is one.
Up to a 1, 2, 3, 4,
[MUSIC]
F sharp minor,
[MUSIC]
B seventh,
[MUSIC]
E minor,
[MUSIC]
E minor with a D bass,
[SOUND] C major seventh.
Then we have a B minor seventh.
A minor seventh,
[MUSIC]
D seventh
[MUSIC]
G major seventh,
F-sharp minor to B minor B seventh.
And then we have these split bars.
So we're coming up to bar nine.
[MUSIC]
E
minor
[MUSIC]
B seventh
[MUSIC] E minor
[MUSIC]
A seven
[MUSIC] D minor
[MUSIC]
A
seventh
[MUSIC]
D
minor
[MUSIC]
G seventh
[MUSIC] E minor
[MUSIC]
A
seventh
[MUSIC]
D
minor
[MUSIC]
G seventh [MUSIC] C
major seventh
[MUSIC]
B minor
[MUSIC] A minor [MUSIC]
and we got an A minor.
With a G bass.
[MUSIC]
And we get to the medley, melody here.
Back to the F sharp minor.
[MUSIC]
D B seventh.
[MUSIC]
E minor with the D, C major seventh.
[MUSIC]
B minor seventh.
[MUSIC]
A minor seventh.
[MUSIC]
D seventh.
G major seventh.
[MUSIC]
D minor
[MUSIC]
G seventh
[MUSIC]
A major
[MUSIC]
C major what am I saying?
C major seventh.
Ha ha, F seventh
[MUSIC]
We go, we got a flat five.
Then E minor
[MUSIC]
E minor with a D raised.
[MUSIC]
C sharp minor,
[MUSIC]
That's a c ninth with a flat five.
B minor
[MUSIC]
b flat seventh, a seventh
[MUSIC]
D to G
[MUSIC]
I'll go over that very quickly,
I'll play it in time.
But I won't speak this time, I'll just,
I'll just play it because there'll,
there'll be notation for this too.
Two one two.
[MUSIC]
This will give you
the idea of the feel as well.
[MUSIC]