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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
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Guided Arrangements
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30 Day Challenge
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Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons: Some Day My Prince Will Come

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[MUSIC]
I thought
it would be a good idea for this guided
arrangement to look at a jazz waltz.
Before I kind of start on this if you're
not familiar with a jazz waltz,
first of all, a waltz is in three four
time.
Three beats in the bar.
So we have this kind of thing.
[MUSIC]
Oom-pah-pah, is the waltz.
[MUSIC]
What we do with the jazz
waltz is we phrase it slightly different
so it becomes.
[MUSIC]
So
that's the feel of a jazz waltz and a
straight waltz.
[MUSIC]
One, two, three.
[MUSIC]
Jazz waltz.
[MUSIC]
Now I
thought what we'd do here is, is look at a
tune called Someday My Prince Will Come.
And it's not a jazz tune, but it's,
it's a tune that many jazz musicians like
to play.
And certainly one of my,
my favorite versions of this was by the
great piano player Bill Evans.
So, check that out, you know, you can go
on to the internet and
find different versions of jazz musicians
playing this tune.
So, what I'll do first, I'll give you a
very,
very simple performance version of it
first just so you get the feel.
And you've got that, that feel under your
skin of how a jazz waltz goes.
[MUSIC]
Here's the melody.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Now,
let's start working our way through this,
through these seven steps.
So, remember the, the first step, we're
gonna play the melody.
So, this is how the melody goes.
And I'll give little, little counts.
So, I'll keep it loosely in time.
So it's 1, 2, 3, 2, 2, 3.
[MUSIC]
That's our melody.
Now, let me talk you through, the chord
sequence.
So, bar by bar so we've got a bar of each.
C major seventh.
[MUSIC]
E seventh.
A bar.
F major seventh.
A seventh.
D minor seventh.
A seventh.
D minor seventh.
G seventh.
E minor seventh.
Here, we can play.
[MUSIC]
We can play any flat seventh.
[MUSIC]
So, we have a descending to D minor.
[MUSIC]
G seventh.
Again.
[MUSIC]
E minor seventh.
[MUSIC]
E flat seventh.
D minor seventh.
G seventh.
Then we go back to the melody again.
[MUSIC]
C major seventh.
[MUSIC]
E seventh.
[MUSIC]
F major seventh.
[MUSIC]
A seventh.
[MUSIC]
D minor seventh.
[MUSIC]
A seventh, D minor seventh,
G seventh, G minor seventh.
[MUSIC]
C seventh.
[MUSIC]
F major seventh.
I could've played it down there, but I
chose to play it up here.
And then we do, have a split bar, of
course in a three four bar, we don' uht,
normally when I say a split bar, I say two
bars, at two beats, of each note.
But in this split bar, it's two beats of F
sharp minor seventh.
[MUSIC]
One beat of B seventh.
Then we have a bar of E each, of the rest
taken out.
E minor 7th.
[MUSIC]
E flat 7th.
[MUSIC]
D minor seventh.
[MUSIC]
G seventh.
[MUSIC]
And C or C major, and if we,
if we're turning around, if we're coming
to the end,
we would have two bars of C major seventh
there,
if we were then gonna go on to play it
around again, we would have one bar of C.
[MUSIC]
And a,
a bar of G seventh probably an augmented.
[MUSIC]
Where you raise the fifth.
[MUSIC]
So, that's our second step, the chords.
Let's put the two together, and play a, a
chord melody version.
So, we're using block chords, where we're,
we play an inversion,
where we can find the melody, on the top
of that inversion.
So.
[MUSIC]
So, that's our chord melody.