Truefire Martin Taylor’s Dimensions of Solo Jazz Guitar Tutorial

Fingerstyle & Chord Melody Masterclass for Jazz Guitar with Martin Taylor
“Martin is one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument. He’s unbelievable!” — Pat Metheny

Martin Taylor’s pedigree spans dozens of prestigious awards, multiple Top 10 albums, and global acclaim from fans, critics and fellow musicians. He dazzles audiences with a signature style that artfully combines his virtuosity, emotion and humor with a strong, engaging stage presence.

In this Fingerstyle and Chord Melody Masterclass, Martin shares how he internalizes the core framework of any piece of music and then builds upon it utilizing melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic variations to add dimension and color to an improvisational performance.

“Martin Taylor is one of the greatest and most impressive guitar players in the world.” – Chet Atkins

As a solo jazz and fingerstyle guitarist, I’ve found great joy in exploring the many dimensions of jazz composition and improvisation. I’m excited to share how I approach adding dimension and color to jazz standards for solo guitar performance and improvisations.

We’ll explore three popular jazz standards; A Foggy Day in London Town, In A Mellow Tone and Body & Soul. For each standard, I’ll demonstrate the 9 levels of exploration that I use myself to craft all of my solo arrangements.

We’ll start by learning the basic chord sequences for each, breaking them into smaller intervals, and adding the elements of accompaniment and feel. We’ll then learn the melody, build a basic chord melody arrangement, and learn to improvise using harmonic movement, melodic variation, and embellishments. Finally, I’ll give you two performances for each song to illustrate how I use this approach in my own improvisations.

My hope is that once we work through these 3 standards together, you’ll be able to craft your own arrangements in your own voice.”

”He out-shreds all of us put together — I’ve never seen anything like it!” – Jeff Beck

You’ll have all of TrueFire’s advanced learning tools at your fingertips to personalize your workspace and learn at your own pace.

You can loop, slow down, or speed up any section of a lesson. Plus, all of the tab and notation is synced to the videos for the optimal learning experience. You’ll also get tab and standard notation files to print out, Guitar Pro files, and all of the backing tracks to practice with.

Grab your guitar, and let’s dig deep with Martin Taylor!

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