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Martin Taylor’s new limited edition record ‘One Day’ is now available while stocks last.
The concept behind Martin Taylor’s first solo recording in four years was to get back to basics and create a more rootsy record.
Recorded over 24 hours, Taylor sat down in his home studio to record what is perhaps his most personal record to date.
This record is currently only available here at martintaylor.com. To get your copy CLICK HERE.
In this guitar basics series Martin Taylor teaches guitar tuning and how to tune your guitar.
This video shows a few tips on how to tune your guitar. The first thing you must do is to make sure the guitar is in tune with itself.
The twelfth fret of the guitar should be exactly half way between the nut and the bridge. If the bridge is too close then as you go higher up the guitar will go sharp. It if is further away as you further up the neck the guitar will sound flat.
There are many ways to tune a guitar including pitch pipes, tuning forks, by ear and using guitar tuners. Martin advises tuning the A string using a tuning fork or guitar tuner.
Once we have the A in tune we can play the next note which is a D on the fifth fret of the A string. We can then match those two.
While Martin Taylor is no stranger to any jazz aficionados in Singapore, and has performed to sold-out crowds previously in the country, the pair performs together for the first time ever at the Esplanade Recital Studio!
For one-night only in Singapore!
Dr Martin Taylor MBE has been appointed Visiting Professor of Guitar at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
The multi-award winning guitarist, composer and educator joins the Guitar Faculty for the first time this month. In his new role, Dr Taylor will work with Royal Conservatoire guitarists, jazz musicians and musical theatre performers as well as instrumentalists from across the Conservatoire.
On joining the Faculty, Dr Taylor said: “I am absolutely delighted to be appointed ‘Visiting Professor of Guitar’ at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. I feel very honoured to be a part of such a highly respected musical institution and look forward to working with my students and musical colleagues in the future.”
Professor John Wallace said: “I am delighted that Martin, one of the world’s most innovative and creative guitarists, is working with us. His work is known all over the world and by working and learning from him, our students will gain inspiration and great skills as performers and instrumentalists.”
“Martin Taylor is one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument.” – Pat Metheny
“He out-shred’s all of us put together….I’ve never seen anything like it” – Jeff Beck
DANZA PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
THE AUSTRALIAN JAZZ AND FINGERSTYLE GUITAR SPECTACULAR
MAY 17th to MAY 30th 2014
The guitar event for 2014, starring world’s foremost exponent of Solo Jazz and fingerstyle Guitar Playing Dr MARTIN TAYLOR MBE (UK) and Guest Associate Artist, 10 String Guitarist and Maton Endorsed Ukulele Player Matthew Fagan (AUS).
Martin Taylor is one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument. He’s unbelievable – Pat Metheny
‘He out-shred’s all of us put together….I’ve never seen anything like it’ – Jeff Beck
Taylor is a multi-award winning guitarist, composer, educator and innovator whom Acoustic Guitar magazine calls ‘THE Acoustic Guitarist of his Generation’.
Taylor makes a much anticipated return to Australia for his first solo tour of the country in five years. This tour will see him perform works from The Great American songbook as well as tunes from his latest album with Tommy Emmanuel. Taylor is a master concert performer and dazzles audiences with a signature style that artfully combines his virtuosity, emotion and humour with a strong, engaging stage presence.
Taylor is renowned internationally for his masterful arrangements for solo jazz guitar, concerts, recordings, and collaborations with musicians from many different musical genres including:
“Taylor brings a rich and varied musical heritage to his play, to the extent that Tommy Emmanuel remarked that [Taylor] is “a portal into all that came before.”
“Martin Taylor is one of the greatest and most impressive guitar players in the world.” – Chet Atkins
Monsieur Grappelli described him as “A great artist, rich in talent and elegance”
Martin was also part the Four Martins, a fascinating blend of four acoustic guitarists, including Juan Martin (flamenco), Martin Taylor (jazz), Martin Carthy and Martin Simpson, both of whom come from the folk tradition of the British Isles.
And other artists including Jeff Beck, Bill Wyman, David Grisman, George Harrison, Jamie Cullum, Bryn Terfel, Dianne Schuur, Gary Burton and many more.
Taylor recently toured America and with Tommy Emmanuel promoting their new C.D, The Colonel and the Governor which was nominated for an ARIA in the best Jazz Album Category. The track ‘I Won’t Last A Day Without You’ from the same album was also nominated for “Instrumental of the Year” for a coveted Golden Guitar Trophy.
Taylor brings a rich and varied musical heritage to his play, to the extent that Tommy Emmanuel remarked that [Taylor] is “a portal into all that came before.”
From 1979 to 1990 Taylor toured the world and recorded over 20 albums with the French jazz violin legend STEPHANE GRAPPELLI. Their album with Vassar Clements “Together At Last” won a Grammy Nomination in 1987. It was through Isaacs that Taylor was introduced to Stephane Grappelli, erstwhile violinist in Quintette du Hot Club de France with Django Reinhardt. Grappelli invited Taylor to join his band full-time occupying the position once held by his idol Reinhardt.
Monsieur Grappelli described him as “A great artist, rich in talent and elegance”
The BBC made a special performance of the ‘Spirit of Django Suite’ by Martin Taylor and the Britten Symphonia part of their Proms concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Taylor has garnered two honorary doctorates, a BBC lifetime achievement award, Top 10 albums in both the USA and Europe, a record 14 British Jazz Awards, film and TV credits and in 2002 he was appointed MBE ‘For Services to Jazz Music’ in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List, which he received personally from Her Majesty The Queen at an investiture at Buckingham Palace.
Outside of his work as a musician he is also involved in several charities including the Child Bereavement Charity, is Patron of the My Wish Foundation of Sri Lanka, and is a Trustee and Vice President of Scotland’s Buddhist Vihara.
GUEST ASSOCIATE ARTIST MATTHEW FAGAN
The spectacular guitar event also features as a guest associate artist, Australia’s most entertaining Guitar Virtuoso, Matthew Fagan performing on 10 String Spanish Guitar and Maton Ukulele of which Matthew is the endorsed player.
Matthew has toured with international celebrities Natalie Cole, The Original Buena Vista Social Club, Billy Connolly, Shirley Bassey and Michael Crawford The tour with Billy Connolly was so successful that Billy was quoted saying:
“Matthew is the best guest artist I have ever toured with.”
Matthew has explored the Spanish Guitar from Classical to Flamenco and Latin to Celtic Guitar and in 2012 Matthew and his original music has appeared on ABC TV and Channel 7.
MAY 17 & 18…THE BASEMENT SYDNEY, NSW *
MAY 19 ………THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY, NSW**
MAY 20………..NORTHERN RIVER ACADEMY OF MUSIC,
MAY 22………..DOWN SOUTH JAZZ CLUB , CLUB SAPPHIRE,
MAY 23………..WODONGA JAZZ, JAZZ BASEMENT, WODONGA, VIC*
MAY 24………..CANBERRA THEATRE, CANBERRA, ACT***
MAY 25………..THE GOVERNOR HINDMARSH HOTEL HINDMARSH, SA*
MAY 27………..TASMANIAN COLLEGE OF THE ARTS, HOBART, TAS***
MAY 28………..MILANOS TAVERN, BRIGHTON, VIC**
MAY 29………..BENNETTSLANE, MELBOURNE, VIC*
MAY 30………..MEENIYAN MECHANICS INSTITUTE, MEENIYAN, VIC*
*** Performance and Masterclass
WORLD-CLASS GREAT GUITARS TM TOUR COMING TO 6 USA CITIES IN APRIL 2014
Acoustic guitar virtuosos Martin Taylor, Frank Vignola, Vinny Raniolo and Peppino D’Agostino create musical magic with “one night, four great guitarists, twenty-four strings”
(February 25, 2014–San Francisco, CA)—Four of the world’s leading acoustic guitar virtuosos join creative forces to bring their individual and collective musical genius to the stage with The Great Guitars™, touring unique venues in six U.S. cities in April 2014.
Featuring renowned guitar maestros Martin Taylor, Frank Vignola, Vinny Ranilo and Peppino D’Agostino, The Great Guitars™ Tour continues the famed guitar supergroup tradition with extraordinary performances that will thrill guitar and music fans alike.
ABOUT THE GREAT GUITARS™
The Great Guitars™ traces its colorful heritage back to the 1970’s when the legendary jazz guitarists of that era toured the world and recorded together. Award-winning guitarist Martin Taylor, who replaced Herb Ellis to become part of the original group in the 1980’s with the legendary Barney Kessel and Charlie Byrd, has revised the format for the 21st century–enlisting three of today’s top acoustic players to co-create a brilliant program displaying guitar mastery, emotion, humor and musical fireworks.
Combining Taylor’s award-winning virtuosic finger style with Vignola’s jaw-dropping technique, Raniolo’s energetic playing and D’Agostino’s classical-inspired artistry, the concert features solo, duet, trio and quartet performances by these four acknowledged masters of fingerstyle, acoustic and jazz guitar. Between them, these guitar greats have worked with artists ranging from Tommy Emmanuel and David Grisman to Donald Fagen and Wynton Marsalis.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Pat Metheny calls Martin Taylor “one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument, while Jeff Beck says, “he out-shreds all of us—I’ve never seen anything like it.” Taylor is widely recognized as the world’s foremost exponent of solo fingerstyle jazz guitar playing, with a record 15 British Jazz Awards, Top 10 albums in the USA and Europe and an MBE from the Queen of Great Britain.
Frank Vignola is highly regarded as one of the most accomplished, multi-dimensional players in the world today. Les Paul added him to his “Five Most Admired Guitar List” for the Wall Street Journal while the New York Times deemed Vignola as “one the brightest guitar stars.”
Even though his musical career is only at the beginning, Vinny Raniolo has already had many opportunities that take most players a lifetime to achieve, having toured 14 countries and played with some of the world’s leading musicians.
Peppino D’Agostino is a Renaissance man whose inspired, poetic style earned him the “Best Acoustic Guitarist” award from readers of Guitar Player Magazine. D’Agostino’s playing is like a wonderful journey, taking its inspiration from the music of Brazil, American, Ireland and his native Italy.
ABOUT THE APRIL 2014 TOUR
The Great Guitars TM Tour includes the following performances:
• Thursday, April 10, 2014, Yoshi’s Oakland, Oakland, CA 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM.
• Friday, April 11, 2014, Spanos Theatre, San Luis Obispo, CA 8:00 PM
• Saturday, April 12, 2014, Church of the Epiphany, Washington, DC, 8:00 PM
• Monday, April 14, 2014, Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake, Folsom, CA, 7:30 PM
• Tuesday, April 15, 2014, Visalia Fox Theatre, Visalia, CA 7:30 PM
• Saturday, April 19, 2014, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY 8:00 PM.
Visit: www.thegreatguitars.com for tickets and further information.
GREAT GUITARS TWITTER CHAT: Guitar fans around the world will have an unprecedented opportunity to be a part of a Twitter Chat with the Great Guitars TM virtuosos—come join the conversation about jazz, acoustic and fingerstyle guitar and ask these guitar greats your questions on Wednesday, March 19th at 12 noon Pacific time, #greatguitars2014, presented in collaboration with ArtistWorks.
You can now buy physical gift cards for Martin Taylor’s online fingerstyle and jazz guitar school at Amazon.
Now anyone can easily and conveniently give a unique online guitar experience to their loved ones this Holiday season – for about a dollar a day. Whether it’s a Christmas gift, Hanukkah gift or a gift for yourself, these cards can be purchased ahead of time, or are perfect for that last minute gift.
The Martin Taylor Fingerstyle and Jazz Guitar School with ArtistWorks has long been known for its unique Video Exchange Feedback, where a guitarist – beginner to advanced – can submit practice videos and receive video feedback from world-renowned guitar teacher Martin Taylor. Currently, guitarists in over 58 countries have improved their guitar playing with this unique learning community.
How the Gift Card Program Works:
1. Order from Amazon.com to give a gift card to the lucky person in your life.
2. They can redeem the code on their Gift Card and receive three months of online guitar lessons from Martin Taylor.
3. Once enrolled, they begin with access to a comprehensive library of pre-recorded video lessons from beginner to advanced. They can view these lessons at their own pace, whenever they have time.
4. When they want guidance, they can submit practice videos to Martin through the ArtistWorks’ Video Exchange™ Feedback Platform using their webcam, phone, iPad or video camera.
5. Martin Taylor will review the video submission and respond with video feedback designed to help the student get better – fast.
Martin Taylor Guitar Academy gift cards retail for $90 for three months unlimited access and can be purchased at Amazon.com and Rakuten (Buy.com), among other outlets.