Check out the latest cover story in Acoustic Magazine where Martin and Tommy Emmanuel talk about their new album “The Colonel and The Governor”. We’ll have more details on the new album soon but in the meantime you can find out about the live shows they have coming up.
Martin has just filmed a batch of new videos as part of his Guided Arrangements™ guitar lessons series. These consist of jazz and fingerstyle lessons designed by Martin to help you create your own versions or arrangements of classic tunes. It doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner guitarist or an advanced player, the Guided Arrangements™ series enables you to create your own, custom arrangements of tunes you love. Here’s how it works…
Martin starts off with a video lesson showing the very basic arrangement of a tune in order to show you the melody, harmonic structure and chord sequence (including transcriptions). Now the fun starts as Martin personally guides you through developing your own version of the tune. You can submit a video of your progress for Taylor to provide video feedback on. Over a series of video exchanges you’ll be able to create your own arrangements.
“Creating your own arrangements is an incredibly powerful way to expand your skills and increase your understanding of your own playing,” said Martin. “Having literally watched countless students achieve dramatic improvement online, it is gratifying to be able to evolve the lessons to help them to take this next step.”
If you are already a subscriber of Martin’s online guitar school then you can get instant access to the guitar lessons here. If you haven’t yet joined and want to learn more then head along to the Martin Taylor Guitar School here.
In the meantime click on the video below to see how it all works.
Martin will be back touring in the USA in January and February with International Guitar Night.
The guitarists featured alongside Martin on the tour are IGN founder Brian Gore (USA), Solorazaf (Madagascar), and Celso (Brazil)
Jan 12 Natick, MA, Natick Center for the Performing Arts
13 Norfolk, Connecticut, Infinity Hall
16 New York, NY, Highline Ballroom
17 Vienna, Virginia, Wolftrap Barns
19 Owings Mills, Maryland, Gordon Center
20 Philadelphia, PA, Calvary Center
22 Carlsbad, California, Museum of Making Music
23 Livermore, California, Livermore Valley PAC
24 Napa, California, Napa Opera House
25 Folsham, California, Three Stages at Folsham Lake
26 San Francisco, CA, Bravo Theater
27 Phoenix, Arizona, Musical Instrument Museum Theater
Feb 3 Mount Vernon, WA, Lincoln Theater
6 Edmonds, WA, Edmonds center for the Performing Arts
7 Sandpoint, Idaho, Panida Theater
8 Whitefish, Montana, Whitefish Theater
9 Hamilton, Montana, Hamilton Performing Arts Center
10 Bozeman, Montana, Ellen Theater
13 Ann Arbor, Michigan, The Ark
15 Pittsburg, PA, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
17 Buffalo, New York, St Joseph’s Collegiate Institute
20 Minneapolis, MN, Dakota Jazz Club
22 Goffstown, New Hampshire, Dana Center
23 Pittsfield, MA, The Colonial Center
Thanksgiving Day – I’m thankful that I left school at the first possible opportunity at the age of 15 to pursue a career in music. This ensured that I had no academic qualifications or second career to fall back on when times got tough. I had to ride out the really tough times, and my goodness there were many!
I’m thankful I stuck with playing the music I truly believed in and didn’t get sucked in by the shallowness of the mainstream music industry and the pursuit of wealth.
I’m very thankful for meeting my wife when we were both 16, and thankful she didn’t have a well paid job to support my musical self-indulgences.
I’m unbelievably thankful for our two sons, James and Stewart, who have made Liz and I so proud. James is a remarkable young man making a great life for himself in California, and I’m thankful that I was able to be Stewart’s father for the 21 years that he was on this earth with us.
I’m thankful that there are enough people in the world that like my music enough that I’ve never had to take a day job or become a musician that can only survive of grants, subsidies and bullshit.
I’m thankful that the hard times of the past make me appreciate the very comfortable and privileged life I now enjoy with my family and friends.
For the first time ever, guitar titans Martin Taylor and Frank Vignola got together in Dawg Studios with mandolinist/producer and old friend David Grisman and his bassist son Samson to play some music and have a good old time. In one day-long session, this brand new quartet recorded the dozen tunes which comprise this collection.
The repertoire spans the great American songbook with showtunes, “Surrey With The Fringe On Top” from “Oklahoma,” ) standards from “Avalon” to “Poinciana,” as well as originals by Martin, (“Seraphina,”) Dawg (“Swang Thang”) and Lennon-McCartney ‘s “Michelle.” The playing is relaxed and stellar and the HD recording is a sonic delight. You can hear the album and buy it here.