ArtistWorks Instructor Martin Taylor Expands on his Foundation for Fingerstyle Magic
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Martin Taylor is renowned for his signature style, combining bass, chords and melody into a solo jazz symphony. In this lesson, he builds on a previous lesson for AcousticGuitar.com that breaks the fretboard into a series of root/10th scales, combining the bass note (root) and the important chordal tone, the 10th (the third played up one octave). Remember, the root- 10th combination defines major/minor in a chord. In this new lesson he adds transition points, moving the root from the 6th string to the fifth and so on.
These root/10th combination scales and transition points help you build mini chord progressions all around the neck. These are mini-chords that you can build on to add further embellishments like melody lines, bass runs, and additional chordal elements like flat 5ths, 9ths, etc. They are the "scaffolding" that Martin uses to support his fluid fingerstyle technique. With Martin’s help, you could be playing like this in no time.