to illuminate our current predicament, and is
dedicated to all the innocent lost in the intervening years” says the bassist on his website.
Jazz Guitarist Martin Taylor
Launches New Online
By Jason Shadrick
For this tour, Waters relaunched his website at rogerwaters.com and will be adding blog posts and connecting with fans
directly. Waters is staging a new production
with a full band that will take advantage
of the latest technology. This tour will also
be incorporating social media to create a
more interactive experience. “There is a lot
of commercial clutter on the net, and a lot
of propaganda, but I have a sense that just
beneath the surface understanding is gaining ground. We just have to keep blogging,
keep twittering, keep communicating, keep
sharing ideas” says Waters.
Napa, CA – British jazz guitarist Dr. Martin Taylor
The Wall was originally released in November
of 1979 and was performed live only 31 times
by the band. To this day, The Wall is one of the
top-five best-selling albums in the US and still
continues to influence musicians of all genres.
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MBE recently launched his new online jazz guitar
academy. Taylor collaborated with Artist Works to
develop the academy and give students all over
the world a chance to study with the virtuoso
guitarist. The academy features over 150 high-
definition video lessons on a variety of topics for
novice through advanced players. Taylor person-
ally instructs students through video exchange
technology. Each student can submit a video of
their practice sessions, which Taylor will review
and issue a video response to. Both videos will
be posted online for the community to learn
from. Each lesson is filmed with multiple cameras
that allow students to view each example from
different angles. Slowed-down and pitch-correct-
ed versions are available as well.
The specific course of study is left entirely up to
the student. Topics include developing fingerstyle technique, using 10ths and 7ths to make
scales more interesting, and improvising over
common progressions. Taylor also uses standard jazz tunes to help students understand the
application of certain musical concepts. Each
tune is examined and taught through both the
video and supplemental written material.
Over the last four decades, Taylor has been
known for his ability as both a solo guitarist
and his work with his Spirit of Django group.
In 2002, he was appointed MBE (Member
of the British Empire) for “Services to Jazz
Music” by Queen Elizabeth of England.
Academy enrollment is $60 for three months.
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