Martin Taylor, online guitar instructor.
Martin Taylor, online guitar instructor. William Ellis
The team at KPLU/Jazz24 recorded a solo performance and conversation with guitarist Martin Taylor the other day. It's now up on NPR Music as a Favorite Session: have a listen.
The self-taught musician is known for both his solo work, and his time with the late violinist Stephane Grappelli — he sat the Django Reinhardt chair in that band. In fact, Taylor's forthcoming album Last Train To Hauteville was made with his Spirit of Django jazz manouche band.
In his interview, he also talks about his other new venture: the Martin Taylor Guitar Academy. For a fee, you can subscribe to his archive of video lessons — and contribute your own videos for critique, which Taylor may respond to in return. That is, it's not completely one-sided; there's some interactivity involved. These optional video exchanges are visible to the entire site community.
Taylor certainly isn't the first to offer online instruction for jazz skills, either. In fact, the platform which his Web site lives on also houses schools for such jazz-and-beyond players as Howard Levy, Andreas Oberg and Jimmy Bruno. Learning music over the Internet; the kids these days.
After the jump, a widget with streaming songs from Martin Taylor's new album: