How to Play James Taylor Songs on Guitar

Learn the style and techniques James Taylor uses to get his beloved unique sound.
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  • Lectures 43
  • Length 4 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 7/2015 English

Course Description

If you are an intermediate level guitar player and would love to learn the unique style of James Taylor, this is the perfect course for you. The course carefully breaks down 8 popular JT songs with demonstration of song structure, unique fingering alternatives and right-hand technique that gives James that oft imitated style. I both show and explain in detail all you need to practice yourself to perfection!

What are the requirements?

  • All you need for this course is an acoustic guitar, a capo, and willingness to practice.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Play a variety of popular James Taylor songs with expertise!
  • Learn the techniques that contribute to James Taylor's unique sound and style.
  • Understand the popularity and influence of J.T.'s style.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for intermediate to advanced level guitar players who have a working knowledge of basic chords and chord progressions as well as some experience with finger style playing. This course is probably not for you if you are brand new to the guitar.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction: Welcome to the wonderful world of James Taylor
A brief personal and musical background
Preview
05:46
Section 2: Preliminaries
Equipment you'll need.
Preview
04:25
Some helpful hints about how to play James Taylor's style.
07:48
Section 3: Songs
Demonstration: You Can Close Your Eyes
02:15
Intro: You Can Close Your Eyes
04:54
Verse: You Can Close Your Eyes
08:33
Chorus: You Can Close Your Eyes
08:49
Easy Version: You Can Close Your Eyes
03:17
Carolina in My Mind (demonstration)
03:37
Intro: Carolina in My Mind
05:12
Chorus: Carolina in My Mind
05:51
Verses 1 & 2: Carolina in My Mind
08:07
Verse 3 (variation): Carolina in My Mind
04:14
Bridge: Carolina in My Mind
08:05
Ending: Carolina in My Mind
03:43
Mexico (demonstration)
02:21
Intro: Mexico
08:13
Verse: Mexico
06:52
Bridge/Interlude/Ending: Mexico
09:11
Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight (demonstration)
02:03
Intro: Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
04:10
Verse: Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
07:42
Bridge: Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
06:59
Something in the Way She Moves (demonstration)
02:57
Intro: Something in the Way She Moves
06:23
Verse: Something in the Way She Moves
07:43
Chorus: Something in the Way She Moves
08:09
Bridge: Something in the Way She Moves
06:23
You've Got a Friend (demonstration)
04:19
Intro: You've Got a Friend
05:54
Verse: You've Got a Friend
05:24
Chorus: You've Got a Friend
09:49
Bridge/Ending: You've Got a Friend
09:29
Fire and Rain (demonstration)
03:21
Intro: Fire and Rain
07:32
Verse: Fire and Rain
02:13
Chorus: Fire and Rain
07:48
Up on the Roof (demonstration)
03:02
Intro: Up on the Roof
05:59
Verse: Up on the Roof
08:42
Chorus: Up on the Roof
04:17
Bridge/Ending: Up on the Roof
06:22
Section 4: Conclusion
Some parting shots about playing and enjoying James Taylor's Music
01:27

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Instructor Biography

Monte King, Certified Professional Guitar Player/Teacher

I've been playing and teaching acoustic guitar for 40 years. My major influences have been pop/folk guitarists like James Taylor, Jim Croce, Dan Fogelberg, Paul Simon, and David Wilcox as well as a variety of country pickers like Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, and Thom Bresh. A 1985 graduate of the Guitar Institute of Technology, I have always loved the pure sound of a songwriter and a guitar, and love inspiring others to learn to play for themselves!

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