Martin Taylor Guitar Academy Scholarship Awarded to 13 Year-Old Prodigy

January 31, 2011


NAPA, CA – Martin Taylor Guitar Academy, the online guitar school, has awarded its first scholarship to a 13 year old guitar prodigy.  Slovakia-born, Hungarian gypsy Andreas Varady has been playing the guitar since the age of four. Taught by his father, Bandi, Andreas plays mainly by ear and was inspired at an early age by Django Reinhardt, and later Wes Montgomery, George Benson and Bireli Lagrene. Already Varady is starting to make waves as he plays his London debut at the prestigious Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in March followed by a series of summer festivals.??

Academy founder and multi-award winning jazz guitarist Martin Taylor said:??

"Andreas Varady is an extraordinary musician. His guitar playing displays a maturity well beyond his years. I'm sure he's going to become a major force in the jazz guitar world"??

Following the announcement Andreas Varady commented:??

"I really loved meeting Martin and playing with him last year. I'm so happy to be part of his guitar academy. It's an honor to receive the first scholarship."??

Andreas Varady will be the first recipient of a scholarship to the revolutionary Martin Taylor Guitar Academy, an innovative video-based online music school.  Students from over twenty countries learn directly from one of the acknowledged masters of solo and fingerstyle jazz guitar for a fraction of what a private lesson would cost. The Martin Taylor Guitar Academy offers guitar instruction on the most innovative technology platform available. Respected, award-winning guitarist Martin Taylor offers more than 100 HD video lessons, ranging from beginners’ basics to advanced techniques.  Students at all levels can interact directly with Martin via video exchanges.  Each student has opportunities to send Martin webcam videos of themselves practicing, which are personally reviewed, then paired with video responses containing Martin’s individualized instruction.?  ?


Award winning guitarist MARTIN TAYLOR has established a unique musical career as an internationally acclaimed musician, and his inimitable style has seen him recognized as the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz guitar playing.  As well as being a true guitar innovator, he is also a master concert performer, dazzling audiences with his solo shows, which combine virtuosity, emotion, hum our, with a strong stage presence.  Martin Taylor has collaborated with musicians from many different musical genre including, Stephane Grappelli, Chet Atkins, Bill Wyman, George Harrison, Dionne Warwick, Sacha Distel,Bryn Terfel and Jamie Cullum.  He spends much of the year travelling the world, playing in concert halls in Europe, North America, Japan, Asia, and Australasia as well as presiding over the uniquely innovative Martin Taylor Guitar Academy online.??


?The ArtistWorks online visual education format allows virtuoso musicians to “Teach the World” by presenting their full method, technique or curriculum in HD video to subscribing students of their sites. Simple webcams are used by the students to submit videos to the Artist through the site, for critique and guidance. The Artists easily review student-submitted videos using the ArtistWorks Video Management System (patent pending). These “video-exchanges” are posted for all subscribing students to learn from the teacher and from each other. This groundbreaking use of video-exchange for the instruction of musical instruments has been implemented at the Howard Levy Harmonica School, Tony Trischka School of Banjo, Qbert Skratch University, Peery Piano Online, Andreas Oberg Guitar Universe and the Martin Taylor Guitar Academy. ??


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