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Join Trevor Gordon Hall to get some Christmas songs under your belt for the holiday season! These fingerstyle versions of 5 Christmas classics are great to have in your back pocket for the holidays. Both unique and familiar, these compositions will impress and entertain at any sit down to get into the spirit and keep your playing fresh for the new year!
Through his work, Trevor has established himself as a unique and pioneering voice on the international stage, albeit one who speaks through his guitar and every sound that it’s capable of, rather than words. On top of a touring calendar that’s taken him through 17 countries and counting, his discography has amassed millions of listens and views through streaming services such as Spotify and YouTube, allowing his music to connect meaningfully with listeners across all borders, regardless of their language or location. Learn more or start the course with membership
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Angels from On High
Auld Lang Syne
O Christmas Tree
The First Noel
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Rated one of the top 30 guitarists in the world under 30 years of age by Acoustic Guitar magazine, Trevor is an instrumentalist whose style ranges from edgy driving rhythms to delicate melodic themes. Exploring the guitar's full creative potential, his blending of sounds weave together textures into grand yet intimate and lyrical compositions. While leaving no physical aspect of the guitar untouched, Trevor navigates audiences through an igniting experience of music that isn't just heard but felt. Aside from being featured on NPR, NBC, PBS and countless international media outlets, Trevor's tour calendar has taken him to 14 countries and counting performing at many historic places including Carnegie Hall in NYC, Union Chapel in London, Music History Museum in Bologna, Adolfo Mejia Theater in Colombia, and a brief performance on The Great Wall in China. He has also had the opportunity to share the stage with some of the most trusted and legendary names in the music business prompting high praise from John Mayer, Steve Miller, Graham Nash, Steve Hackett, Dar Williams, Will Ackerman, Pat Martino, Stanley Jordan, Phil Keaggy, Tommy Emmanuel, Andy McKee and more.
Get into the holiday spirit and sharpen your fingerstyle skills with 5 Christmas classics, composed and taught by Trevor Gordon Hall.
Each song includes full tablature as well as a professionally-produced JamTrack to play along with! This course offers 5 lessons covering 2+ hours of material in step-by-step, digestible presentation.
Let's kick things off with Trevor's take on the Christmas classic, 'Angels We Have Heard on High'. Originating melodically from the French hymn 'Gloria', this popular caroling favorite is lyrically inspired by the traditional French carol 'Les Anges Dans Nos Campagnes', which translates as 'The Angels in our Countryside'. The current English version was written by Roman Catholic Priest, James Chadwick in 1862.
Next on our list of Trevor's fingerstyle Christmas classics is "O Christmas Tree", or as it's called in its native German - "O Tannenbaum". Not originally associated with Christmas, rather the faithfulness and constancy of the lush green Tannenbaum Fir tree, the current version originated in melody from a 16th-century folk song before the first version of the modern lyric was added by organist, teacher, and composer Ernst Anshcuts in 1824.
Typically reserved for New Year's Eve nights around the English-speaking world, 'Auld Lang Syne' originated as an 18th-century poem written by Scottish poet and lyricist, Robert Burns. The source of the melody is debatable as it was used in several Scottish folk songs before being presented by Burns accompanied by his poem in the musical publication 'Scots Musical Museum' in 1788. Let's join Trevor as he presents us with a fingerstyle version of this classic.
In this next lesson, Trevor presents us with a fingerstyle interpretation of another familiar Christmas standard, 'The First Noel'. This Celtic-rooted hymn from the 1500s was edited by English solicitor William Sandys and expanded on lyrically by author and politician, Davies Gilbert. It was first published in its current iteration in 'Carols: Ancient and Modern', a musical publication released in 1823.
In our final song of the series, Trevor presents us with his take on this Austrian classic. The melody was composed in the early 19th century by Franz Xaver Gruber, and the traditional lyric for the song was written as a poem by Father Joseph Mohrwith. It was first performed on Christmas Eve 1818 at St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, Austria.