Fingerstyle Fretting Hand Mastery

Genre and Style Guitar Course from Trevor Gordon Hall

If you are a beginner in the fingerstyle guitar genre and are looking for some guidance to level up your playing, this course has the tools to get you there. Trevor Gordon Hall unpacks any problems you may have encountered in your journey with learning fingerstyle guitar throughout this course and emphasizes how your fretting hand could be the culprit with any hurdles you may have.

25 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.


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Full Course Breakdown

Trevor starts with some hand stretches to get you comfortable reaching for certain notes on the neck. As the course advances, he breaks down hammer-ons, and pull-offs and gives you some great strengthening and conditioning exercises so you can overcome any playing scenario with the stamina needed! Finally, he'll add in some expressive techniques to give those notes your strumming a great full sound.


Course Introduction

Trevor Gordon Hall introduces us to "Fingerstyle Fretting Hand Mastery!"

2:38 Runtime

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Note Target Practice, Part 1

Let's kick off this series with an exercise to start giving our fretting hand some muscle memory! We will focus on stretching to certain notes.

10:45 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Note Target Practice, Part 2

We continue building on our last lesson but this time incorporating two fingers to stretch to different parts of the fretboard using a 6ths finger pattern.

16:35 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Stretching for Colorful Chords

In this next lesson, we begin diving into horizontal stretches on the fretboard.

17:04 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Harmonics Target Practice

Trevor helps us tackle natural harmonics which is a very common technique in the world of fingerstyle playing.

13:55 Runtime

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Harmonic Hopping

Let's build on our previous lesson as Trevor gives us some more tips for natural harmonics as well as breaking down how we jump between frets as we incorporate harmonics.

13:26 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Harmonics with Fretted Notes

Let's keep building our harmonic knowledge as we learn how to hold fretted notes as well as reach for other harmonics.

15:38 Runtime

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Tackling Difficult Chords

We switch gears a little bit as Trevor gives us some tips and tricks on how to overcome difficulties within bar chords.

17:14 Runtime

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Partial Barre Chords

We move on to partial barre chords in this lesson and Trevor gives us some tips on how to overcome roadblocks when it comes to these chords.

19:06 Runtime

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High Fret Open String Chords

Trevor guides us through some of the problems we may encounter when it comes to our fretting hand when trying to get open strings to ring on high-fretted notes.

16:50 Runtime

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Chromatic Hammers

Let's get some strength under our fingertips as we dive into some hammer-ons and pull-offs in a chromatic exercise!

14:41 Runtime

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Pull Off Exercise

Let's keep adding to our musical toolbox as we work through this pull-off exercise.

16:11 Runtime

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Hammering On with Consistent Bass Note

In this lesson, Trevor walks us through how to achieve hammer-ons and pull-offs while a bass note is fretted.

18:04 Runtime

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Sliding Notes

Slides are another technique that comes up in finger styles. In this lesson, Trevor shows us how to use slides as a way to move up and down the fretboard.

12:40 Runtime

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Shifting Chord Shapes

Let's expand on our last lesson on slides as we tackle moving an entire chord shape up and down the fretboard with this technique.

14:49 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Shifting Positions

In this next lesson, we focus on shifting single notes on the fretboard as we let open notes ring out.

16:37 Runtime

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Hand Strengthening

Trevor gives us some tips on how to increase your hand strength when it comes to hammer-ons and pull-offs and holding two notes at the same time.

13:05 Runtime

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Fingerwalk Chromatic Exercise

We continue building our hand strength with this chromatic exercise.

17:44 Runtime

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Hammering with the Pinky

In this lesson, Trevor gives some tips on how to improve accuracy and aim with our hammer-ons!

15:48 Runtime

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Vibrato Styles

We dive into the vibrato style in this lesson which will bring some expressive aspects to our playing.

15:52 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


B.B. King Style Vibrato

Now that we have the vibrato style under our fingers, let's focus on a specific style within this technique, the B.B. King style!

10:52 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Neck Vibrato

For this vibrato lesson, we use the guitar neck as a vibrato tool for entire chords.

12:12 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Expressive Slides

For this lesson, we expand our expressive sliding skills by playing multiple notes at a time!

15:46 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Bending Strings

Nearing the end of this course we are going to add one more thing to our musical toolbox, bends! Trevor walks us through some tips on how to properly use bends on an acoustic guitar.

10:01 Runtime

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Playing a Phrase in Multiple Ways

For this final lesson, Trevor will discuss how to take a single line of music and play in multiply ways along the fretboard.

17:05 Runtime

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