Fingerstyle Fireworks

Genre and Style Guitar Course from Trevor Gordon Hall

Do you have the basics of fingerstyle guitar down and are now ready to add all of those fingerstyle fireworks that got you excited about this genre in the first place? Let's join Trevor Gordon Hall in this all-new course that covers the key techniques needed to accent your fingerstyle guitar playing to help truly get to the next level!

26 Lessons

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


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Full Course Breakdown

Trevor starts this course with a bang and dives into some basic percussive techniques you can achieve on your guitar. From there he ventures into a handful of harmonic techniques that tend to go hand and hand with this form of guitar playing. As we fill up our musical toolbox with a plethora of techniques and tricks to accent our playing, Trevor also sprinkles in tips on how to master a more rhythmic fretting hand while building hand strength so you can become a truly explosive player!



Trevor Gordon Hall introduces us to "Fingerstyle Fireworks"!

3:18 Runtime

0.0 Difficulty


Thumb Slap

For our first lesson, Trevor breaks down the mechanics of the low thumb slap technique.

8:55 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Fist String Slap

Staying in the slap technique arena, we take a closer look at a slap technique that uses a relaxed fist against the strings, giving us a backbeat effect!

10:02 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Combining Full and Partial Slap

Let's build on the techniques we just learned and combine them to see how they can work together in a musical piece.

7:08 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Bass Kick Strum

We continue to add to our musical toolbox with a bass kick strum which uses the bass of your hand as a kick drum on the guitar top.

9:56 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Kick and Snare Options

In this lesson, we dive into some kick and snare options we can achieve on our guitars that will fill out our percussive techniques.

8:45 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Slap Harmonics

Trevor breaks down the fundamentals of the slap harmonic technique!

11:06 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Slap Harmonic with Hammer/Pull

Now that we have a good grasp on the slap harmonic, let's throw in some hammer-ons and pull-offs!

7:44 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Natural Harmonics

Let's switch gears a little bit and dive into natural harmonics, Trevor unpacks where and how to find them on our guitar.

9:13 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Artificial Harmonics

Now that we have some practice with natural harmonics, let's get into the very versatile artificial harmonics and how to lean into the 12 above principles to achieve the harmonic sound we are looking for!

10:25 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Breau Style Harmonics

For this next lesson, we will incorporate the harmonic techniques we just learned to get a handle on the Breau Style harmonics, a popular open string style by Lenny Breau.

6:29 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Hammer On/Pull Off Exercise

Trevor walks us through the mechanics of hammer-ons and pull-offs.

9:09 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Hammer Ons and Open Strings

Now that we have honed in hammer-ons and pull-offs, let's stagger them in-between different open strings!

5:55 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

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Left Hand Tap and Slap

For this lesson, we start putting some of the tools and skills we have learned throughout this course together! Trevor guides us on using hammer-ons and slap harmonics cohesively.

5:00 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Explosive Pull off-Slap Harmonic

Time to upgrade our pull-off! Trevor walks us through a technique created by Michael Hedges, the explosive pull-off!

5:40 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Ghost Strums and Ghost Notes

In this lesson, we will be further adding to our musical toolbox with a muting technique that will give us a percussive effect.

10:45 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Melody and Chords Together

Now that we have quite a few things in our musical toolbox, Trevor switches gears and talks us through how chords and melodies work together.

13:30 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Independent Thumb Hopping

Trevor talks about the independent thumb in this lesson, though this is a tricky skill to master, Trevor gives us some tips and tricks to overcome this essential tool!

13:48 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Tremolo on E Picking Pattern

Let's keep filling up that toolbox! For this lesson, Trevor breaks down the Tremolo technique, which uses your ring, middle, and index finger to build on the independent thumb idea we learned in the previous lesson.

7:49 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Banjo Rolls

Time for some Banjo Rolls! Trevor shows us how to use this technique on the guitar that blends all the lines as we move up and down the fretboard!

7:10 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Basic Legato

For this lesson, Trevor talks highlights a legato technique that incorporates hammer-ons and pull-offs but is played in sequences.

9:46 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Neck Vibrato

Let's get our bodies moving a little for this next technique! Vibrato happens naturally with some notes, but with this vibrato, Trevor shows us how to achieve a vibrato with open strings with some movements of the neck of our guitar.

7:29 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Note Color

In this lesson, Trevor breaks down some music theory and how to achieve the sound we are aiming for when playing certain notes by understanding how we pick the note and where we pick it on the guitar.

8:31 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Timing Vs Groove

For this lecture lesson, Trevor talks about the importance of practicing with a metronome and some tips and tricks on how to use this tool to improve our timing and find our groove within playing music.

11:25 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Hand Strengthening

Trevor dives into a target practice focusing on hammer-ons and pull-ons to increase our hand strength!

6:42 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Stretches in Chords

For our last lesson, Trevor dissects how to achieve those stretches that span over frets that seem impossible!

11:40 Runtime

4.0 Difficulty

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  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Playing since 1995
  • 369 lessons at JamPlay

Reviews & Feedback 89/100 with 19 ratings

course sounds amazing. thank you!


I appreciate Mr. Hall's analogy for explaining the flick of the thumb. It helped me realize that the movement was not as much an arm, but a wrist movement.


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The teacher is just specific enough for the student to learn; not too repetitive that you would become bored.