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 guitarâ€™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 th... (more)
Trevor Gordon currently offers 180 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 25 beginner lessons and 155 intermediate lessons.
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Lao Tzu once said: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Let's join Trevor Gordon Hall as he takes us on a journey into the world of fingerstyle guitar! Whether you've just opened the box to your new guitar or if you've had one laying around and have never gotten around to learning, this course will systematically help assemble the skills to advance from beginner to intermediate fingerstyle guitar!
Trevor Gordon Hall introduces us to 'Fingerstyle Guitar for Beginners'
Let's begin our journey as Trevor discusses the name and purpose of various parts of the acoustic guitar.
Let's continue covering the basics. Here, Trevor will discuss each of the strings and how to tune them properly using a digital tuner.
Holding your guitar incorrectly while playing can increase the chance of injury and frustrate a new player to the point of quitting before they've even gotten started. In this lesson, Trevor will discuss the importance of proper and ergonomic posture while playing.
Few things are more daunting for a new guitar player than learning to read notation. Here, Trevor will break down the basic building blocks of guitar notation and provide us with the tools to help read the notation included with each lesson.
Let's make some noise! In this lesson, we'll dip our toes into the PIMA method as Trevor demonstrates the proper picking technique using the index and middle fingers.
Time to take our PIMA method to the next level! Here, Trevor will expand our picking ability to include the remaining digits of our picking hand as we learn our first picking pattern.
Ok, we've got our tools, now it's time to put them to use! In this lesson, Trevor will start us out with the A-section melody to the familiar holiday standard, 'In the Bleak Midwinter'.
Now that we've got the melody to committed to muscle memory let's get the chord progression for the A-section of 'In the Bleak Midwinter' under our fingers!
We've got our melody. We've got our chords. But something is still missing, right? In this lesson, Trevor will show us how to merge two voices by incorporating our melody into the bass lines!
Alright, we've got the full A-section committed to muscle memory. Now it's time to move on to the B-section melody of 'In the Bleak Midwinter'.
Moving along. Now let's cover the B-section chords of 'In the Bleak Midwinter'.
Now we've come to the bass notes of the B-section of 'In the Bleak Midwinter'. This section will require a new skill using our independent thumb to manipulate the bass notes while maintaining the melody and chords of the song with the remaining PIMA digits.
In this lesson, Trevor will provide us with another useful tool that we can use immediately for our upcoming full arrangement of "In the Bleak Midwinter' - the rolling strum technique.
We've come a long way with our new fingerstyle skills! Now it's time to tie it all together to play the full final arrangement of 'In the Bleak Midwinter'.
Here, Trevor turns the page to focus on our second song of the course using the same methodology as our previous song. In this lesson, we'll chart out the melody of 'Oh Shenandoah'.
One of the most important skills that we can develop as a guitar player is an accurate ear. Here, Trevor will discuss the necessity for this tool, as well as his method of finding the correct "colors" for his chords.
In this lesson, we'll continue our work on the song 'Oh Shenandoah' as Trevor uses the melody to determine the chords to the tune.
Each key has a family of chords that can be used within the said key. Here, Trevor will cover the familial chords in the key of G.
Now it's time to take things up a notch with this short excerpt that utilizes various staggered fingerpicking patterns.
We've got the melody and chords to 'Oh Shenandoah' under our fingers but still sounds a bit utilitarian. In this lesson, Trevor will show us some useful techniques to help fill out our sound to create a more complex composition by simply adding a few key notes.
Let's take a break from 'Oh Shenandoah' to focus on a few really useful techniques that will help fill out our sound while adding a level of complexity to our sound. Here, we'll be harmonizing using the thirds of the G-Major Scale.
Our next useful technique will allow us to add some depth to our bass notes by "hopping" between our lower strings to produce a familiar pedaling bass accent.
Our final useful technique before we tackle our full arrangement of 'Oh Shenandoah' is truly the icing on the cake. In this lesson, Trevor will cover a few of his favorite embellishment techniques.
Congratulations! You have arrived at the final lesson of the course. Here, Trevor will utilize all of the skills that we've learned so far to play the full arrangement of 'Oh Shenandoah'!