Fingerstyle Mastery for all Levels

Adventures in Fingerstyle

Crafting Fingerstyle Melodies

Modern Method for Classical Guitar

The Fingerstyle Collection

Traverse the perilous road to fingerstyle fluency under the guidance of greatness.

Featuring complete, tactical courses from Mike Dawes, Maneli Jamal, Trevor Gordon Hall, and Evan Taucher. Maneli Jamal kicks this collection off with a curriculum for new and returning fingerstylists. His progressive method teaches fundamentals with immediate musical application to keep things fun. Evan Taucher augments the fundamentals with a deep dive into dexterity and stamina. Trevor Gordon Hall ties the fretboard together and deepens the understanding of melody in a fingerstyle context. And lastly, Mike Dawes teaches some of his most popular compositions revealing the inner workings of genius.

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Fingerstyle Mastery for all Levels

Taught by Mike Dawes

Start your fingerstyle foray under the tutelage of a world-class player. Mike Dawes teaches you to go from a fingerstyle newbie to playing some of his most advanced compositions. This course applies to all skill levels.. from the beginner player starting to discover modern fingerstyle techniques, to the seasoned veteran looking to add more dynamic and versitility to their craft.

40 Lessons

This is a full, 6+ hour course featuring 40 step-by-step lessons with full supplemental content.

JamTracks

Accompaning JamTracks included with course to practice and refine the course material.

Interactive Tabs

Tabs powered by Soundslice, the interactive tab software, working natively in your browser.

Guitar Pro

Tabs also provided in Guitar Pro and PDF formats. Tabs are fully downloadable to your devices.

4k and 1080p

Course filmed with 6 cameras and stream in awesome 4k video quality and downloadable in 1080p.

Lessons in this Course
1

Introduction to the Course

Mike Dawes introduces you to his inspirational course. He talks about what you will learn, and what you need to know. Buckle up and get ready for the ride.

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Mike Dawes Gear

From fingernails to pickups, take a close look at the gear that helps Mike create his unique, beautiful sound.

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Travis Picking Technique

Time for a technique overview! Mike walks through the basics of Travis picking to set a good foundation for what's to come.

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Travis Picking Part 2

Mike demonstrates travis picking over the 12-bar blues, a perfect context to get your fingers wrapped around this technique.

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Travis Picking Licks

Learn a lead accompaniment inspired by the late Jerry Reed. This travis picked lick works great over the 12-bar blues.

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Travis Picking Combined

Taking the parts learned in the last two lessons, Mike demonstrates them separately, then we overlay them to hear what they sound like together.

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DADGAD: Scales and Control

DADGAD offers a great stepping stone out of standard tuning. Mike introduces scales and warm-ups to familiarize yourself

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DADGAD: Right Hand Control

Now that we are comfortable with scales in our left hand, Mike introduces right hand exercises that will increase strength and control.

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DADGAD: Movable Shapes

When you changed into DADGAD, it probably felt like you lost your chord shapes. Mike eases you into the change by teaching shapes for this tuning.

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DADGAD: Favorite Chords

Continuing with movable shapes, Mike introduces some of his favorite chord shapes that have proven useful in his own songwriting.

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Getting Creative

So far, we've taken a very technical and theoretical approach to DADGAD. Let's start making music. Mike teaches a beautiful, celtic composition.

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Getting Creative - Somewhere Home

Extracting a section from "Somewhere Home", Mike puts DADGAD tuning to good use. Beware: this song utilizes hammer-ons, trills, and modulates.

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Harmonics

Mike starts into some more advanced techniques, starting with harmonics. These tools are sure to make your playing rise above the fray.

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Harmonics with Chords

Learning to blend harmonics into chords and melodies is next level! Mike teaches an exercise that introduces harmonics into a chord environment.

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Introduction to Tapping

Tapping is an useful technique to extend melodies beyond basic fingerpicking. Mike introduces the concept and introduces an exercise.

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Lap Tapping

Find out how an accident led to Mike discovering a whole new approach to tapping. Lap tapping is an effective way to know your fretboard even better.

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Lap Tapping Part 2

As Mike continues his exploration into horizontal tapping, he breaks down the first section of his song, Still, for a practical study of this technique.

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Lap Tapping Licks

Mike introduces a new, untitled lap tapping riff. We're still hanging out in E minor, but this riff will help increase speed and precision with your tapping.

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Acoustic Tapping Harmonies

Time to put your guitar back in the upright position. Mike starts to delve into some more advanced tapping techniques, including harmonization and percussion.

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Advanced Acoustic Workout

In this "ridiculously, hectic" exercise, Mike takes some familiar shapes and turns them into a beautiful, challenging workout for anyone brave enough to join him.

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Introduction to Percussion

You would never hit your guitar? Well, Mike will convince you otherwise. He introduces his "grid" system which offers a foundation to add percussion.

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The Percussion Grid

As introduced in the previous lesson, Mike expands on the percussion grid and teaches how to create a snare like sound on your guitar.

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Drum Kit Emulation

If you've ever seen a drum kit, there's more than just a kick and snare. We are going to start recreating other sounds found in the world of percussion.

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Adding the Band

Now that we've got a handle on drums, it's time to add guitar! We introduce the fretting hand, both as a percussive element and for adding chords.

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Percussion: Overload

Mike takes a percussive groove from his song, Overload, and breaks it down. This riff takes the grid system and introduces a simple bass line.

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Percussive Riff - Maybe Someday

Mike takes a riff from "Maybe Someday" a song from his first album, "What Just Happened" and breaks it down for us. This riff has a celtic waltz feel and involves subtle percussion.

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New Song - The Old Room

World Premiere of this hauntingly beautiful song, "The Old Room". In this lesson, Mike does a complete playthrough, then breaks down the first verse.

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The Old Room - The Chorus

The chorus of The Old Room opens up into a majestic section with lush, full chords, harmonics, and accented single note runs. Sounds difficult, but it's an achievable challenge!

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The Old Room - Verse 2 and Chorus 2 Variations

Now Mike takes a look at some slight but cool variations in the second verse and second chorus of The Old Room.

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The Old Room - Interlude A and B

Relying heavily on a mix of harmonics, fingerpicking, pull-off's, hammer-on's and percussion, this will be a technical challenge, but it is well worth the effort.

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The Old Room - Interlude C

Interlude C of The Old Room features 3 sub-sections that build off of one another. Starting with a melodic phrase, Mike then adds a little percussion, then adds a lot of percussion. A nice build as we head towards the Outro of the song!

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The Old Room - Outro

Mike closes out the song with this open, free-time outro with dark harmonic tones and heavy reverb. If you don't feel the emotion, check your pulse!

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Boogie Shred - Song Lesson

Building off of what we've learned, Mike is going to break down his song Boogie Shred, section by section, in unparalleled detail. In this first lesson, Mike does a complete playthrough, then shows us the chorus and the main riff.

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Boogie Shred - The Verse

The verse of Boogie Shred is built upon a bass pattern with some simple percussion. From there is escalates, but getting the foundation is key!

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Boogie Shred - The Pre-Chorus

We'll take a look at the pre-chorus of Boogie Shred.

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Boogie Shred - Chorus and Verse Variations

In this lesson, Mike teaches us some cool variations on the verse and chorus of Boogie Shred.

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Boogie Shred - Pre-Chorus 2 and Variations

Now it's time to take a look at some variations in the pre-chorus the second time it comes around.

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Boogie Shred - The Bridge

It sounds crazy, but Mike breaks down the hectic bridge of Boogie Shred and shows that it is actually possible to play!

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Boogie Shred - The Outro

For the final piece of Boogie Shred, we look at the outro, which is a variation of the chorus. Mike then congratulates us on a job well done as he wraps up the entire series.

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Bonus Interview

Mike shares stories and advice from his own experience as a career musician.

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40 Lessons spanning 6+ Hours

Meet Mike Dawes

Mike Dawes is hailed as one of the world’s finest and most creative modern fingerstyle guitar performers. His acclaimed solo music has gained over 50 million hits on popular video sharing sites and since the release of his debut album in 2013 he has toured almost every continent on the planet, with an average of 200 concerts per year.

Mike needs to be seen live to be believed. His ability to create the most unusual tones and textures simultaneously from a single acoustic guitar leaves fellow musicians stunned. Bass, melody, harmony and percussion all seamlessly produced using his signature technical yet intrinsically musical guitar technique.

Mike's background as a respected teacher before (and during) his touring career makes his JamPlay course that much more appealing. His eye for structure and wickedly dry sense of humour translate into all aspects of his live and educational portfolio.

Mike has recorded with and taught multiple grammy winning artists, appeared on film and TV soundtracks, released apps, written for the world’s best selling music magazines and in addition to his solo work, currently performs alongside and in support of the legendary frontman of The Moody Blues, Justin Hayward, the debut live DVD of which entered the US Billboard charts at #2.

Musicians including John Petrucci, Steve Vai, Tosin Abasi, Gotye, Billy Sheehan and James Valentine (Maroon 5) have all spoken of their admiration towards Mike’s work. His sophomore album ‘ERA’ launched in 2017 with an extraordinary cover of Metallica's ‘One’, gaining over 30 million views in under a week.

Adventures in Fingerstyle

Taught by Maneli Jamal

Build your fingerstyle skillset with a thorough, patient and step-by-step course from Maneli Jamal. We start from the ground floor with simple lesson for the fingerstyle basic, then ramp up to include techniques such as simple percussion, harmonics and chord slaps. We then merge these techniques to get your playing songs applying all principles. 36 lessons in 4k quality with supporting tabs and play-along tracks.

36 Lessons

This is a full, 15+ hour course featuring 36 step-by-step lessons with full supplemental content.

4k and 1080p

Course filmed with 6 cameras and stream in awesome 4k video quality and downloadable in 1080p.

Interactive Tabs

Tabs powered by Soundslice, the interactive tab software, working natively in your browser.

Practice Help

Know what to practice after each lesson with guided suggestions, tabs, jamtracks and more.

Guitar Pro

Tabs also provided in Guitar Pro and PDF formats. Tabs are fully downloadable to your devices.

Lessons in this Course
1

Series Introduction

Maneli Jamal introduces himself and his course. Learn what you can expect to get out of "Adventures in Fingerstyle.:

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Fingerstyle Basics 1

We’ll learn some Fingerstyle Basics that will make the rest of the course easier to play and learn.

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Fingerstyle Basics 2

Developing your picking patterns, and learning to be economical in your picking is very key to being a proficient fingerstyle player. Maneli gives us some great exercises in this lesson to help us develop these skills.

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Fingerstyle Basics 3

In this lesson, Maneli continues to show us how to develop a strong picking hand. We dive into 3/4 time and a different chord progression that will definitely be challenging!

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Scales with Bass on the Down Beat 1

Now we're going to learn some right hand independence by playing scales with bass notes on the beat. These exercises are not only fun but will also boost your skill tremendously.

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Scales with Bass on the Down Beat 2

In this lesson Maneli teaches some note skipping musical sequences in the E major scale, while continuing to use the bass note on the down beat. These kinds of exercise are very helpful in developing thumb independence!

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Scales with Triplets on Top 1

By now, you should start noticing thumb independence and finger dexterity coming more into focus. Now we will go over sequences of four notes at a time in the E major scale with triplets ringing strings 1 and 2 out as drones.

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Scales with Triplets on Top 2

In a continuation of the last lesson, let's go over another sequence of four notes at a time in the E major scale with triplets ringing strings 1 and 2 out as drones.

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Tapping 1

Tapping is a great tool that can be used to create the sound of two guitars without ever having to pluck a note! The tricky part is learning to manage the volume of the tapped notes. These exercises are designed to develop right hand tapping on the fretboard while creating cool bass lines!

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Tapping 2

Picking up where we left off in the previous lesson, we now look at the adding the left hand to mix, creating different musical parts. This will add a completely new dimension to your playing!

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Harmonic Slaps 1

Harmonic slaps can be thought of as one of the first forays into using percussion on the acoustic guitar. In this lesson, Maneli breaks down the mechanics of the harmonic slap and why it is such a useful tool!

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Harmonic Slaps 2

Here we will learn how to coordinate both left and right hands to play some more advanced patterns of two hand tap, strumming and harmonic slaps.

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Percussion 1

The acoustic guitar is basically a big wooden box, so it makes sense that it sounds pretty good as a drum! Learning how and where to hit this "drum" is what Maneli will talk about in this lesson. Then, he will give us some basic exercises that will get us on our way in using the guitar as a percussion instrument.

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Percussion 2

We learned the basics of "hitting" the guitar in the last lesson, now it's time to add some functionality from the left hand. We'll learn how to hold chords with the left hand while the right hand is doing basic percussion.

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Chord Percussion 1

What is chord percussion? It's the technique where you impact the strings of the guitar (while holding a note or chord) as well as giving it a percussive hit - all with the same hand, at the same time. Maneli gives us some great lessons to practice this technique.

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Chord Percussion 2

In this lesson, Maneli shows us how to coordinate our hammer-ons and pull-offs with our percussion hits. It's starting to sound like a one man band!

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Fingerstyle Picking with Slaps

Sometimes we don't need full on percussion in a song, but maybe we want just a little rhythmic enhancement. This lesson helps us work on subtle slap that can add just that touch of rhythm you may be looking for!

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Fingerstyle Picking with Slaps 2

Now, let's add in a more complex rhythm pattern. The key here is to take it slow, and treat the slap as another note in your pattern.

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Fingerstyle Picking with Slaps 3

This slap is slightly different than the previous two lessons. Now, instead of just using the thumb to slap the low strings, we're using the entire hand in a "claw" shape. This technique works well when you're playing across a chord progression.

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Advanced Two-Hand Tapping

Now, we will learn some more patterns with the two hand tap technique in 4/4 timing. Keeping the bass notes consistent is the key to making these exercises smooth. Your left hand will be tapping two notes at a time, so it will take some brain power at first to get your hands around this!

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Advanced Two-Hand Tapping 2

Having your fingers prepared when doing two handed tapping, can make all the difference in the world. Maneli explains exactly what this means in this lesson that showcases how to use the two hand tap in a more complex way to create a fuller sound.

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Advanced Harmonic Slaps

Maneli expands on the harmonic slaps that we learned in previous lessons by adding a second slapping finger on the right hand. This technique allows you to play faster lines using the harmonic slap.

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Advanced Fingerstyle Picking

Let's take a look at one of Maneli's favorite fingerpicking patterns. This pattern is in the unusual time signature of 9/8. Take this exercise slow, and in no time you will fall into the natural motion of this pattern!

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Advanced Fingerstyle Picking 2

Using the "claw" slap to create a basic groove is what this lesson is focusing on. The tricky thing here is that now, we're pairing that slap with a more complex fingerpicking pattern. Again, slow and steady at first, then you'll be grooving in no time!

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Advanced Fingerstyle Picking 3

Here's a unique technique where the thumb and index finger are doing double duty on the low E string. Add to that a percussive slap on beat 3, and you've got a unique percussion/picking pattern that you can get a lot of mileage out of!

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Rhythmic Grooves

In this lesson, the multi-hit percussive groove takes center stage. This is a precursor to more complex percussion techniques, but we must first crawl before we walk! We will start with a simple chord progression on the left hand, so that we can focus more on the "hits".

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Rhythmic Grooves 2

Taking another step forward, we now add more 8th notes to the groove to fill it out more while doing some left hand hammer-ons. This creates a much fuller sound when coupled with the right hand that's keeping the beat.

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Rhythmic Grooves 3

Taking grooves to the next level, Maneli uses hammer-ons, palm mutes and percussive hits to establish this groove based around an A major chord.

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Artificial Harmonics

Most of us know what natural harmonics are, and what they sound like. An artificial harmonic is a slightly different animal. In this lesson, Maneli looks at the basics of artificial harmonics, and the best way to get this beautiful sound.

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Artificial Harmonics 2

Now, Maneli explores the use of hammer-ons and pull-offs with the left hand while plucking artificial harmonics with the right. This is a more complex technique to be sure, but the affected sound is something you'll use for a long time!

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Fingerpicking Patterns in 6/8

Playing in 6/8 requires a certain feel of being laid-back, and frankly, being patient when playing at slower tempos. This lesson is designed to use some of the percussive slaps we've worked on already, but put them into a different feel, so that you can see them at work in other contexts.

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Fingerpicking Patterns in 6/8 - 2

Adding to our 6/8 feel, our percussive slaps and our basic picking, we mix in the use of hammer-on and pull-off techniques. We will be plucking bass notes with our thumb while plucking the high notes with our fingers for added fullness.

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Fingerpicking Patterns in 6/8 - 3

Now we add another level of complexity - left hand tapping and harmonic strums! In this lesson, we'll learn how to control our timing in the 6/8 feel, adding thumb slaps and harmonics while keeping the groove.

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Fingerpicking Synchrodestiny Part 1

Let's learn a section of one of Maneli's songs - "Synchrodestiny". In this first part, we'll learn the chord progression, which will prepare us for learning the melody in the next lesson.

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Fingerpicking Synchrodestiny Part 2

In example two of "Synchrodestiny", we'll incorporate the melody, which in part can be drawn out of the chord progression. The picking pattern and melody we will learn in this lesson will prepare us for the thumb slaps and palm hits in the next lesson.

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Fingerpicking Synchrodestiny Part 3

And now the full spectrum of this section of Maneli's song, "Synchrodestiny". We will add the percussive elements to the chords, and picking pattern that we learned in the previous lesson.

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36 Lessons spanning 15+ Hours

Meet Maneli Jamal

Award winning guitarist, Maneli Jamal has lived in five different countries, (Iran, Belarus, Germany, USA, Canada) and moved twenty times by the time he was 18. The young artist gained a sense of musical maturity rarely seen among his peers especially when he transforms his life experiences into music using extended guitar techniques. There aren't many players in his style that have Jamal's balance of power and sensitivity, nor his breadth of ideas.

Maneli has won numerous music competitions around the world, including placing 1st at Canada's Soundclash Music Awards. Having been brought up in a purely artistic and musical family has contributed to shape his unique and comical story telling approach in live settings. He has already performed in 5 continents and 17 countries as a solo performer, has a signature model acoustic guitar, and was on the front cover of 2015 Toronto magazine. The world is his home and he plays from one end to the other.

He has enamored audiences with his visual style of playing acoustic guitar. He incorporates many musical textures in his performances while keeping rhythm with his two hands. You've got to visually see him live to experience what you thought is possible with the acoustic guitar. He has reached 30 million Spotify plays, 5 million video views and 100,000+ followers on social media sites making him an artist to watch for.

Crafting Fingerstyle Melodies

Taught by Trevor Gordon Hall

Rated one of the top 30 guitarists in the world under 30 years old by Acoustic Guitar magazine, Trevor's style ranges from driving rhythms to delicate melodic themes. It's these melodies we aim to unlock with this 38 lesson course. By embracing the idea that there are multiple ways to play any note, this course hopes to tie the fretboard together and deepen your understanding of melody in a fingerstyle context.

38 Lessons

This is a full, 12+ hour course featuring 38 step-by-step lessons with full supplemental content.

4k and 1080p

Course filmed with 6 cameras and stream in awesome 4k video quality and downloadable in 1080p.

Interactive Tabs

Tabs powered by Soundslice, the interactive tab software, working natively in your browser.

Practice Help

Know what to practice after each lesson with guided suggestions, tabs, jamtracks and more.

Guitar Pro

Tabs also provided in Guitar Pro and PDF formats. Tabs are fully downloadable to your devices.

Lessons in this Course
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Crafting Fingerstyle Melodies: Series Introduction

Fingerstyle guitar is a broad term that can incorporate percussive elements of playing as well as Chet Atkins/Jerry Reed amazing flurry of notes approach and so much more in between. This course is meant to navigate through gems found on both sides of the tradition, shining light on how to use those ideas to polish and enhance melodic playing. By fully embracing the idea that there are multiple ways to play a single note, this course hopes to tie the fretboard together and deepen exploration of all the colorful melodic potential the guitar has to offer.

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Proper Placement

We are working towards polishing and crafting melody in this course. This can be difficult to develop without looking at possible inefficiencies in how we are holding our arms, hands, and guitar. In this lesson we will talk through how to use the natural movements of arms, hands, wrist and fingers to our advantage. This will allow us to start from a neutral position and help ensure we are not fighting against our own limbs with unnecessary tension when playing.

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Building Finger Intuition

Working towards how to really craft melody we will focus on using good right hand technique while switching left hand chords. This is important to gain comfort with because as we move on to other left hand fretboard changes, the right hand should develop an auto-pilot stable technique.

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Crossing Strings

Melody is our goal. Playing it well and with color. In this lesson we will focus on a very important technique to help cross strings with ease and confidence. Melody requires one note after another regardless of where you play it so crossing strings with precision can make or break the flow.

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Course Overture Exercises Pt 1

This batch of exercises serves as a sort of overture for what the rest of this course will cover. Each exercise will start with a D chord and add on a different ending. Each ending will highlight a specific idea that we will explore in more detail as we work towards crafting a melody. They will start fairly simply and work up in complexity.

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Course Overture Exercise Pt 2

Let's expand the second half of each exercise with more movement in the left hand. It’s important to keep notes ringing as long as possible. We will cover how to use these exercises to start thinking about independent notes not just chord blocks.

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String Crossing Arpeggios

Now, we will talk about how to pivot over strings with thumb while crossing as well as a moveable shape you can use anywhere on the fretboard. The pattern will always play one note per string string until you get to the high E and then turn around and go back down.

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Arpeggio Chord Shapes

In this lesson, we will take the same right hand finger patterns and change up the left hand. If we have a major pattern, a minor pattern, a dominant, and an inversion of major, we can play almost any progression using arpeggios. We will start with these and then move them around the fretboard.

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Connecting Arpeggio Chords

Working towards melody will require good understanding of various chords in arpeggio form. We are working up to a full etude that will hop all around the fretboard while still maintaining same patterns we have been discussing.

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Moving Arpeggio Chords: A Major - F# Minor

Now we'll be expanding on more changes with the same shapes while building to our Etude. We will start with our now familiar Major 9 pattern and move into placing the minor 9 pattern on low part of the neck. This will require some stretching, so remember to always analyze thumb position. Pay attention to not just the finger sequence but the overall shape.

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Moving Arpeggio Chords: A Major - F# Dominant

Let's expand again! On to the A Major and F# Dominant shapes.

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Moving Arpeggio Chords: D Major - B Dominant

"Hopefully now you're starting to get the hang of this! Let's look at the D Major - B Dominant shapes in this lesson. It’s important to remember you want to be able to play each arpeggio starting from any point in the shape. "

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Moving Arpeggio Chords: F - E Dominant

We want to continue our goal being comfortable with every shape we have learned on different parts of the neck. This lesson will highlight putting some of these shapes in open position, as well as deepening more practice of other positions.

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Moving Arpeggio Chords: D - A 1st Inversion

Now on to Dmajor to A First Inversion. Be sure to play each exercise and listen for the sound color of each. What do these sounds make you think of? What mental image or mood or feeling? These can better help you remember them and then apply when you need that color or mood in your own playing or composing.

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Moving Arpeggio Chords: D - A 1st Inv. Bm - A 1st Inv.

Let's move on to the last shapes in this section: D - A First Inversion - Bm-A First Inversion.

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Creating Apreggio Progressions Etude

Now let’s put all of those shapes together in a progression. You can see how much mileage you can get out of one right hand crossing string picking pattern.

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Understanding Open Strings

Using open strings can sometimes be a confusing proposition. Normally when we ascend in pitch we go up fretboard OR to higher strings but now when using open strings sometimes you have to go to a higher string for a lower pitch, or a lower string for a higher pitch. Let your ear guide you and fingers will follow!

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Banjo Roll Technique

Now we will take the same right hand patterns we've been working on with a few minor tweaks, and add in some open strings. This will change the way we approach playing scales and melodies. Go slowly and be careful to follow the right hand fingerings as we seek to emulate the picking patterns of a banjo.

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Rethinking Melody to Include Open Strings

The concept of utilizing the open strings we have available will be very important in your fingerstyle journey, so make sure you go slow and learn this new way of thinking. Open strings throw a lot of confusion into our normal scale pattern thinking but as we build you will see how important this is for crafting our melodies. Enjoy those ringing strings!

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Traids and Open Strings Etude

Now that we have some open string ideas let’s shift to some arpeggio triad shapes incorporating what we have covered so far. Each small chunk of this etude can be seen as its own exercise so have fun breaking it down or playing it altogether. This one gets the fingers cooking so expect a workout burn as you play it.

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Adding Harmonics and Open Strings Pt 1

Let's put all of this together with harmonics not just being used for color but for sustaining melody notes similar to a piano sustain pedal. This frees us up to really extend sustaining life of the melody and gives us freedom for color and expression

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Adding Harmonics and Open Strings Pt 2

In part two, be sure to practice getting clean right hand and left hand harmonics. Go only as fast as you can play evenly in tempo making sure you don’t memorize gaps between the notes and the harmonics.

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Arpeggios with Open Strings and Harmonics

Remember, this course is all about finding different ways to play a note. In this lesson, we look at some arpeggio shapes, but look to use our open strings and harmonics to accomplish the goal of the course.

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Coloring in a Melody

Coloring a melody can be a multi faceted task on the guitar. We can use harmonics, open strings and fretted notes. Here we look at some ways to affect a melody and get some of these concepts under our fingers.

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Triad Melody Etude Pt 1

Let's now take a look at the Triad Melody Etude. This etude incorporates chord movements, open strings and harmonics - all things we have been working on!

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Triad Melody Etude Pt 2

In this lesson, we will finish up learning the Triad Melody Etude. Be sure to take each section slowly and spend plenty of time with it, and you will have it down before you know it!

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Modulating Melody Etude - Part 1

This etude will fully explore what we have been discussing. It modulates keys a few times while still using harmonics, open strings and thinking melodically.

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Modulating Melody Etude - Part 2

Now, the next section of the Modulating Melody Etude.

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Modulating Melody Etude - Part 3

Now we come to the last part of the Modulating Melody Etude. Try playing each section together slowly and make sure to let harmonics ring out as long as possible. Sometimes this requires being extra careful with left hand when switching to new chords not to stop the string from resonating. Let you ear guide you.

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Taking Care of Your Hands

Playing fingerstyle can put a lot of demands on your hands and arms. Being able to take proper care of yourself is a must! In this lesson, Trevor shows us some of his go to exercises and tools for keeping his hands in the best possible shape.

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Nail Care

Trevor is always asked about his nails! In this lesson, he gives a comprehensive, step by step tutorial of exactly what his regimen is regarding his nails. A must see for any fingerstyle player!

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Structured Spontaneity

“Inspiration is for Amateurs..The rest of us just show up and get to work”... In other words, don't simply wait for inspiration to strike, instead put the work it and it will come! Learning how to practice can be just as challenging as what you are actually practicing. Here, Trevor gives us a detailed look into his practice routine that he has spend years refining!

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The Meeting at the Window - Song Lesson, Part 1

In this lesson, Trevor takes us through his song, "The Meeting at the Window". The lesson begins with a complete playthrough, followed by an in depth teaching of the first section of the song.

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The Meeting at the Window - Song Lesson, Part 2

Now, the middle section of Trevor's song, "The Meeting at the Window".

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The Meeting at the Window - Song Lesson, Part 3

Trevor wraps up the teaching of his song, "The Meeting at the Window".

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That Old Familiar Pain - Song Lesson, Part 1

Now we get to take an in depth look at Trevor's beautiful song, "That Old Familiar Pain". Trevor will go through the piece step by step. This this first part, we get a complete playthrough, followed by the teaching of the first section of the song. Enjoy!

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That Old Familiar Pain - Song Lesson, Part 2

Trevor teaches us the middle section of his song "That Old Familiar Pain".

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That Old Familiar Pain - Song Lesson, Part 3

Trevor wraps us his song "That Old Familiar Pain" by teaching us the last section of the songs, which includes a little bit of percussion!

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38 Lessons spanning 12+ Hours

Meet Trevor Gordon Hall

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.

Modern Method for Classical Guitar

Taught by Evan Taucher

Award-winning guitarist Evan Taucher has toured the globe (and earned both Bachelor's and Masters Degrees) perfecting the "modern method" of classical guitar, and now presents it to you in a clean, step-by-step format. Classical guitar education can be very outdated. Get up to speed with classical fluency much quicker with contemporary ideas combined with seasoned pedigree.

30 Lessons

This is a full, 8+ hour course featuring 30 step-by-step lessons with full supplemental content.

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Course filmed with 6 cameras and stream in awesome 4k video quality and downloadable in 1080p.

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Know what to practice after each lesson with guided suggestions, tabs, jamtracks and more.

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Lessons in this Course
1

Series Introduction: Classical Guitar for the Modern Guitarist

In the classical guitar world, there seems to be a lot outdated instructional advice. And while this type of information can be helpful for some, the road to technical and music fluency can be traveled much quicker when you are supplied with modern technical ideas combined with scientific thought. Evan Taucher introduces us to to some of the tools he'll be using in his course that helped him build his chops from the ground up.

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Positioning the Guitar

Before we play any notes, let's get back to the basics of just sitting with the guitar and exploring proper body alignment. While it's tempting to skip this section, it's important to know that even Evan revisits these concepts periodically throughout his career, and it almost always results in a breakthrough after reconsidering this information!

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Setting up Your Picking Hand

Aligning your right hand might be the most important part of setting up your playing position when starting classical guitar, especially if you’re coming from playing another style of guitar playing. Preparing your fingers is essential to making sure you develop a consistent and accurate movement and sound on the guitar.

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Nail Shaping

Nails are the way that classical guitarists make a louder and more clear and accurate sound. That being said, it is actually possible to play without them, but with using nails, you also learn to use the flesh of your fingers in conjunction with the use of nails. Having nails can only add possibilities. It’s important to understand that people’s nails come in all sizes, shapes, and strengths. And not just nails, but how the tips of our fingers are shaped . In this lesson, Evan is going to show you his method of shaping nails that helps you determine what shape might be right for you.

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How to Create a Good Sound

Now, lets talk about some perspectives about sound and our instrument. Perhaps the three most important characteristics of a good sound are consistency, the direction the string is pushed, and the release of the string. Of course in many ways, tone is a personal preference, and in this lesson, we get get a close up look of Evan's preferences!

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Rest Stroke

The rest stroke is a critical part of plucking hand technique, as well as a key component of the sound we get from our instrument. Evan shows us what a rest stroke is, and how to execute it properly.

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Free Stroke

Free stroke is when a plucking hand finger is free from any obligation of resting on the next string. After releasing the string, it floats back into position without touching other strings. Since we often play complex pieces involving lines running simultaneuously on several strings, we must be able to play melodies without involing any other strings than the one we’re playing on.

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Alternating Picking Fingers

You can think of the idea of not alternating fingers as trying to walk down the street while just using your left foot. It’s impractical. That being said, walking takes us quite a while to learn as children, and we all fell down a lot! And it takes a lot longer before we can run. The sky is the limit when it comes to speed, but contrary to popular belief, its not so much about how fast you can move your fingers, but about establishing a fast reflex and controlling how far you let your fingers move through the string and the distance to which they release to.

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Pluck and Release of Tension

Not releasing tension, or not quickly relasing tension after plucking in the right hand may be one of the most common limiting factors guitarists have. Holding tension creates all sorts of problems musically and technically. You can bump into other strings by accident, you make larger, inefficient motions, and this leads to a technical limitation. When you relax quickly, you pluck again quickly. Fortunately, this is something easily trained, and you will notice the results everywhere!

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Evan's PIMAMI Etude

Now we come to our first etude. This etude encompasses all the concepts and techniques we've talked about so far in the series. Evan teaches the etude, and gives advice on how to approach the more difficult sections.

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Using the Right Hand Thumb

The right hand thumb can be used for a variety of tasks - it’s definitely the most versitle of the right hand fingers. It’s mostly used for bass lines, but is also used to play parts of chords, full chords and also melodies. We must train the thumb to do quite a few tasks!

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Evan's Thumb Etude

In this etude it’s important to make a musical line out of the repeating thumb strokes. It’s all too common to just pluck away with no musical thought in the bass line. Since we are using very few other right hand fingers, we should be able to focus on creating a beautiful line with just our p (thumb) finger. After all, that's the bass line! If it's practiced diligently now, your ear and mind will be focused on this for years to come!

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Developing the Common Arpeggio Patterns

Guitar, from its origins was and is all about patterns - in the left and the right hands. It’s quite a unique instrument in that way. That being said, there are a few patterns we need to master by practicing them every day. In this lesson, you’ll see how practice of these patterns pays off quickly as they are used in the example piece and all throughout the classical guitar repertoire.

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Evan's Arpeggio Etude

In this etude you have a mixture of some of the arpeggio exercises that we practiced in the previous lesson. This etude is quite beautiful and should prove to be a great way to practice these patterns in the context of music and reap the fruits of your labor! Of course, they aren’t exactly the same patterns, but the skills that you built from careful practice of the previous exercise will lead you to play this a lot more smoothly!

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Proper Use of the Left Hand

Now that we’re getting a bit more complex with adding the left hand into the mix, it’s important to talk about some of the fundamentals of this hand. These concepts are fairly intuitive, but are shockingly overlooked by most teachers and self-learners. This is an effective way of learning how the pressure that is applied to the strings should be distributed. Let gravity do the work and not just your muscles!

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Placement of the Left Hand Fingers

It’s time to start developing some good habits regarding where we place our fingers. On the guitar, we unfortunately have to be very careful about how we place our fingers due to the strings being so close together. Let's join Evan as he gives us all the pertinent information about left hand finger placement.

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Preparing Plucking Hand Fingers

One of the most valuable ways to train our plucking hand to be efficient is by practicing preparing our fingers on the strings before plucking the string. What this does, is it elimates any excess movements between right hand strokes. It’s important to do this exercise extremely slow to make sure you are preparing your fingers as fast as possible!

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Combining Elements Etude

Now Evan is going to teach you one of his favorite pieces by M. Carcassi. This is a particularly useful piece because it combines and rapidly alternates between repeated notes and arpeggios. Working on this will ensure that you develop both your repeated notes and your arpeggios at the same level.

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Right Hand Voicing Balance

One of our biggest struggles as classical guitarists is balancing the voices. Imagine a piano, it’s pretty easy to make the left hand louder than the right or vice-versa. But on the guitar, That balance all has to happen in our right hand. Therefore, we must practice bringing out specific notes in a block chord, so that you are able to account for any situation!

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String Crossing

In an ideal world, we would only have to cross the strings in the easiest way, where our natural hand position compliments the way we move from one string to another. However, in reality, we always have tricky passages where not-ideal string crossings are necessary. Here are several exercises we can practice to make us experts at all forms of string crossings.

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Ascending Slurs

Quality Slurs (hammer-ons and pull offs) are an essentail skill for guitarists to develop in order to play legato. The most common problem with slurs is uneveness. So, when we begin to play fast, it sounds off rhythmically. The way to remedy this is to practice with a metronome starting very slowly!

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Descending Slurs

In general, we can think of descending slurs as a left hand rest stroke through the string. However, we don’t stay resting on the next string, we just touch it and go. It’s a sort-of snapping motion. If you’re an electric guitar player, this will likely be a fresh concept for you. With electric guitar, sustain is so long that we don’t often have to snap off the string like we do on classical. The snapping motion is essential for a long sustain and an equal quality sound compared to the articulation.

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Introduction to Scales

This subject is something guitarists obsess over. We play an instrument that is unusually difficult to play scales on. Scales are all about the perfect coordination between your left and right hand. Many other instruments rely on far less variables. The saxophone, or any wind instrument, you just keep your breath going, and move your fingers. On the guitar, we must coordinate our left and right hands perfectly to even produce a note

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Scale Bursts

We might have heard the advice that practicing scales in bursts is a good idea, but we lightly grasp the concept. Why is this a good idea? Because we can only begin to imagine being able to play fast and build that facility if we can at first play a burst fast. And what does playing a burst fast mean? Coordinating our left and right hands perfectly.

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Pressure and Release: Buzz Exercise

“Buzzing” is a fantastic way to measure how much pressure you’re applying in your pieces, and it’s a great exercise for mindful practice. Most of the time as guitarists, we’re oversqueezing especially in the early stages of playing. Some, their whole career without special attention. Oversqueezing is a huge limiter in developing speed and control, and leads to fatiguing quickly when performing.

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Octave Chromatic Scale

How your fingers traverse the fingerboard vertically is directly related to how smooth and legato you are able to play. It sounds too simple, but the grace that you have when moving from note to note is imperative to connecting lines, especially when you have several lines at once. You may be able to connect a single melody very well, but what happens when you involve other fingers? Let’s find out!

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Introduction to Tremolo

The mythical tremolo! As they say, tremolo encapsulates most guitar technique. If you have good arpeggios and scales, you’ll likely have good tremolo technique in no time. Tremolo is all about right hand coordination and control. One of the biggest problems people have in tremolo is with the timing and preparation of the thumb. This lesson attempts to solve that!

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Introduction to Rasgueados

Now let's take a look at rasgueados, which is when you flick the strings from the opposite direction than usual. It creates a percussive and aggressive sound. Even if we're not flamenco guitarists, us classical guitarists can benefit greatly from practicing these!

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Introduction to AMI Scales

AMI scales are trending once again - about 20 years ago, it was much more rare to incorporate these. Essentially, it’s a way to play faster without increasing your i-m speed. It does come with some HUGE difficulties, though. Join Evan as he examines these difficulties and helps us get over these hurdles!

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Dealing with Performance Anxiety

In this lesson, Evan gives us some practical advice for overcoming performance anxiety, something that he himself has struggled with in the past. The key is to have a performance mindset when you're practicing!

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30 Lessons spanning 8+ Hours

Meet Evan Taucher

American classical guitarist, Evan Taucher, was born in 1992 and began studying the classical guitar at age 19. Since then, he has won numerous prizes in national and international competitions and has received worldwide acclaim.

Taucher won 8 separate prizes in professional competitions throughout the United States including 1st prizes in the Schubert Club Competition, Appalachian State Guitar Competition, and the SIYAO instrumental competition where he competed against all instruments and ensembles. In 2017 and 2019, Taucher was awarded grants from the U.S. Embassy to represent that United States at the GuitarArt festival in Belgrade, Serbia.

In the summers of 2014 and 2015, he performed at Busch Gardens Tampa on both solo classical and electric guitar with the award-winning Burn the Floor dance company. Taucher was also the first guitarist to enter the University of Texas at Austin’s prestigious Artist Diploma program where he studied with Adam Holzman. In 2018, Taucher was chosen from all North American applicants as the Magellan Scholar which funded his studies at the Universitat d’Alacant in Spain for a Máster en Interpretación de Guitarra Clásica where he currently studies.

Evan holds a Bachelor of Music from Florida State University where he studied with Bruce Holzman, as well as a Master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with Rene Izquierdo. During his studies, Taucher had classes with musical luminaries such as John Williams, Alvaro Pierri, Sergio and Odair Assad, Aniello Desiderio, and Jakob Lindberg among others.

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