I grew up listening to Will Ackerman and the rest of the Windham Hill gang. It is a tremendous honor all these years later to have become friends and record/tour with Will. Through him I was introduced to so many great people and musicians including the special souls on this exciting new project called 4 Guitars. This was recorded at Imaginary Road Studios by @universal_noises and includes Will Ackerman, @vindownes, @toddmosbymusic and myself playing solo pieces, duets, trios, quartets, staying true to the classic Windham hill sound while throwing in some new influences. The iconic Windham Hill aesthetic shaped all of us on this project individually and now getting to collaborate as a group in the studio and perform live together with that same spirit is such a blast. Honored to be a part of this. The record will be released in the coming months and select tour dates around USA starting this Saturday January 12th 7:30 PM @nextstagearts in Putney VT. Here is a video made by @toddboston and @artfilmstudios giving some of the story behind the project. #windhamhill #fingerstyleguitar #acousticguitar #fingerstylegtr #calmmusic #musictour #willackerman #vindownes #toddmosby #trevorgordonhall
Exactly one year ago yesterday I had a crazy dream. I was kindly invited to play a concert with an unreal lineup of players. I was hanging out with @johnmayer backstage after playing my set and before he went on. I chatted, laughed, ate food and jammed with others on the bill including Steve Miller , David Bromberg, Jorma Kaukonen, Laurence Juber, Nick Forster, Craig Thatcher, Ernie Sites and the great @dickboak . Then to finish the night I somehow found myself onstage playing “The Joker” with everyone together and Steve Miller himself turned to me and said “Kalimba solo!!” Now at this point reality set in that I had worked hard at composing with my Kalimba but sadly remained a dreadful improviser with it :) especially in front of such incredible improvisers. And so with a sore face from smiling the whole night, overflowing with gratitude for every opportunity I had been given, especially being on stage at that moment with that amazing group of people, I just took a deep breath and dove in muddling through an honest attempt at a solo - while having the time of my life. Good lesson to me yet again to just push past fear of failure and try new things without worrying so much. Well I keep seeing videos pop up from time to time of this concert so it appears it was real after all even if it still feels like it was just a dream! Grateful to the man we were celebrating at the concert Dick Boak for his many years at Martin guitar, his friendship, support and for his invitation to me to be a part of this historic concert. I will cherish these memories for the years to come.
Thank you to all who came out to the Greece shows and workshops! I had an amazing time, met many new friends and can’t wait to go back! Thanks to Eva Atmatzidou for organizing the tour and for the great hospitality. Αγαπώ την Ελλάδα 🇬🇷❤️🤘🏻👍🏻🥗🍻🍽🏔🏛
@kalamataguitarfestival was so much fun thank you!!! Athens tonight and then on to Thessaloniki! #greeceisawesome @evaatmatzidou
Thank you for all your support!!! This calls for pizza!!!
Here is a bit of silent night ambient style from a live stream concert a number of years ago. Came across this recently and really need to revisit it! . . . . . #guitaristsofinstagram #instaguitar #guitarsdaily #fingerstyle #guitarplayers #fingerstyleguitar #fingerstylegtr #guitarmelody #sologuitar #silentnight #ambientguitar #christmasmusic #musicisthebest #trevorgordonhall
Years ago I composed this special piece that remains so fulfilling to me and at the same time so hard to play. I find that the distance between composing a song and performing it with precision is immense for me. It is takes work, awareness and often lots of mental games. I put a lot of pressure on myself to try and play perfectly but the lesson I am learning more and more is that playing well is not necessarily playing with perfection. I must practice and prepare well but more importantly I must play notes with true presence of mind and heart. When those things are tuned in, my bumps and scrapes don’t stand in the way of the music. I am posting this clip as therapy to me to let the small things go and just let a melody breathe on its own. It’s possible to choke the potential of things by being too controlling. There are bumps, scrapes and struggle in this clip from a few years ago but the melody carried me through. Music brings me face to face with many life lessons. If you struggle with comparison and perfectionism like I do let’s all just let it go. There are so many great players out there, many on your news feed as you read this. Enjoy them all. Don’t compare your worst playing days to their best posts and think everyone else plays so much cleaner and better. We all struggle. More important is to really honestly live with your melodies. Move with your rhythms. Smile with your harmonies. Breathe with your timing. Music is the celebration of the underlying richness of life. Guitar is one way to access it. Technique is efficiently shortening the distance to it. Performance is bringing others into contact with it. Focus or fear of mistakes then becomes petty in comparison. We should work hard and practice well but I am beginning to see that playing technically perfect may be a healthy goal for some but for me it is the shallow end of the pool. Dive into the deep end. Play well by striving for presence not perfection. . . . . . #guitaristsofinstagram #instaguitar #guitarsdaily #fingerstyle #guitarplayers #fingerstyleguitar #fingerstylegtr #guitarmelody #sologuitar #kalimbatar #kalimba #musicisthebest #trevorgordonhall
Final tour dates of 2018 in USA and Greece! Michigan 🇺🇸 Nov 29 - Lansing - The Robin Theatre Nov 30 - Lake Orion - 20 Front Street (With Bill Russel) Dec 1 - Waterford - Motor City Guitar - Tonewood-Amp Clinic Dec 1 - Livonia - Trinity House Theatre (With Jb Davies) Dec 2 - Detroit - House Concert Greece 🇬🇷 Dec 8 - Kalamata Guitar Festival CONCERT Dec 9 - Kalamata MASTERCLASS Dec 10 - Athens CONCERT Dec 12 - Athens MASTERCLASS Dec 14 - Thessaloniki CONCERT Dec 15 - Giannitsa CONCERT Dec 16 - Thessaloniki and Giannitsa MASTERCLASS All dates with Eva Atmatzidou Details at: www.trevorgordonhall.com/shows PHOTO: @miguelmacielestima
Just wanted to say thank you again to all for a great 2nd tour in Portugal!! More dates coming in 2019! 🇵🇹 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 🇵🇹 Photo by @miguelmacielestima #tourlife #fingerstyle #portugal #touringmusicians #fingerstyleguitar #fingerstylegtr #trevorgordonhall #kalimbatar #musicisthebest