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Harrison Shaw

Harrison Shaw

Guitar Teacher

Music was not something I was instantly born into and started at an early age believe it or not. Coming from a non musical family, it wasn’t until I turned 15 that the guitar started to speak to me and I began my headlong journey into the incredibly expansive and beautiful world of music. Starting as just an average kid with little to no music experience, I began to take lessons myself from various teachers throughout the years. Beginning with a strong taste and love for genres like Rock, Metal, and Blues, I quickly began to see the huge world of music out there and after growing more comfortable in my roots, I began to continue my journey forward to learn more genres and styles. Emerging from a new found love for Flamenco/Spanish Guitar & World Music, Reggae/Ska, Funk, and more recently Jazz and Classical, I find it to be an incredibly uplifting experience to learn as many genres as possible and be able to be as versatile and original as a musician as I can be.

After a few years of playing in local bands and gigging around the Vancouver area, I noticed myself reaching a limit in my playing and having troubles breaking through that barrier. Speaking with a few close friends that I had met through playing shows downtown, I eventually learnt about the Jazz Studies Program at Capilano University and began looking more into it until I decided that this was exactly what I was searching for to reach that next level. Having virtually no knowledge of how to read music, I found the journey to be something completely different from my comfort zone. Despite this, I continued to push forward and in return have learned more than I could have ever imagined. Learning with and being around other talented musicians from a wide variety of musical styles has been an experience like no other and I couldn’t be happier with what I have learned thus far and can’t wait to continue to pursue my musical education further.

When it comes to teaching, I find that coming from a non musical background myself, that there are more ways than one to learn this art form. There is no right or wrong way to learn how to play music and my main goal is to inspire a passion and make my students excited to pick up their instrument after our lessons and provide them with the tools they need to achieve the goals and skills they desire. With a strong knowledge in Musical Theory, Ear Training, Song Writing, Technique in many genres and styles, and Improvising, I get extremely excited to tackle any topic that we may come across and find it invigorating to see my students improve and become stronger musicians throughout our lessons. The more I learn myself, the more I can’t wait to pass on the knowledge to others and see them grow as I have throughout the years.

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