Guitar is a gateway instrument. Popular and inexpensive, once you learn a few chords, you can play songs. It’s a portable orchestra and ideal songwriting tool.
Shawn has been teaching multiple styles of music on the acoustic and electric guitar for over 20 years, and playing for 30. His students have been as young as 5 and as old as 80 in both one on one and classroom settings. Shawn has performed in many professional bands including rock, blues, jazz, country and all original.
Below are some sample lists of bands, artists, and songs Shawn has taught over the years.
The Beatles-Stawberry Fields, A Day In The Life, Revolution etc.
Jimi Hendrix-Voodoo Chile, Wind Cries Mary, All Along Watchtower etc.
The Rolling Stones-Start Me Up, Brown Sugar, Jumpin’ Jack Flash etc
Santana-Evil Ways, Black Magic Woman
Led Zeppelin-Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Rain Song etc.
Pink Floyd-Time, Another Brick In The Wall, Comfortably Numb etc.
The Who-Pinball Wizard, Can’t Explain, Baba O’riley etc.
Eric Clapton-Cream, solo stuff, etc.
Fleetwood Mac-Oh Well, Landslide, Rhiannon
ACDC-Highway To Hell, Back In Black, Shook Me All Night Long etc
The Allman Brothers
If you don’t see it, odds are I can learn it quickly and teach it to you.
Stevie Ray Vaughn
The Rolling Stones
John Lee Hooker
I’m partial to travis style finger picking blues such as songs like Freight Train and Sugar Babe.
Note-I’m very partial to playing swing style jazz rhythm on the guitar!
Sunny Side Of The Street
All Of Me
Georgia On My Mind
St James Infirmary
Shine On Harvest Moon
What A Wonderful World
Over The Rainbow
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
I’m Sitting On Top Of The World
The Pink Panther Theme
Dark Town Strutter’s Ball
Stormy Monday Blues
Bob Dylan-You name it!
Simon & Garfunkel- Sounds of Silence, I Am A Rock, The Boxer etc.
Cat Stevens-Father & Son, Wild World, Peace Train etc
Iron & Wine
Crosby, Stills & Nash
The Grateful Dead-Ripple, Friend Of The Devil etc.
The Pogues (Irish folk/rock)
Many Bluegrass Standards such as Tennessee Waltz, Old Home Place, Sailor’s Hornpipe etc.
The Simpsons Theme Song