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  • Harry Clapham: Guitar Tutor

    Harry has been playing percussion since he was old enough to swing his arms. From a very early age his one and only love was music, anything and everything at first. He picked up a guitar at age eight in 1994, and it was love at first chord. After five years of classical and folk guitar study, he got his first electric and never looked back. Ever since then he has been consumed by music and the music industry; playing, teaching, listening and discovering. Blues and rock are his favourite styles to play, coming from his roots but after years of diversifying his guitar portfolio Harry is comfortable playing anything from classical to jazz and country.

    He gained a degree in Music Performance from the University of the Highlands and Islands during which time he worked with some of the best teachers the business has to offer and contributed back, working with his classmates and other students. Harry is also a member of the Musicians Union and regularly attends training seminars provided by the Union making sure he keeps up to date with insurance, law and other aspects of the profession. Having reached a point in his academic studies where he felt able to pass on his practical experience effectively, he took to teaching and never looked back.

    Harry has been teaching and playing live for the last decade. He has played at Glastonbury Festival, worked with various well known acts and he has worked with others to provide workshops in everything from group percussion to modern rock performance. He is equally comfortable with a group of twenty young people as he is one to one with an adult beginner. He has accompanied singers, played alone in restaurants and blown the doors off venues with loud rock bands. He is also a keen samba percussion player. He cites performance of one of the highlights of his life and has never suffered from stage fright!

    Outside of music Harry volunteers with several local charities and community groups. He finds time to work for a network of people welcoming asylum seekers and refugees into his local community and Glasgow as a whole and helps other volunteers out as a mentor at another project. Harry likes to keep fit, and reads far more books than is likely to be healthy. He has ambitions of becoming a story teller and tells his friends he doesn’t want to get a life because it feels like he’s trying to live two already!

    Having moved to Glasgow to seek bigger and better challenges teaching and playing music, Harry lives in the south side but spends a considerable amount of time all over the city and in several other places in Scotland including Edinburgh, Fife and Perth, involved where there are good, creative things to be found happening. He is to be found playing, recording, talking about and staring at guitars he can’t afford almost all of the time!

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