Contemporary Acoustic Guitar

Phil Schappert

Composer   |   Guitarist

Autobiographical Stuff

I'm a fingerstyle guitarist and composer, a terrestrial ecologist, a nature photographer, and a graphic designer: a regular renaissance guy. I've just released a new solo guitar recording of original contemporary acoustic compositions called One Size Does Not Fit All. You can listen to it in the Media section Bandcamp player. I also play guitar and bouzar with world/celtic music trio, Papilio and we have a new recording, Sociable Butterflies, that is set for release in late October 2018.

Along "life's journey" I acquired a PhD (with Distinction) in Biology from York University, specializing in phytochemistry, botany and entomology; managed a biology station for, and taught at, the University of Texas at Austin; have written scientific papers and articles, a newspaper column, a couple of books on plant-insect interactions and many "popular science" articles; am an accomplished entomophotographer; and do graphic design and provide sound services in my spare time.

Yes, you can call me Dr. Phil (but I also answer to "Hey! You!").

I enjoy listening to, and playing, most kinds of music, especially classic symphonic rock, and the traditional musics of Celtic and Nordic countries, particularly Brittany, celtic Spain and Sweden, as well as a lot of traditional, neo-traditional and contemporary acoustic music. I play guitars made by Irish luthier George Lowden, Nova Scotian luthier Russel Crosby (who also made my bouzar), and others.

Non-Autobiographical Stuff

News, Views & A Few Reviews

Since I posted the first iteration of my guitar site in 2013 much has changed. With the advent of my use of partial capo techniques my writing has evolved past neo-celtic and into contemporary acoustic music. Along the way there have been new guitars, new pieces leading to recordings and, of course, new news...

Tablature Book Now Available!

The Transcription Book (notation & tablature) for One Size Does Not Fit All is now available. The book contains notes and transcriptions of all 15 of the original compositions on the recording. All transcriptions include HQ 320kbps MP3s of the tracks. Contact me for more info or to purchase...

DADGAD & Using Partial Capos

While getting the Transcription Book ready to publish I wrote an introduction to DADGAD Tuning and my Use of Partial Capos. The introduction also includes the tunings, capo used and position of every track on the recording. Just click here to view. Right click, or control-click to download the PDF.

Two Lefts Don't Make It Right

As my first recording drops, I've begun planning and organizing a few older and some exciting new compositions, for a follow-up. I expect to get back into the studio with John, and some guests (!), in 2019 with, hopefully, a late 2019 or early 2020 release. Watch this space...

One Size Does Not Fit All

Well. Finally. After all these years. My first solo recording of original compositions, One Size Does Not Fit All, has seen the light of day. You can audition the tracks and purchase the album for download (in WAV, HQ MP# or FLAC formats) at my Bandcamp page. Woohoo!

Recording is Done!

After a lot of frustration and more than a few false starts (my home studio is not called "Constant Traffic" for nothing), I've finally committed to recording some of my more recent compositions. And it's done! I ended up recording 18 pieces, 15 of which will be on the first release (one will be on the new Papilio CD, Sociable Butterflies). It's about time...

The Tools of the Trade

The right tool for the job, as the saying goes. Key is having the best tools that you can and that means nice guitars. I've been extremely fortunate to acquire some truly great ones. Four of them—a Lowden, a Larrivée, a Crosby multi-scale baritone, and a new Asturias custom model—are highlighted on the new recording. Happiness is a nice guitar...

What Reviewers Are Saying...

  • Papilio's "First Flight" has just been nominated for Traditional Roots Music Album of the Year by Music Nova Scotia and was nominated for Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year at the 2014 East Coast Music Awards. It is easy to understand why. Jennifer Publicover, Anthony Rissesco and Phil Schappert have recorded an exceptional performance with delicate treatment of each piece.

    CD Cover
    Michael Trenholme East Coast Kitchen Party.
  • Once someone reviews my recording "One Size Does Not Fit All," then I'll put a glowing quote in this space. In the meantime, in between time, here are a bunch of words to keep the reviews section from bouncing up and down, constantly resizing and adjusting as the size of the reviews varies, and making you seasick. Really, I'm all about trying to make this a pleasant experience for you...

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    Phil Schappert Certified Curmudgeon.


Current & Past Projects.

As the Chief Cook & Bottle Washer at Taproot Music, I'm involved in music as both a performing and recording artist and as a photographer and graphic designer. Below are some highlights...

New Guitar Music Site

A new complete updated responsive website to coincide with the launch of the new CD. Woohoo!. You're already Here!

One Size Does Not Fit All

Finally. A recording of some of my solo contemporary acoustic guitar pieces. Can another be far behind? Purchase at BandCamp!

Sociable Butterflies

Did the graphic design, along with playing along with my talented bandmates, Jennifer Publicover & Anthony Risessco, for the new Papilio CD. Watercolor by Colin Dorgan ( Visit the Papilio Website!

First Flight

Also did the graphic design of Papilio's ECMA and Music Nova Scotia nominated 2013 CD, First Flight. Visit the Papilio Website

BandCamp Media Player

Some Links to My Music, My Guitars, & Virtual Me...


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