Contemporary Acoustic Guitar

Phil Schappert

Composer   |   Guitarist

Autobiographical Stuff

I'm a composer, a fingerstyle guitarist, a terrestrial ecologist, a nature photographer, a graphic designer…a regular renaissance guy. My first solo guitar recording of original contemporary acoustic compositions called One Size Does Not Fit All is out (finally!) and you can listen to tracks at my Bandcamp page or in the Media section below. You can purchase a download from the Bandcamp page or a physical CD and/or download directly from me (ordering directly from me is strongly preferred!) by using the contact form below or via email .

I have an Honours BSc (Biology) from Trent University and a PhD (Biology) from York University in the fields of phytochemistry, botany and entomology. I've managed a biology station for, and taught Ecology and Conservation Biology 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 have done graphic design and concert sound services in my spare time.

I play, and listen to, most kinds of music, especially the traditional musics of Celtic and Nordic countries, particularly Brittany, celtic Spain and Sweden, as well as a lot of other traditional, neo-traditional and contemporary acoustic music. Until recently I played guitar and bouzar with world/celtic music trio, Papilio and we have two recordings available, First Flight and Sociable Butterflies. Another solo recording is in the works!

Non-Autobiographical Stuff

News, Views & A Few Reviews

Since I first posted a solo guitar site in 2013 much has changed. My development and use of partial capo techniques over DADGAD tuning, and the resulting new compositions, have moved me past neo-celtic guitar and into contemporary acoustic music. Along the way there have been new ideas, new pieces, a new recording (or two) and, of course, new guitars...

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adding levers to a Harp Guitar

After a lot of humming & hawing, I finally bought a harp guitar, a Timberline T30HGc. All mahogany with Macassar ebony, it's just beautiful. But it was missing something important: the ability to adapt to my frequent DADGAD and partial capo mode & key changes. So I added sharping levers to the sub-bass strings! I expound (at length!), with photos, on how I did this on Gregg's Blogg.

New Tools of the Trade

Over the past year I've added a few new instruments to my posse: a custom Crosby TF "cittar" (a 10-string guitar-shaped cittern with a hybrid "Swedish-style" bridge), a Rainsong hybrid carbon/glass fibre guitar, and a Timberline T30HGc Harp Guitar. The Timberline is, simply put, a beast and the Rainsong is such a revelatory and impressive instrument that I see an Emerald X30 fan fret in my future!

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 purchased tabs, single tabs or the book, will 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 for every track on the recording. Just click here to view. Right click, or control-click to download the PDF.

Two Lefts Won't Make It Right

When my first recording dropped, I was already planning and organizing a couple of older—and a dozen or so exciting new compositions—for a follow-up, Two Lefts Don't Make It Right. I'm back in the studio early in 2020 with, hopefully, a late 2020 release. Watch this space...

One Size Does Not Fit All

Well. Finally! After all these years. A 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 MP3 or FLAC formats) at my Bandcamp page, or better (!) directly from me . Woohoo!

What People Are Saying...

  • Phil Schappert's inventive guitar work is a joy to hear.

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    Maritimes Music Shelburne, NS (Feb. 15, 2019)
  • Just wanted to drop a line and let you know that your playing is spectacular.

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    Curtis T. Montreal, PQ (Sep. 3, 2019)
  • Greetings from the West Coast! Thanks so much for your music.

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    Bruce M. Saanichton, BC (Dec. 13, 2019)
  • …enjoying your CD. Lovely compositions played with wonderfully nuanced skill!

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    Bruce M. Hammonds Plains, NS (Jan. 4, 2020)


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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