In the coming weeks, I’ll be doing similar demos for my personal guitars, a custom Stonebridge SJ22LC-C and the ever-popular Stonebridge G22CR-C. Let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see in the videos and reviews. Really looking forward to sharing the love for these incredible instruments!
Due to a major issue with my website, the beautiful new site is gone. I’m working to build a new one, but it’ll take a while. Thanks for bearing with me during this transition. As always, you can catch me on social media:
Henry, “Sheltered Turtle”
“Canadian Catapult” has been one of my favorite pieces to play out and is almost always a part of my set list. For this third and final Living Room Session video, videographer Todd Gorman used his GoPro on the headstock of my guitar to get a unique angle on the action. Without further ado:
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What’s the story?
The Canadian Guitar Festival is a gathering of contemporary fingerstyle guitar enthusiasts and a great place to meet like-minded acoustic guitar lovers. I had the opportunity to go last year with Trevor Gordon Hall. It was an eye-opening experience: to be surrounded by so many incredible guitarists and warm-heared people really made me happy to be a part of this growing community.
The festival also made me realize that I had to work harder to not only improve as a guitarist, but also to find my voice as a composer and performer. It dawned on me that in my current state, I wasn’t doing much to advance the scene; I was only maintaining the status quo.
After returning from the festival, I was simultaneously discouraged and inspired. Discouraged because there were so many people who were leaps and bounds better and more talented guitarists than I was; how could I possibly compete? Inspired when I realized that this scene isn’t about about competition. Everyone has their part to play. I just had to find mine.
With that epiphany, I’ve been working on a revised direction for my music. It’ll be a little while before I’m ready to share it with the world, but I do feel that it’ll be much more reflective of my artistic vision than anything else I’ve done!
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Well, my performance from TEDxStanford is finally up thanks to the hard-working folks behind this massive undertaking. Without further ado, here’s the video of my performance!
It was amazing listening to all the brilliant speakers and getting a chance to spend some time with them. I’ll be sharing their talks on my Facebook page in the coming months. Some non-TEDx highlights from my adventure to California:
- My flight was delayed due to mechanical failure. Glad they caught it while we were still on the ground
- Because of this I got put-up at a really nice hotel suit compliments of Delta Airlines (I give a video tour on my Instagram)
- It was fun driving a Mazda, although the tiptronics are reversed from my Subaru and took getting used to
- Philz Coffee makes absolutely delicious mint coffee. I’m not much of a coffee drinker but wow, never had a more refreshing ice coffee
- My brother and I saw Spiderman 2 after a nice hike through Alum Rock Park. The hike was beautiful, hilly, and included a run-in with a wild turkey. I enjoyed the movie; apparently far more so than the critics. Maybe I’m just easy to please
- I’m super relieved that my Stonebridge made it through traveling safely
Here are the pictures I snapped along the way:
Some pictures from my travels:
Website (shelteredturtle.com) — central hub of everything I do
Facebook (/shelteredturtlemusic) — interesting articles, fan moments, & general media
Twitter (@shelteredturtle) — cute puppy pictures & direct interactions
YouTube (shelteredturtlemusic) — original & cover music, tutorials, & live footage
Instagram (/shelteredturtle) — pictures on the road for both gigs & travel
This summer, I had the opportunity to compose and perform the soundtrack for an ambitious timelapse photography project titled Philly Is Ugly. It was nice to take a break from the guitar and go back to my keyboard roots. The project was spearheaded by Nathaniel Dodson of Endy Photography. It caused quite the splash in the photography community and has since become one of the most-watched timelapse films in all of Vimeo!
A large reason for the success in the photography community is largely due to Nathaniel’s painstaking documentation of his gear, methods, techniques, and beyond! For example, here’s a quick little video he did for the soundtrack featuring yours truly:
I’m really proud of this project and all the success that’s occurred. Nathaniel is not only incredibly talented but very hard working and totally deserving of all his success and recognition. His photography is indicative of his a unique style and personality.
Some other links:
On Fox’s Good Morning Philadelphia — http://www.myfoxphilly.com/story/23266495/philly-is-ugly-video-project-shows-that-its-really-not
Official website — http://endyphoto.com/philly/
Nathaniel’s professional website — http://endyphoto.com/