Guitar Phenom Shaun Hopper | Kent State Tuscarawas | Kent State University

Guitar Phenom Shaun Hopper

Acoustic “fingerstyle” guitar wizard Shaun Hopper is at first glance an unassuming presence, a true southern gentleman whose humility stands in stark contrast to the prodigious talents he unveils on stage. An unparalleled master of the fret-board. Merging complex melodies, harmonies and bass lines along with a one-of-a-kind mix of percussive elements, he captivates everyone within earshot. Whether his listeners are guitar enthusiasts or not matters little, within a few seconds they soon realize that they are listening to a true virtuoso. Hopper's original compositions and arrangements of pop tunes are infused with all the cutting edge techniques and flavorings you'd expect in the new breed of You-Tube sensations, including players like Tommy Emmanuel, Adam Rafferty, Andy McKee and Don Ross. Yet, it is his traditional and schooled "approach" to music which keeps him unquestionably steeped in, and inspired by, the greats. Influences include guitar legends; Chet Atkins, Andres Segovia, George Benson, Michael Hedtin Taylor, Buster B. Jones, Pete Huttlinger and Leo Kottke, just to name a few. All of this inspiration culminates into a "signature style" which crosses over the full range of musical genres; Alternative, Folk, Classical, Celtic, Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, Country, New Age and a one-of-a kind percussive style which defies description.