Biography

SessionGuitaristAustraliaHarry started learning guitar at the age of 12 and joined his first band at 14.

His formal education in music began with classical guitar lessons at age 17 followed by a Bachelor of Music (Hons) in teaching and performance at the Indonesian Institute of Art.

For three consecutive years he was awarded the Best Guitarist in Java Indonesia in 1989, 1990 and 1991.

He has worked in the music industry since 1990, including playing lead guitar in various bands at concerts, pubs and nightclubs as well as session work, arranging songs and jingles, teaching guitar and bass, playing in an orchestra, conducting guitar workshops and judging music competitions.

Highlights of his career include live TV performances in Indonesia, playing with Mats Olauson (the former keyboardist from Yngwie Malmsteen’s band) playing with the Indonesian Wind Orchestra, and performing around South-East Asia, across Australia and New Zealand.

Harry has played a wide variety of music styles including Blues, Rock n Roll, Country, Hard Rock, Reggae, Funk, Folk, and Jazz. His influences are Eric Clapton, George Benson, Gary Moore, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King, Ritchie Blackmore, Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen, Akira Takasaki, Kirk Hammet, Paul Gilbert, Jeff Beck and Joe Satriani to name a few.

He also listens to Jazz musicians such as Grant Green, John McLaughlin, Wes Montgomery, John Schofield, Al Di Meola, Miles Davis and John Coltrane.

Harry has continued to expand his knowledge by taking blues lessons with guitar gurus in Chicago USA and completing guitar courses at the Berklee College of Music, USA including jazz guitar, blues guitar and classic rock guitar.

Harry has taught in well-respected music schools including the Yamaha Music School in Indonesian cities such as Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Solo and established his own private guitar school Harry’s Guitar Studio.

Since 1998, Harry has been living in Sydney where he has worked as a guitar teacher and played with bands such as Colin Fox, Caribbean Fever, Caribbean Soul, Seven Year Itch, and The Tuners and Groovology. In addition to being a full time guitar and bass teacher, he is also an arranger and a session guitarist.

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