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Who is Terry Shaw?


Hi, I’m Terry Shaw. I was born in Tacoma, Washington in April, 1952. I grew up in the small town of Gig Harbor, Washington where my mother also grew up.

From early life I was exposed to musicians. My grandfather sang and played the guitar and fiddle while my uncle played the classical piano. My older siblings also played piano and trumpet. I started on the ukulele at age seven and later played the trumpet in school band until the ninth grade.

At age 10 I started playing the drums, then the guitar. By the seventh grade I was singing and playing guitar semi-professionally, putting on dances at local grange halls and playing school dances. I took a few lessons and learned from a friend at the beginning but eventually taught myself by listening to recordings. By the time I was in high school I was playing several engagements per month.

I studied music for two years in college where I had also started to play piano, banjo, and fiddle. For the next fifteen years I worked at Monte Vista guitar shop, the largest guitar retailer in the Northwest at the time. There I learned to service and repair instruments and started teaching various instruments. During this time I developed the Keywheel Music Theory System.

I continued playing guitar in my commercial rock band, Oasis, and also started to get interested in bluegrass and old time music, forming several groups over the next two decades. I have also operated my own recording studio for the past twenty-five years working with songwriters and playing on and producing many rock, country, bluegrass, and gospel albums.


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