Hello, I am Brett Vachon, a guitarist, composer and guitar instructor.
My artistic mission is to create a fusion between the world of fingerstyle guitar and classical guitar.
My music blends contemporary melodies with exotic harmonies and a mastery of guitar technique.
I started learning Classical Guitar and composing music when I was eight years old.
I didn't find my true voice until much later, however. When I was 14 I wrote what I consider my first 'real' composition. It was much more contemporary and this style would influence my later compositions. My infused with flavours taken from both the Grand Masters of Classical Music as well as contemporary virtuosos of the fingerstyle genre.
This influence is felt in Tarot Cards, a work for classical guitar that incorporates many techniques found in fingerstyle. Tarot Cards is an original work by Brett Vachon and is an exploration of the drawings on each of the 22 Major Arcana cards from the Tarot deck. In this suite each card is represented by a piece of music that reflects the atmosphere created by the scene.
I place importance on the melody first and foremost, whilst blending this with more contemporary harmonies with some dissonance.
In the fall of 2017 the Quinte Symphony orchestra performed a World Premiere of my Symphony in C Minor, a work which harks back to the age of the Romantic Grand Masters. This evocative work written in the 19th century style is noteworthy for it's emotional appeal and beautiful singing melodies.
Along with composing and performing music, I have been teaching other students how to play guitar. I hope to help fingerstyle guitar players master their guitar technique.
I started creating high-quality tutorials on Youtube in 2018. These tutorials break down exactly how to learn many of Sungha Jung's most popular original tunes.
I strive to help self taught guitarists overcome the many hurdles that they may find with fingerstyle guitar.
As an instructor, I strive on being clear and concise in the way I teach. This is a skill I am constantly developing and that I put into use on my Youtube channels. Find out more on my teaching page.
On this website you will find links to my compositions, products that you can purchase and ways to support me.