Guitarists of Singapore (GOS) - Boon Hui Lu



Age: 22

Occupation: Singer-songwriter

Style: Acoustic

No. of years of playing the guitar: 3 years

No. of hours spent on the guitar per week: 3 hours

Gig/ competition experience: I have sang and played at Shuffle bistro bar, Timbre Switch and Spruce. My songwriting competition experiences include the eco green music challenge, the workplace safety songwriting competition, 心情溶剂,飞乐时空。 Singing wise I have participated in The final one, strepsils hit the right note and 华人星光大道.


Instagram: boonhuilu


How did you get acquainted with guitar playing?


I learned the guitar because I love the sound of the instrument and I thought it was really cool to sing and jam with the guitar.


I found it impressive when female singers like Taylor Swift, Tanya Chua (蔡健雅), Cheer Chen (陈绮贞) can play the guitar and sing at the same time. I think it adds extra charm and character to a singer. So I was inspired to pick up the guitar.


Describe your first experience playing on a guitar.


I am left-handed and I was given a right-handed guitar when I first played it. A lot things didn't fit in, because of the the way a left-handed brain was wired to think, so the coordination was really bad.


Another thing was my poor fingers enduring the pain and the pressure on the strings. That was something that felt very unbearable during my first guitar playing experience.


What is the best thing about being a guitarist?


For my case, guitar started my songwriting journey. As I slowly got introduced to more and more chords, and guitar being an easy and convenient instrument to strum to at anytime anywhere, I found myself exploring melodies with the help of the guitar.


The best thing about being a guitarist would therefore be its convenience to create music and melodies!


Describe your most memorable guitar-related incident.


It would be me seeing a fingerstyle guitarist play live in front of me for the very first time. I always watch covers of fingerstyle players on youtube and I have always been very awed by how swift and fast their playing are. And I could only imagine how amazed I would be if I ever saw one play live in front of my eyes.


And when it happened, it was one of the most beautiful things I have even seen. The fingers moving in synchronisation with the melodies he was playing, so fast but yet with every note so clear, all done in one take. That was when I got even more inspired to train harder for my guitar.


How many guitars do you currently own?


2 guitars: one saga and the other a baby taylor, 1 aNueNue ukulele


If your house is on fire, which one would you run out with? Why?


My baby taylor! It was an endearing gift from someone special to me.


First guitar: Saga / 2012


Favourite guitarist: Sungha Jung cause I have been watching his videos ever since he was a kiddo and he has never failed to impress me in his every cover.


First song you learned to play on guitar: 周杰倫 - 晴天


Song you love to play most on guitar: 田馥甄 - 小幸运 ‘cos its a nice song to sing and jam to with the guitar!




Most difficult song you have played on guitar: Thinking out loud. I tried to learn the solo.


Tips for aspiring guitarists: Fall in love with your guitar and then the rest will take care of itself. You wanna give the best to your loved ones, so you would to your guitar if you fall in love with it!


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