Occupation: Full Time Musician/ Director & Founder of Music Box Wedding Live Band/ Guitar Teacher
Style: Classical/ Acoustic
No. of years of playing the guitar: 20 years
No. of hours spent on the guitar per week: Average 30 Hours?
Gig/ competition experience: • NYP Guitar Club School Performances (1996 to 2008) • Singapore Street Festival Performances (2001 to 2003) • The Ark (木船) Performer (2001) • STOMP MMSing Competitions 2007 Judges Choice Top 10 • STOMP MMSing Competitions 2008 5th Place • Musicdreamer Café Guest Performer (2008 – 2009) • TAOS Café Performer (2007 – 2008) • White Tangerine Café Performer (2008 – 2011) • C.Nai HK Express Café Performer (2009 – 2010) • Music Box Live Band Performer (2008 – Present) • Radio 1003 星期六，乐生活Unplugged Performer (2011 – 2012) • ABU Radio Song Festival Performer (2012) • CurryPop YouTube Band Performer (2016 - Present) • Street Busker (2016 - Present)
Website: talkingchord.com (Chord sheets/ Guitar Lessons)
musicbox.com.sg (Wedding Live Band)
YouTube: youtube.com/raynor1012 (Covers)
Facebook: facebook.com/raynormusic (FB Page)
Instagram: raynor1012 (Music, Life)
How did you get acquainted with guitar playing?
It all started when my cousin came over my house when I was 16. He saw my sister's classical guitar which she used for church, and started toying around with it. I was curious on the instrument and started to get interested in playing it.
I joined Nanyang Polytechnic Guitar Club 1 year later and got to play in an Ensemble, and started to play songs. I realised I was relative pitched and able to catch chords and keys of songs by ear. It soon became and addiction, and I started to chord out many of my favourite songs.
During my 3rd year in Poly, I decided to get serious and joined Yamaha Classical Guitar Course for 2years. That’s where I fortified my fundamentals and basics properly.
After which, I learnt mostly on my own and learnt from friends, better players and even YouTube. I also like playing on classical solos like Romance De Amor, Cavatina, Air on G String, and even more. Due to these influence in solo playing, I was able to figure out fingerstyle solos of even pop songs or any songs I like.
Describe your first experience playing on a guitar.
My 1st song on guitar was 陈汉玮, 蔡礼莲 - 关怀方式. I have no idea of guitar chords or tabs or even music theory. So, using the 6 strings and frets, I tried to figured out note by note of what was played from the song on CD, and finally figured out a way to actually play the intro out note by note!
Later on, I started to know about chords, tabs and timing, and then managed to play it out correctly.
What is the best thing about being a guitarist?
You can play any songs you want to and wow non-guitarists! Can 把妹？I woo-ed my wife with my singing and guitar :p
How many guitars do you currently own?
Little Martin LX1E ESP
Doraemon Mini Limited Edition
If your house is on fire, which one would you run out with? Why?
I think my life is still most important...I will run out with my wife instead :p
First guitar: My Sister's Yamaha Classical (unsure, model name, but its an old classical model many many years ago)
Favourite guitar brand/ model: Gibson J-45 The sound and feel is heavenly matched. But its still to a dream to me now :p
First song you learned to play on guitar: 陈汉玮, 蔡礼莲 - 关怀方式
Song you love to play most on guitar: Doraemon Theme Fingerstyle
Most difficult song you have played on guitar: 玫瑰玫瑰我爱你 Fingerstyle Doraemon Theme Fingerstyle I figured them out note by note, chord by chord from other youtube video covers.
Tips for aspiring guitarists: Keep practising and don't give up!