Guitarists of Singapore (GOS) - Yong Kang



Age: 19

Occupation: NSF/Full-Time National Serviceman

Style: Acoustic

No. of years of playing the guitar: 3.5 years

No. of hours spent on the guitar per week: 5-10 hours

Gig/ competition experience: Street Busker • Performance at PA Community Arts Festival 2016 • Busking Performance at Liang Seah St


Instagram: yongkytown


How did you get acquainted with guitar playing?


I learnt the guitar from my father, who patiently taught me my very first chords!


Actually I learnt it initially to impress a girl - although it didn't eventually work out, I learnt an important life skill :)


Describe your first experience playing on a guitar.


I'm more of a chords guy - and it fascinated me to learn about the vastly different chords on the guitar. I struggled so much with the C chord, and almost gave up on my first day. Luckily I didn’t!!


What is the best thing about being a guitarist?


People do look up to you for making music with it!


Music means a lot of different things to a lot of different people - and to make music with my guitar makes people really happy, making me happy too :)


How many guitars do you currently own?


I own an Ibanez acoustic, my very first guitar. When I got better at the guitar, I got a Lag T100ACE, a French guitar from LutherMusic!


And recently, I snagged myself a Taylor GS Mini E Koa from Sinamex, which is aesthetically amazing and beautifully sounding :)



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


Definitely the Taylor. Too beautiful to leave behind hahah.


First guitar: Yamaha Classical (from aunt) in 2013


Favourite guitar brand/ model: Currently my own Taylor GS Mini Koa :)


Favourite guitarist: Sungha Jung! Really soulful and expressive in his guitar playing.


First song you learned to play on guitar: Fall For You & 当你孤单你会想起谁


Song you love to play most on guitar: All of Me! Love to busk with it :)



Tips for aspiring guitarists: Learning to play the guitar is a really intriguing life skill! Persevere on because one more guitarist in the world makes the world a better place :)


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