Guitarists of Singapore (GOS) - Christopher Chen Wei



Age: 20

Occupation: Student, guitarist, musician

Style: Acoustic

No. of years of playing the guitar: 6 years

No. of hours spent on the guitar per week: 20 hours

Guitar/ music qualifications: Grade 5, taking grade 8

Gig/ competition experience: Play in the ark music cafe as a guitarist. Went to sungha jung competition.



How did you get acquainted with guitar playing?


I started because a friend of mine asked me to learn guitar, those basic chords and basic guitar stuff. After that, I started to look for more things to improve and enhance myself as a musician. I started to watch YouTube and saw some of my favourite guitarists, such as Seiji Igusa and Yuki Matsui.


Describe your first experience playing on a guitar.


It was painful as I wasn't used to playing a guitar; my fingers were weak and sound wasn't able to come out properly.


What is the best thing about being a guitarist?


You get to play as a "one man band" if you are able to make use of what you can and what the guitar can do.


Describe your most memorable guitar-related incident.


I was performing in my school and my E string broke while playing. Hence, I had to play in different positions to finish up the song without using the E string.


How many guitars do you currently own?


2 guitars. Taylor 314ce is one of them. 1 ukulele , brand is Suzuki.


Favourite guitar brand/ model: Martin, Martin and Cole Clark


Favourite guitarist: Yuki Matsui, his playing style is unique and his clarity is superb.


First song you learned to play on guitar: Canon in D


Song you love to play most on guitar: Tsubasa. My own composition.


Most difficult song you have played on guitar: Wing, you are the hero, and fight.


Tips for aspiring guitarists: Learn and play the guitar while you can, if I can do it, so can you!


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