Guitarists of Singapore (GOS) - Fang Shengrong



Age: 25-30

Occupation: Regular Volunteer with Voluntary Welfare Organizations (VWOs)

Style: Acoustic & Ukelele

No. of years of playing the guitar: A decade & looking forward to many years to come

No. of hours spent on the guitar per week: 2-4hrs (volunteering sessions) & 2hrs (live performances)

Gig/ competition experience:
1) Regular live performer (Singer-Guitarist) at The Ark 木船 | Music Cafe 民歌餐厅
2) Regular volunteer bringing music & joy to beneficiaries with songs ranging from Classic Hits/Oldies for elderly to Modern Acoustic Pop for children beneficiaries
3) Participated in my first ever online competition 'Strepsils Hit The Right Note' in 2015


Instagram: @darenacoustic

YouTube: @dacousticrummer


How did you get acquainted with guitar playing?


It was a birthday gift from my aunt, and I can never be more appreciative of her.


"Happy Birthday, Daren!" she said, "One day, you will become a fine guitarist. And I believe in you, 你可以的!"


Since then, I never stopped working towards that goal. Throughout these years, I practiced & learnt many more from my family & friends - to where I am today. #countingmyblessings


Describe your first experience playing on a guitar.


Being a percussionist in my Secondary School band, I never thought I would hold a string-instrument. And with the first chord I did, I went "Whoa." - indulged in that moment for a long minute, before reality kicked in and I felt the pain in my fingers.


What is the best thing about being a guitarist?


Bringing joy to everyone through music. Music transcends generations.


Describe your most memorable guitar-related incident.


I am extremely grateful for having a golden opportunity to witness my friends who brought live finger-style performances during our very own voluntary concert for the beneficiaries in 2012.


With the swift actions, I'm truly amazed at how distinct & precise each note can be, yet painting the picture in the most beautiful melodic way! #simplyawestricken


How many guitars do you currently own?


2 Semi-Acoustic Guitars from Yamaha & Prillante Music Instruments respectively. 1 Concert Ukelele from Symphony Music School


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


Definitely, my Yamaha FX370C - FX Series - Acoustic Electric Guitar!


First guitar: Birthday gift from my aunt in 2006!


Favourite guitar brand/ model: Yamaha FX370C - FX Series - Acoustic Electric Guitar It traveled from SEOUL, KOREA (Nagwon Instrument Arcade) !!!


Favourite guitarist: Richard Marx.In awe with the all time favourite, 'Right Here Waiting'


First song you learned to play on guitar: 月亮代表我的心 (The Moon Represents My Heart)


Song you love to play most on guitar: Ronan Keating - When You Say Nothing At All


Most difficult song you have played on guitar: River Flows In You - Yiruma 이루마


Tips for aspiring guitarists: I believe that no matter what you are struggling with as a guitar player, there is a solution. There are many players who’ve been in similar situations and found ways on how to overcome them. You can too.


Moving forward, you may want to give it a try as a volunteer, learn from the many volunteer friends, and bringing music & joy to the less-privileged beneficiaries together whom are living among us in all communities.


Perhaps, one day, you would be recognized and be sought for live gigs out there! :)


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