Guitarists of Singapore (GOS) - Ray Chan



Age: 25-30

Occupation: Freelance Musician

Style: Acoustic, Electric

No. of years of playing the guitar: 16 years

Gig/ competition experience: 2016 Impressario Song composition Top 6



How did you get acquainted with guitar playing?


I have been listening to Beyond's songs since I was 5 years old. And I love the guitar solo parts very much. I guess their beautiful guitar solo lines and songs had inspired me since then.


Describe your first experience playing on a guitar.


I remember that my left hand fingers were extremely painful when I first pressed the "A" chord. However, it had never discouraged me from learning because I knew someday I'd be able to play better.


What is the best thing about being a guitarist?


Well, guitar is the most played instrument in the world! And in fact, guitarists are considered part of the most sexy people on the planet. I guess there's no reason why you shouldn't learn to play this gorgeous instrument.


Describe your most memorable guitar-related incident.


When I was performing at a song composition competition back in University, my plectrum got stuck on the "G" string while I was playing tremolo picking on my guitar solo part.


How many guitars do you currently own?


Two. Candy Apple Red Fender American Special Stratocaster and 3-tone Sunburst Yamaha FGX720SC.


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




First guitar: Ibanez Artwood 40ECE (with dazzlingly beautiful leave inlays)


Favourite guitar brand/ model: Fender Stratocaster. It has fantastic playability.


Favourite guitarist: John Mayer, Orianthi Panagaris


First song you learned to play on guitar: London Bridge


Song you love to play most on guitar: Flower by Hana (Instrumental)


Most difficult song you have played on guitar: Drifting by Andy McKee



Tips for aspiring guitarists: Be persistent and believe in yourself that nothing is impossible.


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