Hi, I am HT.
I’m tone deaf, cannot keep a beat and colour blind.
But I really wanted to be a good guitarist. For the most part of the 30 years I have been trying to do so, the 2 out of the 3 above issues, never made me one. (No prize for guessing which ones)
I just wasn’t good enough.
It wasn’t until the last 5 years that things began to change, tremendously.
So much so that I’m now playing good guitar, although not at a professional level but I’m FINALLY GOOD ENOUGH
Playing this way has given me amazing joy to play daily, on my own terms and be my own artist.
You see, I used to make things more complicated than it is. I’ve made a lot of mistakes and took in too many things. I compared myself to all the wrong people and focussed on all the wrong goals.
Now, I discover how to do it right. To know who I should compare myself to and set genuine musical goals.
In this new found freedom, I have developed into the player that I am happy to be.
I found so much joy playing that I want to help others do the same.
I have in the past tried everything but no matter how I tried, I have not been happy with how I play.
I have had
- Lessons with 2 professional teachers (one classical and another rock)
- Several paid online courses,
- Youtube videos
- Instructional books (too many) and
- Friends who are willing to teach me
.. but nothing made me feel like I’m playing good guitar.
It was 5 years ago that a book I read, changed my perspective about music. It was Victor Wooten’s The Music Lesson.
I realised I was practising scales after scales, learning chords after chords and playing as fast as my guitar heroes could and focusing not on the music but the technical part of playing.
“The Music Lesson” opened my eyes to reveal true about my quest and moved me beyond playing “harder” to playing “with more heart”.
Exploring this so-called social-spiritual side of playing, I’m able to discover myself, who I am, what is an instrument and the playing of that instrument is to me.
And my playing really turned out for good. Until it reached a point, I was finally able to say that I’m playing good guitar.
Today I’m on this journey of ways to play good guitar. I learned the many reasons why so many people quit playing the guitar and all their wrong focuses. Through learning from experts like Kenny Werner (Effortless Mastery) Jimmy Bruno (No nonsense Guitar), Martin Taylor (Fingerstyle Guitar), Jamie Andreas (The Principle of Correct Practice) and many others, I’m excited to share my discovery with others.
I have done many things in and out of the music scene (even if it’s as an enthusiast and music lover)
- Directed musicals ie. Jacob The Musical 2004, Love Songs Love Stories 2005 for the community and children musicals The Missing Music 2006 for my church.
- Moderated the pioneering and once trend-setting “Singapore Music Forum” in Singapore.
- Appeared on National Radio Passion 99.5 to talk about the uprising trend of home-recording in Singapore (with my own songs played over the air waves).
- I have written songs and performed them for the company I worked for and for my loved ones at family gatherings.
- Started a program to give free guitars away to underprivileged kids in the city (with lessons)
- I have even organised charity concerts and song festivals for less privileged children in neighboring country abroad.
But honestly, nothing is more satisfying than to have for myself
“A Good Guitar, A Good Connection With It and Play Good Music”.
Have you been like me?
If you have
- A goal to play guitar so badly yet you feel that your talent doesn’t quite match up.
- You spent years trying and gone back and forth picking up and dropping the interest that you so value
- You every felt like wasting your time with no real progress to prove for the ambition you have.
- You ever been like me involved in the scene and all its activities but never really know what it means to be making good music and being happy with your playing
- Suffered from being unable to keep a beat, tone deaf or colour blind (if it matters)
I can help you move from playing so-called ‘badly’ to playing ‘good’ guitar (and certainly beyond). I will teach you HOW TO
- Find Your Good Guitar
- Get Connected and
- Play Good Music
So feel free to drop me a note below.
I have much to share and I can’t wait to start.