I like playing guitar because it can be very fun, and this instrument can be played solo or in a group. I quite enjoy the moments when I meet with other guitarists to practise and perform together. Playing the guitar helps me relax and stay calm. My hope is to become a good guitar teacher, educating and influencing more people to play classical guitar.
I’m from Muar, Johor, and currently living in Kuala Lumpur, where I am a guitar and ukulele instructor at The Guitar Store and Allegro Music and Arts. I’m also an ASA (After School Activities) ukulele instructor at The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL).
I started playing the guitar when I was 14, when I joined the guitar society in secondary school and started learning under Tan Sen Meng. In 2019, I graduated from the Malaysia Institute of Arts with a Diploma in Music, majoring in classical guitar. I studied under renowned Malaysian classical guitarist, Hong Tee. I practise five days a week, usually for around 45 to 90 minutes.
My favourite piece is Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Francisco Tárrega – I even have a practice vlog for this song, and among my favourites composers are Tárrega, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Leo Brouwer.
I can’t name a single favourite guitarist but among the many I admire are Ekachai Jearakul, Ana Vidovic, Alexandra Whittingham and Thu Le.
I’m currently using a L.Luthier Signature 08, which has a solid cedar top and solid Indian rosewood back and sides.
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