Monday, April 28, 2014

John Thompson's guqin recitals in Hong Kong in 2014

My guqin teacher Maestro John Thompson will be having 3 recitals in Hong Kong SAR, China. Please see the poster for the dates.

Details of the guqin tunes he will be playing can be perused at

If you are in Hong Kong, do pop by and enjoy his recitals. ^_^

Thursday, April 24, 2014

My kids having fun with calligraphy and doodling

Fun time with Chinese calligraphy writing for my 5 year old daughter. Cheaper and better than going to McDonalds. 

I found some pictures of Chinese calligraphy characters on the internet and asked my kids to copy them just for fun. Lol

Fun calligraphy and doodling time for my 8 year old daughter. Heavy tropical thunderstorm outside on humid Singapore evening. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Air Guqin, anyone?

Has anyone thought of collaborating with this lady in Europe who invented this audio signal controlling glove? You can possibly play 'Air Guqin' with this glove, without any guqin at all! 
Details of her glove can be perused from her kickstarter page at

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Using music stand makes learning guqin more pleasurable

Saturday night in humid warm Singapore. After struggling to teach my fidgeting 5 year old daughter how to play a simple tune 沧海一声笑 (cang hai yi sheng Xiao) on the guqin, and also guiding my 8 year old daughter how to play simple guqin tune 仙翁操 (Xian weng cao), I tried to memorize a tune I am self-learning 秋塞吟. I find that using a music stand to position the music score to my comfortable eye level helps my daughter and I to better concentrate on playing, compared to having our heads bent downwards if the score was placed on the table in front of guqin. Using music stand makes learning guqin more pleasurable for me. ^_^

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Study trip to learn guqin tune “Pu An Incantation” in Pu An Temple

Study trip to learn guqin tune “Pu An Incantation” in Pu An Temple
Instructor: Wang Peng
Duration of study trip: May 8-12, 2014
Date of reporting for study trip: May 7th, 2014
Limited to 20 learners
【报名方式】Methods of registration
1、电话报名 Phone:010-89235317 13810052676
3、QQ咨询:361770033(钧天琴社)Jun Tian Qin Society
Disclosure: This is just a friendly PSA. No, of course I am not affiliated with JunTianFang. haha 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Jun Tian Fang launched their own guqin silk strings

JunTianFang just launched their own "signature" version of guqin silk strings, in collaboration with 丸三桥本 Marusan Hashimoto, one of the most established and skillful guqin silk string makers on the planet.

Jun Tian Fang's signature silk strings come in 3 gauges. They are heavy, medium, and light gauge respectively.  Details can be perused at (sorry, in Mandarin only) That's great news! ^_^

Wider availability of guqin silk strings and more choices for guqin aficionados is always good news.

This may mean that JunTianFang might start to pay more attention toward making guqins that sound best with silk strings. Good news indeed! 

This may be a small step. However, this is still very significant, because JunTianFang might be able to establish itself as the "go to" brand if someone wants to buy guqins that come strung with silk strings and are optimized for silk strings.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hu Sen Ji - hanfu shirt

Hanfu shirt that might look good with a guqin. Of course, the handsome male model made any kind of clothing look good. So... YMMV. haha

Available at

Disclosure: No, I do not wear hanfu clothing in tropical Singapore. Not yet anyway. haha