Sunday, November 01, 2009

Yesterday Once More on Gu Zheng

I was supposed to teach a new student today but she came and looked for me this morning and told me that she thinks she can't pull it through due illiteracy in Chinese. I don't blame her because it is going to be a little difficult if you don't speak or read chinese if you want to pick up a chinese instrument since the titles and explanation are in Chinese.

However, this should not stop a person from learning the instrument. Language should not be a barrier because for a start, I can't read chinese as well and I managed to learn the instrument well.

I shall leave you with a new song that I am learning on my own. It's Yesterday Once More by Carpenters played on a Gu Zheng.



Related Posts:
Part I - Gu Zheng Lessons
Part II - Gu Zheng






26 comments:

M-Knight said...

Yesterday Once More by the Carpenters is my favourite and you play it very well.... bravo..:)

Jan said...

i like gu zheng a lot too, but i think playing english songs v it, feels wierd though, is like hmm.. lol just wierd.. btw i stil think you can play very well, being able to play gu zheng is damn coool =P

eiling lim said...

M-Knight: Thanks.

Jan: Yeah sounds a little weird because this is a string instrument and sometimes the notes are modified. Thanks!

CUMI & CIKI said...

waa.. so talented - impressive! me, i kenot play to save my life;)

suanie said...

wah lau good job!
though honestly it was a bit weird to hear the song played on a traditional chinese music instrument, heheh

KY said...

that was awesome!

Anonymous said...

Clap ! Clap ! May i know the price of gu zheng in m'sia, and where to have lesson. Always amazed by the scene in hong kong drama when small, so plan to enroll son on this.He's playing guitar now cause i dont know any gu zheng school in pg. Regards !

Cath J said...

YOu shuld show this often.. Very NIce... ^_^

Seren said...

I enjoyed this post,the music, and SERIOUSLY enjoyed this entire blog. Why you might ask? Hmm...I must say because I am encouraged by your courage to perform, and putting yourself out on your blog. I am still trying to improve my courage.

I have like a kind of awkward shyness? Or perhaps I just think too much, rather than thinking "just do it?" Maybe I'm a perfectionist, and don't want to perform/show anyone if it's not perfect? Maybe I'm afraid of people ridiculing me? I don't know.

So far I am able to take photos, and I hope to get over my performance anxiety... just like how shy people learn to become excellent in public speaking. :-)Any advice?

Anonymous said...

great video. thanks for sharing yourself with us.

sckhoo said...

Brilliant.....multi-talented.

Good one..

eiling lim said...

Cumi&Ciki: Thanks girl. Likewise I can't sing to save my life.

Suanie: Thanks Suan.

Ky: Ohss thank you very mucheee.

Anon: Thanks. The price for an average quality gu zheng is around RM2500-RM3000. I have 2 gu zhengs around the price of 3k and after more than 10 years, they are still very good! If you have any more questions, you can write to me at eilinglim@hotmail.com

Cath J: Thanks.. I hope I have got more time so I can practise. Actually I'm kinda lazy.

eiling lim said...

Seren: Thanks for dropping by and the lovely compliments. I always tell people that in order to overcome the fear, you have to start somewhere. Don't be afraid to show your talents. You can start with a blog and if you have to, you can remain anonymous and just post videos of yourself playing the instrument. Blog is a good platform to start overcoming the fear. Listen to what others have to say. They might be compliments or even flamers but that's part of life. In life, don't expect everyone to please you and imagine how boring it would be if everyone is so nice!With constructive criticisms, we improve and eventually become more "thick-skinned" so it'll be easier to perform or talk in public because the "coyness" is overcomed through constant practice & exposure! Start performing for a small group of friends and see how it goes! Remember, Rome is not built in a day! Good Luck.

eiling lim said...

Anon: Thanks!

Sckhoo: Thank you!

foongpc said...

Enjoyed your performance! : )

UnkaLeong said...

w.o.w!

suituapui said...

Ya...you haven't posted anything on you playing gu zheng for a long time! Good that you are still at it! Music - food for the soul!

Connection still no good. Will listen to it soonest...

breadpitt said...

wowowowowo....o my o my god..eiling....salute your gu zheng skill........! big clap....little comment ...hope u wont mind...like the yesterday once more...but it can be improve..i mean the tune...still....the gu zheng u playing suprise me......;-)

eiling lim said...

Foongpc: Thanks.

Unkaleong: Heheh...

STP: I know... the laziness got into me and I haven't been practising.

Breadpitt: Thanks. I will improve further. This is kinda short version of it.

Seren said...

Hi Eiling. Thank you thank you!

You're so right about flamers. LOL Having flamers is very normal to me. Cos i surf youtube and every channel has flamers. ;-)

One of my problems is that I am actually too eager to receive constructive critism. Plus that I am my own greatest critique. I have this video made in the early summer, and keep showing it to different close friends to check if it needs improvements... UNTIL TODAY, I still haven't published it, and it is nearly winter...

And learn to thicken my skin~~~~~~~~~~~! You're right about that one.

Admirer said...

You are just marvellous! :-Q ;-))

Admirer said...

Music is the food of love!

Philip said...

Listened to it 3 times and each time was wondering what was in your mind while playing it. I guess you were fantasing playing with someone's ribs/body while plucking the strings! Why so serious looking? Anyway,Well done Eiling.

eiling lim said...

Seren: Then, it's time to post it! If you never take the first step, it'll never happen!

Admirer: Thanks.

Admirer: If music be the food of love, play on. Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting. hmmm... that's what Duke Orsino said in Twelfth Night. Nice one!

Philip: Thanks. haha.. I'm not fantasizing. It's supposed to be a "emo" song. I realised I'm always serious looking when I play it. I need to improve on facial expressions!

Simon Seow said...

Wow, East meets West. Nice fusion. I want to learn er hu.

eiling lim said...

Simon: Go and learn la...

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