Toa Payoh Guitar Club invites members of the public with same experience to join our guitar ensemble, Niibori guitar orchestra, pop kampung, percussion and vocal group.
Formed in 1974 with just a few members, Toa Payoh Guitar Club, now situated at Toa Payoh Community Center, has grown in strength to date. Our main activity is guitar playing. Be it classical playing or pop song singing, we play it.
Besides playing the guitar, members are exposed to organizing various activities as mentioned above. Through organizing these activities, it helps members to acquire organizing and leadership skills. Our club welcomes anyone who is interested in playing the guitar and appreciation of guitar music regardless of their skills.
Sharing is our spirit. Developing cohesiveness, confidence an courage is just part of our learning path. For this, many of us have been with the club for many years.
Feel free to come and visit us or drop us an email if you like to know more.
This year, TPGC had been invited by Esplanade to perform our 42nd SHARE Concert @ Esplanade Outdoor Theater. There are a total of 2 segments (6.30pm to 7.15pm | 7.45pm to 8.30pm) so do come if you are available or around that place. The event is a Free Event.
The club small group will be performing a short session on the 8th Sept 2018 (Sat) at 1.30pm in Bishan CC. This is an event by RSVP Singapore.
Who RSVP Singapore is? The Organization of Senior Volunteers is a non-profit organization launched by then-Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong in October 1999 and approved as an Institution of Public Character in 1999. Their mission is to provide opportunities for Seniors to serve the community with their talent and experience through purpose-driven volunteerism. They have 3 major services- Befriending, Guiding and Training. Below are the link to their site:-
Kim Pin (from Kim Guitar Studio) will be at the club for some music sharing on the 16th Jun 2018 (Sat). So don’t miss out on this.. If you are interested in knowing more about him, you can always contact him through the following site:
A short biography of him:-
Low Kim Pin, co-founder of Kim Guitar Studio, classical guitarist, music educator, and early childhood music specialist. He achieved his music diploma course at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore. He studied with many renowned classical guitarists around the world. He is also a trained guitar teacher of Dr. Suzuki’s Talent Education Method.
Last Saturday, it was an honour to have Marcus and Kevin (dad and son pair) with us – to coach us with our current Niibori pieces! It was some of the new members’ first time meeting them, but it was definitely an enriching experience for all of us!
Marcus told us that he joined the club many many years ago, where he led the club from a pure prime guitar ensemble to a niibori one. The TPGC members then did various fund raising activities – concerts, competitions, etc, just to raise funds to build a Niibori ensemble at that time. Being such an inspiration to all (his son Kevin included), Kevin joined TPGC at a young age of 5! He then decided to pursue music more seriously at 13 in the UK, and has now returned to serve the nation :p We are so glad to have both of them back to join us last Saturday!
Here’s a hardworking TPGC at work, with Kevin’s guidance and conducting –
After numerous rounds of practising our dynamics / finger techniques for certain portions of the song, we are finally done for the day, and Kevin surprised us with four songs he performed!
It’s amazing how Kevin can make such awesome music by just moving his fingers :p there’s so much for us to learn from him! Fun facts: 1) Kevin practises one hour of (intense) finger exercises before the main pieces daily. :O and 2) The tuning board of his guitar already costs around $1000!
It was definitely a fun session with both Marcus and Kevin! TPGC has learnt so much from them in the short 2 hours they were here. The father and son pair were so cheerful and enthusiastic in sharing with us their experiences. They promised to come visit more often, and we certainly hope they do so!
With lots of guitar love,
ps. Bonus photo! Andrew’s selfie with all of us 😀