Hey. You're good at guitar. I wish I was as good as you. /jealous What's your history with playing guitar?
Haha thanks. :)
Guitar is my passion. I devoted so much time to learning. I started the summer before my junior year of high school.. so summer of ‘08, a little over two years ago. I was down in LA at my cousin’s house just lounging around. My family and I were just killing time before dinner. I was just sitting on the couch doing nothing when I noticed my cousin’s old, dusty, scratched classical nylon string guitar in the corner of the room. I picked it up and just messed around with it. I began to get interested, so I whipped out my phone and looked up how to play simple guitar chords online. I looked at little diagram things which told me where to put my fingers, etc., and played my first guitar chord: a basic C chord. From there, I basically sat for 3 hours learning how to play A-G major chords.
When I got back home a couple days later, I pulled out my dad’s old acoustic steel string dreadnought guitar and continued. I basically Googled “how to play acoustic guitar” and went from there. I was so hooked that I practiced for hours a day (luckily it was during the summer so I had time). This was also around the same time that I discovered Gabe Bondoc and the other YouTube stars, who are some of my biggest inspirations. Wanting to be able to play like them, I pushed on.
I remember playing until my fingers were raw. It hurt so much that I couldn’t even type on the computer, but I got this rush from it, which I why I kept going through the pain. Haha, luckily my fingers are all calloused now, but hey, that’s what happens. ;)
I guess you could say music just kind of flows in my blood. My dad is an amazing piano, guitar, and flute player. He’s written hundreds of songs. He has perfect pitch. He’s kind of amazing, and is one of my inspirations. He’s also head of the church choir where I attend mass. Back then, I made it my goal to get good enough to play for the choir.
And now I do. I’ve got the chords down and rhythms come naturally to me. I remember the first time I played for church, I had to practice the songs a week in advance to make sure I had the rhythms and chords down and everything. Now, I just go to church and play.
It’s just that; I just play. It’s hard to explain. Everything just sort of came naturally to me. Like I said, I think music is just in my blood.
It’s this hole that keeps bugging me. This emptiness. I’ve been trying to fill it with other things, but they’re all superficial.. none of it satisfies me. The reminders are ubiquitous. Everywhere I look, everything I see.. brings back memories. Especially now, during this holiday season of jolly and joy.
I’m scared that these urges, in a desperate feat to fill this gap, are going to get me into trouble. I’m struggling to keep a level head, to maintain my integrity, to “keep calm and carry on.”
It’s hard, I’ll admit it. It’s such a sudden change, like breaking an everyday routine. It’s like that teddy bear that’s always been sitting on the corner of your desk since you could remember suddenly vanishes. You put other things there in an attempt to fill the vacancy.. a lamp, some books, or maybe even a new teddy bear, but every time you look at that spot you remember what was originally there.
I’ve always been one to want things right away. New gadget comes out, want. Party, can’t wait. Vacation, let’s leave now. For these material and insignificant things, I don’t test my patience. What tests my patience is incomparable.
It feels different. Having gone through it once, I now realize how long the process really is. At the moment I feel rushed. I don’t want to make any hasty decisions because I know that my decisions from here on out are important and will have a significant bearing.
That’s a tough question.. Can I wish for more wishes? ;D
Haha no.. that’s probably against the rules huh? Hmm.. I think if I had one wish I’d wish to always be content with myself, my life, my achievements, etc. I hate the feeling of letting myself or others down. I have a high regard for myself (not to be egotistic; I think it’s good to take pride in yourself), and I hate making mistakes. Yeah, mistakes are things to be learned from and all, but seriously, who likes making mistakes?
But yes, if I had one wish I’d wish to be content with all aspects of my life. Or.. to never let myself or anyone down. I guess it’s a hybrid of the two. :)
I love the way you dress. Where do you get your style and normally shop at?
Thanks! :D Uhm.. I didn’t dress the way I do before. I used to dress really, really simple, but then I started to change to way I dressed to impress someone.. and ta-dah! It has evolved into the way I dress now haha.
The majority of my stuff is from Urban Outfitters. Jeans, jackets, shirts, flannels, and cardigans.
I also have a few jackets and shirts from Forever 21.. don’t laugh! They actually have a lot of nice stuff for guys.
A couple things come from Target too actually. I have a couple thick flannels and some dressy V-neck sweaters from there. :D
Your plans for music, and what's your inspiration? (=
Oh man.. good question. Something I’ve never really thought about.
Well at the moment I have a somewhat mediocre recording set-up, but it’s better than nothing. Just a condenser mic, an audio interface to connect to my laptop, and a webcam. With those weapons in hand I can tackle the YouTube world. As you may (or may not) know, I started a YouTube channel for music purposes (http://www.youtube.com/DanNguyenMusic Subscribe!) There’s not much up there now but there should be more up soon. :) Anyways, I can finally make decent quality YouTube videos, and I’m hoping to get out there a little bit through YouTube.
Other than the high hope of getting YouTube famous, basically my main goal as an aspiring musician is to spread the gift of music. Most of the time I’m just at home by myself playing guitar just because of the pure fact that I love guitar. It gets lonely sometimes though. I love playing guitar for and with other people. It’s the fact that music brings people together that I love. I like performing. The upcoming VSA Culture Show will be a nice chance for me to do that. ;D Even though I may not be that great, I just like sharing my talents with other people.
As for my inspirations.. hmmm. Honestly the first big shift in my musical life was when I discovered Gabe Bondoc. That’s when my preference of music changed from alternative (which I still do enjoy) to mostly acoustic hits and softer songs.
My dad was also a big inspiration. Being a musical genius himself, he inspired me to be like him. He also taught himself everything, from piano to guitar to music theory. He’s written hundreds of songs and has perfect pitch (able to identify a note by just listening to it).
Other than Gabe and my dad, I just kind of inspired myself. Ever since the first time I picked up a guitar, I just fell in love with it. I taught myself everything. I practiced for hours a day until my fingers were raw.
My plan for the present is to just keep learning as much as I can, learn how to use recording&editing programs, and maybe upgrade my gear a little bit. Oh, and inspire other people of course. ;D
Right now.. not really. I’m kind of just living life and not worrying about girls and relationships. I may think a girl is cute or pretty here and there, but there isn’t a particular person that I’m “crushing” on.