Showing posts from July, 2018

Haewoojae Museum (Mr. Toilet House) (해우재)


   Suwon, (Hangul: 수원, Hanja: 水原, Korean pronunciation: [su.wʌn]) is the capital and largest metropolis of Gyeonggi-do, South Korea's most populous province which surrounds Seoul, the national capital. Suwon lies about 30 kilometres (19 miles) south of Seoul. It is traditionally known as "The City of Filial Piety".  

   Suwon has existed in various forms throughout Korea's history, growing from a small settlement to become a major industrial and cultural center. It is the only remaining completely walled city in South Korea. The city walls are one of the more popular tourist destinations in Gyeonggi Province. Samsung Electronics R&D center and headquarters are in Suwon. The city is served by two motorways, the national railway network, and the Seoul Metropolitan Subway. Suwon is a major educational center, home to 11 universities. Suwon is home to football clubSuwon Samsung Bluewings, which have won the K League on four occasions and AFC Champions League twic…

Music; Not Just a Hobby

My Dear Readers,

   I am sharing a short documentary film from three years ago. I was fortunate to have met a young student who was studying film-making. Kirill Bykanovwas just turning 17 years old at the time and already showed promise of a very successful future ahead. Now a graduate he is setting out to fulfill his dream to be a filmmaker. I sincerely and very highly recommend him should you need this service.

   Life as a musician is exciting and fun. It is also a 24/7 job. In order to make some sort of living one must become highly visible. Marketing is essential and probably the most difficult and challenging part of this career. Generally one must invest money to earn money. When money is hard to come by it's quite challenging to make the investment.

   What do we need to invest in?

Music LessonsRehearsal time and sometimes a rental space to rehears inInstruments (they're not cheap!)Musical Equipment - also not cheapTravel expenses - in order to achieve visibility one mu…

Fingerstyle Guitarists & Musicians in South Korea

There is something beautiful happening here in South Korea, and around the world. It's one of the "hidden gems" that can only be found because someone told you about it.

   I was fortunate to have met Yohan Song, a South Korean Fingerstyle Guitarist who actually lives in Pretoria, South Africa. Wait. What?

   Before I tell you how I met Yohan let me fill you in about what Fingerstyle Guitar is all about. Let's just go to Wikipedia for some text:

   Fingerstyle guitar is the technique of playing the guitar by plucking the strings directly with the fingertips, fingernails, or picks attached to fingers, as opposed to flatpicking (plucking individual notes with a single plectrum, commonly called a "pick"). 

   Because individual digits play notes on the guitar rather than the hand working as a single unit (which is the case when a guitarist is holding a single pick), a guitarist playing fingerstyle can perform several musical elements simultaneously. One defin…

Airbnb Experience #4: Discover the History of Seoul

Discover the History of Seoul

   After choosing to tour and explore during the alleged cooler hours of the evening I ventured out this time to learn about the history of Seoul on a hot and humid Monday morning. Actually our tour guide, Ben, told us he had changed the time from 2:30pm to 9:30am due to the heat! Thank you Ben.

    The Airbnb description read as follows:

I'm a licensed tour guide have been working over 6 years. I'm very passionate about the history of Seoul. My story telling concerning Palace architecture will be great helpful to understand unique Korean style and culture among east Asian countries such as China and Japan.

   I can assure you that Ben is a superb tour guide. He is chock-full of information and tidbits about Seoul, history, architecture, Feng shui, science, math and all about Korea on the whole. I can't possibly remember everything he told us but I really appreciated learning from Ben. I'll try to jog my memory with this descri…