Guitar Ensemble (VJGE)
Overview of Guitar Ensemble
What makes our ensemble special is that it is a Niibori guitar ensemble which allows for a diverse sound range. This makes the songs that we play more versatile as compared to an ensemble consisting of only classical guitars. This special feature is brought about by the fact that a Niibori guitar ensemble plays using an orchestral set-up, comprising 3 main sections – alto, prime and bass. This allows us to produce a wider sound range and perform pieces which are musically more dynamic.
Is there something about your CCA you and your fellow members think most people are unaware of that you feel needs to be shared to them?
As mentioned before, our ensemble is a Niibori guitar ensemble, consisting of different guitars. These range from the smallest sopranino which is similar in size to a ukulele, to the largest guitarron that is almost the size of a cello. I think that some people may have the perception that a guitar ensemble is only capable of playing mild and soothing pieces. However, with the different types of guitars we have, in addition to the melodic pieces ingeniously arranged by our conductors, we are able to add depth and layers of sound to our pieces, producing sounds that you wouldn’t think possible from guitars.
Moreover, although we are a guitar ensemble, members are free to pair up, form bands, or even perform solo during our concert. Yes that’s right! We are not only limited to playing classical pieces, but also contemporary tunes belonging to genres such as Latin music, pop and jazz.
How often do you have your trainings?
Mondays 5-7 pm
Wednesday 3-6 pm (for senior ensemble), 3-5 pm (for junior ensemble)
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Why did you choose to join this CCA?
Amongst all the performing arts, I would say that the guitar is the most versatile instrument and its sound is incorporated in most of the music Victorians listen to. Hence, I wanted to join VJGE to bond with others through music and at the same time hone my guitar skills.
What would you consider to be the highlight of your CCA journey thus far?
I think that the highlight of my journey in VJGE has got to be our annual concert- “Perfect Fifth”. The adrenaline rush I felt, my friends cheering me on and the electrifying atmosphere during the concert are experiences carved deeply into my heart.
Noteworthy CCA milestones in the past year:
Achieving a Distinction for SYF 2017 (Singapore Youth Festival) and playing to a full house for the Perfect Fifth concert.
What about the CCA culture? What’s it like?
Most of us sit together to talk about our passion for music and jam together during our breaks.
In a Nutshell
To the incoming batch of juniors who will be busy pondering over the issue of CCA selection, what words would you give to those who may be keen on entering your CCA family?
2017 VJGE EXCO