I can finally call Jack Thammarat my teacher!
Jack Thammarat and Singapore
Jack is no stranger to Singapore and has been coming for masterclasses, clinics and shows in our sunny island over the years. He was here doing shows as early as 2012! Mostly thanks to his success in the 2009 Guitar Idol competition, his endorsement with various brands and the small but active guitar scene in Singapore. Because he is such a successful artist, it would be hard to imagine that I can call him my teacher one fine day!
How I first met him
It was during a clinic he did back in 2016. Vinnie Classroom was still a very young music school and I was desperate to make it work. If you can imagine, I was feeling hopeless from time to time. However, the stars aligned and we received information that Jack will be coming for a clinic. I gathered my students and brought them to the show and boy were we all inspired! His playing was phenomenal and may I say again, inspiring. After he left, I started working really hard on my guitar all over again. Our students were also motivated to perform better during our recital. Of course, he don’t know what magic he did for us.
I went Chiang Mai for lesson!
So after a about a year ago, I met Jack again in another Masterclass he did in Singapore. This time, I felt the need to bring things to another level. I was hoping to have lessons with him, probably Skype. Never have I expected that it would land me on a flight all the way to Thailand to have intimate lessons with him!
Surreal Lesson Experience!
My view for the full 60mins was nothing but astonishing! Jack’s playing is nothing short of jaws dropping. However he didn’t get this because he was born genius or because “he simply has it”. It was nothing but extreme hardwork. Having a one-to-one lesson also made me realised so much about my own playing! Jack would ask me to play some lines and he will immediately set to work on checking on all my flaws and habits. I never knew I was so bad in my guitar playing. However, that is ok and as a matter of fact AWESOME! The best way to improve is knowing where you are wrong and correct them accordingly! I felt I practically improved by a whole lot in just the first 60mins than if I were to continue working hard blindly for another year. This is the thing I always emphasize about having an actual guitar teacher than doing skype lessons or learning from Youtube lesson. It is just unbeatable.
At the end of the lesson, I was given 3 guitar picks and A HEAP OF HOMEWORK! I will be spending the next 2 days practicing hard in Chiang Mai before I go back for another lesson with him! After that, Jack will be continuing his tour with Wang Leehom in China. These guitar picks are his latest signature picks and I had to say they feel really good on the strings! There is this rubbery texture that helps with the grip. The sharp end of the pick cuts the string at just the right angle. The size feels great and most importantly I like how it is Red and Gold. Jack’s logo looks really awesome too! Ok too much of talking.. I should head back to the woodshed!