My name is Gyeongjin Kang from South Korea.
I am a guitar player. I enjoy learning various of music styles from Mick Goodrick, Tim Miller, John Baboian, Bret Willmott and other famous teachers at Berklee college of music.
I was a boy who had a dream of becoming a basketball player. I worked hard to achieve that dream by practicing it everyday. However, I had to put that dream behind me after I got an injury in my ankle from practicing. My sister tried to teach me a guitar as a new hobby, and it actually helped me to heal the wounds of losing a dream by opening up my eyes to see a world without basketball. The sorrow of losing a dream had broaden my sight to have an interest in the field of social work, because I want to become someone who can bring happiness to people with difficult situations. From my experience, I believed in the power of music as a great treatment to alleviate the distress of people. Also, I wanted to apply it as a way to get closer and get to know them better by open their minds and become their friends.
My interest in guitar grew more as I practiced it, and I had more chances to interact with various genre of music. Especially, the tunes of Led Zepplin and Deep purple had great impact on me. I participated in school band and many musical activities while I was attending High school. Those experiences helped me to have a career in music than social work.
While attending college, I only focused on Rock and I did not pay much attention to other music genres. I enjoyed playing many music pieces of the popular rock bands from 80’s and 90’s such as Ozzy Osbourne, and Metalica.
An experience of watching the performance of a Canadian guitarist, Lorn Lofsky in person in Korea was a big turning point in my music life. His playing amazed me. He made many different sounds with a guitar, and played the entire songs by himself and called that method as a “solo guitar, chord melody”. It was beautiful to hear his tune. I started to search many of the great Jazz guitarists such as Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, and Jim Hall. All of their performances had motivated me to study Jazz but it was not easy to learn a new genre by myself.
This was the reason why I decided to come to Berklee. A couple of years ago, I was a guitarist who only knew how to play a guitar in a band. However, I now know how to perform many different music genres with a different performance groups such as a solo guitar, and a duo. Everyday at Berklee is a precious moment and a great asset to my future. I will try to motivate myself to be a great musician by keep learning and practicing.
Experience & Education
Guitar Teacher for Public schools / Music academies in S. Korea2004 to 2011 (over 7 years)
I had experiences with teaching young children and teenagers. I had great time with helping them to learn guitar and it was the main reason why I decided to study more about Music.
Guitar Performer for Rock guitarist in a Band2002 to 2011 (over 9 years)
I worked as a guitarist in a band where we played Rock music. We had chances to perform on the stages and television shows. I always loved to play in front of people and enjoy music with them.