My name is Wei, I'm a web developer based in Singapore. I have a personal profile site that you may visit here.
About me playing the viola
I am not a professional musician. I grew up playing the violin but not so well. My violin teacher back in high school is a violist. She always suggested that I shall try the viola some time. Although, I stopped playing with her as I left my home city for college. In college, I was having a much better time with the drumline in our marching band than with the orchestra, so I stopped playing the violin altogether. It took me a long journey playing many other instruments before even thinking about classical music again.
Recent years, from time to time there's a soft voice at the back of my mind that I shall get back playing the violin one day. And it was the COVID-19 lockup at home that finally made me make the commitment, with one tweek – I thought it was a good occasion that I take up my violin teacher's suggestion and try the viola first.
Before I started, I was neutral between the two instruments. I had zero knowledge about the viola (apart from its similarity with the violin). While I was open to getting introduced to it, I was also prepared to switch back to the violin if I want to. But since the moment I played the first note on a viola, I knew it is the instrument for me and I never looked back.
My teacher is Jonathan Lee. He is a great teacher and violist. He is extremely bright with high standard and noteworthy commitment in teaching. He helps me solve problems that I didn't think I could solve.
Lots of thoughts were inspired from our lessons and conversations. Although if I have made any mistakes, it is me remember wrongly.
My friend Huijing and the Fluffy Phil
Introducing my most amazing web developer friend Huijing, who is also the artist behind all the Fluffy Phil artworks. Even though she doesn't play a string instrument, and whether she really plays the piano 40 hours a day is quite dubious, she has been with me throughout my journey picking up the viola.
Alongside playing the viola, me and Huijing collaborate on the wonderful world of Fluffy Philharmonic and RedViolaPanda sticker shop (because stickers are big in our industry). The musical exploration and the development of the Fluffy Phil storylines fuel each other. This is the most amazing side project and collaboration I've been part of so far.
About this site
As a web developer myself, anything that doesn't end up on a website doesn't count. Although, this site doesn't work as a profile site like other musicians' do. Rather it will be like a personal journal of exploration as well as an experimentation ground for my own craft – making websites. And I'd be happy if it inspires more working professionals to play a musical instrument amateurishly.
Design and implementation of the site
The design of the site is from Violins and Violinists, an occasional magazine by a British violin dealer, Benjamin Hebbert. As a web developer, I thought it is very interesting to consider website a magazine and actually go about implementing it. A careful study by trying to replicate parts of the site sparks a lot of inspirations of what web developers can do and should explore in the making of a website for an artist.
I have fairly faithfully replicated many of the design elements and implementation of the Violins and Violinists site. In particular the card animation and the magazine layout. I have taken my own approach in implementation, though. If you are interested, you may read about this story in my development blog here.