Confucius, the famous Chinese thinker and
educator in the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476BC), was also an outstanding
musician. Confucius not only could play many kinds of musical instruments but
also was good at composing and singing.
His valuable modest personality attributed to his
achievement in music. After he learned Guqin from the musician Shi
Xiangzi for some days, the instructor said his performance was "good".
Confucius, however, was not satisfied with the progress and kept training
himself for a longer time. After practicing for another couple of days, his
performance was regarded as "excellent" by the instructor, but Confucius still
did not believe that he had reached the perfect performance because he could not
feel the spirit of the melody when he played the Guqin. It is not until
he finally realized and showed the inner spirit of the melody that Confucius
stopped practicing. His perseverance won himself the respect from Shi Xiangzi.
Even today, Confucius's edification of "Being insatiable in learning" is still
regarded as a motto by most people.