The plan was to bring my guitar on vacation so that I could continue my practice regimen even while I was away. I started to get into a pretty decent routine at home, where I would help put the kids to bed, do the dishes and tidy the house, then pick up the guitar for about an hour before going to bed myself. I read somewhere a while back that an activity can’t truly become a habit until you practice it consistently for like 3 weeks or so. The same goes for things like eat
Being in control, being calculative, achieving perfection – can be overwhelming and tiring. I’m almost two weeks behind schedule and I can’t seem to get back on track. I’m pushing through the trials and tribulations of the build and filming. It seems the build is straight forward, but it is not. I’m learning that I need to accommodate the intricacies of filming, lighting, angles, set up. I am now understanding that the process takes time, like everything else in life tha
One bite at a time... I’ve got my rep list down to 13, which is pretty great considering I had 24 last week to choose from. I narrowed down based on a few factors: Realistic given skill and time Entertaining for primary audience Not completely unknown to primary audience if classical Not too cliché Opportunity to make my own in some way Showcase classical guitar skill Showcase the capabilities of the guitar #1 is what I’m most anxious to explore. I have no idea where my ski
I’m one week behind and pushing through to get back on track. This week, Jonard and I had a scheduling session to organize our thoughts around what we thought was important to capture, and how often during the week we should get together. It’s much harder to build a guitar with the notion that almost everything must be documented, captured, with lighting in mind, with the shot in mind. We’ve contemplated faking some of the scenes but in my head I want this film to be as authe
It’s been only 2 weeks of blogging and already I’m behind. This should have been written 2 days ago, but it wasn’t. I could easily write about how I had one of the best excuses ever...but more about that later. The real reason I didn’t take 15-20 minutes of my day to write is because I really didn’t accomplish much throughout the week. I had plans to really narrow down my song selections to 10, but I didn’t make the time. Life seems to be full of shifting priorities. Fa
Travelling to Beijing for work was a concern when planning the build stages of this custom guitar. Being away from the shop meant no progress on the guitar. It introduced some uncertainty and lack of confidence in the build completion date. I wasn’t sure how frequently I would be away, which in a way could compromise Noel’s concert date and inevitably his performance quality. We need Noel to have the guitar sooner than later. This allows him to get familiar with the guit
The rubber meets the road. The GuitarBorn Project doc, this journey (our journey!), has begun. It has been over a year since this concept has been mulled over by Noel and I. From conceptualizing, developing a top-grade team of professionals to see this project through, countless conversations about what our collective and individual goals are, two failed AFA applications, one failed Telus Storyhive 100K submission, and another AFA application pending approval - it’s been a va
Last Sunday was a big day. The family and I spent the afternoon at Cliff and Sally’s house because it was our first day of shooting footage for the film. No turning back now, lol! That ship sailed a long time ago. Sunday was a major milestone in the guitar building process and filming opportunity, as we selected all the raw materials for the guitar. So friggin' exciting, but I must admit, I was a bit intimidated because I really know nothing about how a guitar is built.