We had a shoot last night. We needed to complete some overdue interviews for the documentary. It’s also a good time to get together with the crew and get on the same page. I think I scared the crew lol. During my on camera interview I was asked about what my plans were for the performance. I’m not sure why, but I thought most of the team had an idea of what my plans were based on my blog posts and even the Facebook live concert. Although the concert will be Classical Gui
This has been a great week getting back on track with practicing. I’ve found ways to get at least 3 hours of practicing a day all week WITHOUT staying up too late. Remember that old routine of finishing practicing at midnight or even 1am, well it simply wasn’t sustainable. This week, I’ve got it down to around 11pm every night. Every day, I’ll look at the schedule and find where I can fit the 3 hours in and plan day by day. It’s a much more flexible approach that adapts t
Last week was an absolute grind. Fresh off the successful AFA grant notification, I literally spent almost 2-3 hours a day practicing. My nightly routine would consist of: Around 7:30pm-9pm: Get the kids in bed, work our Instagram account while I wait for them to fall asleep Around 9pm-10:30pm: Tidy up the house, do the dishes 11pm-11:30pm: Guitar practice warm up 11:30pm: Practice pieces, drilling, learning notes Around 1am or so: Go to bed I know this schedule simply isn’
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
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
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.
Much like Cliff, this represents my very first blog post and content contribution for our GuitarBorn Project. I’m pretty optimistic about our commitment to doing this on a weekly basis. To me it kills 2 birds with 1 stone. 1) We journal the process to help create content for the website and other media. 2) It keeps both of us accountable; we better get crap done in between posts so we have something to write about, ha ha. For inspiration, I’ve been re-listening to one of my