Balance

March 4, 2018

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.  What type of wood looks and sounds the best?  I had no idea there were different types of wood for the front, sides and back.  They bind together with what? What’s a rosette?  Low and behold, I relied heavily on Cliff to give me some direction.  I knew coming in, we needed to have the right balance of creating a piece of art, without sacrificing sound. 

 

After over an hour of tapping wood, shining it with acetate to see how the colour would finish, we ended up with this:

 

This is my guitar!!!  Now I just need to find music to play on it…

 

There are a lot of classical guitars out there. I spent the week watching YouTube videos and listening to recordings of many different artists by various composers.  I felt like this would have come in handy years ago when I was learning the instrument, but YouTube only came out in 2005, hehe. The simple act of intently watching and listening to videos of world-class guitarists is proving to be a huge reality check.  Do I really believe that I can come close to these people?  Is this even realistic?  I keep telling myself, I need to pick my guitar up and really focus on playing and developing the skills.  Everything else is secondary. 

 

I also came to the realization that this will not be a traditional classical guitar concert.  Who am I kidding?  1) It’s not me and 2) It’s not for my audience.  When choosing pieces, I am considering the appropriate balance of classical guitar demonstration and authentic modern entertainment.  What I think my audience will enjoy, will be my litmus test.  How can I inspire and entertain the 30-40 somethings like me, who have a creative interest they've downgraded to a hobby, that may be slowly diminishing over time?  Those who need a bit of inspiration to ignite their own personal mastery?  How can I really showcase this custom-made instrument and work of art?

 

Sneak-peeks of my other rep considerations...

 

 -- Noel

 

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