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 that’s worthwhile.
I’ve questioned the material this week. Is it good enough for producing top quality sound for Noel? Even though beautiful, is the claro walnut we’ve chosen for the back and sides too porous and dead sounding? Is the cedar redwood top too soft and will it deliver the volume and tone we are after? These were legitimate concerns that ran through my head this week.
To help clear these thoughts, I stumbled upon this article on the world wide web. It centres around what wood is best for a true quality sounding guitar. And here is what I found compelling, “All the talk we do is, to some extent, pointless...we can talk endlessly about woods but I think it’s the luthier and design that is far more important”. Bottom line, I can’t help but to agree. Now, the question is, am I skilled enough to produce?
I’ve made a few mistakes already. The filming schedule has persuaded me to cut corners - to help cut build time knowing that filming adds time. Not blaming, just reporting. These mistakes come with a lot of frustration as they cannot be undone. Lesson learned, don’t bend the build around the film schedule, let the film schedule bend around the build.
A lot of us have heard this saying, “Whatever will be, will be.” It was the tagline that ran through my head in a breath work exercise I was fortunate to be a part of last Sunday. This phrase resonates with me on many different levels. In life, work and now the build.