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BLOG: THE MAKING of the HERO IN ME VIDEO CLIP

On the Easter long weekend, a team of 36 people came together for the making of my very first video clip for the title track from my band new album, Hero in Me. What an experience!

Resources for Musos: How to Crowd-Funding your Creativity

G’day Creative Person, So you want to do something great, make something marvellous, invest in your ingenious ideas, use your creativity to help the world….. but you don’t have the funds? You’re thinking crowd-funding? Choice! Crowd-funding can turn your creative dreams into a reality.

Photos: Hero in Me Album Launch

Photographer Andrew Ray shares his images of the Hero in Me Melbourne Album Launch. 15 March 2013 – The Thornbury Theatre Dave Kleynjans (drums), David Rogers (bass)  

Recording Diary: Day 10 – LAST DAY

THE LAST DAY OF RECORDING ALBUM #3!!!!   Today was kind of a bonus day. Sean’s STOKED that we’ve done 12 songs in 10 days, a record for his producing experience. I didn’t believe it was possible. We made such good time, that today was a bonus day, where we could experiment with some sounds, […]

Photos of Recording Album #3 – Hero in Me

Recording Album #3 “Hero In Me” at Trackdown Studios, Sydney, October 2012 Photos by Kat Hawke (www.kathawkephotography.com) Jenny Biddle, & Sean Carey    

Recording Diary: Day 9 – Wuuuurrrlllly

Piano: This album is a very guitar oriented album. I scrapped the only piano song I was going to do for a newer tune. I haven’t written a piano song in years. I guess I go through phases of loving the piano then loving the guitar. All my new songs are guitar-based.   The album […]

Recording Diary: Day 8 – Bob the Banjo and some merry singers

Bob the Banjo: Today Bob the Banjo joined in on recording sessions. I’ve only been playin’ the thing since about June this year, but got some “boiling” parts (as Sean likes to call it) for a couple of tracks. I love mucking around with alternate tuning on the guitar, so it was fun pickin’ up […]

Recording Diary: Day 7 – “Idiot Take”

Gee we were so much more PUMPED today than yesterday. I dunno what it was about yesterday. We got a lot done, but the vibe wasn’t as pumping as last week. Today we were back on track. We smashed it!   Dirty Harmonica: I kicked off with some harmonica parts for two bluesy tracks. That […]

Recording Diary: Day 6 – Testing…. one….two

I found it really hard to get into the zone today. It was such a SMASHING week last week. I was so pumped up. Then had a terrific weekend off with loved ones. But today I struggled to get my momentum up again after taking a break. It feels strange, as a muso, to work […]

Recording Diary: Day 5 – Too much fun….? Too much diversity….?

Day 5, another wicked day in the studio. Producer extraordinaire, Sean Carey and I started with a 10 minute long warm and fuzzy. I sat in the recording booth tuning my geetar, he sat in the cockpit, and through the headphone/mic we transferred our warm and fuzzy feelings to kick us off for the day. […]

Recording Diary: Day 4 – Acoustic Guitar & Bass

Every day in the studio is huge. And every night I struggle to sleep with the excitement of what the next day may bring. Today it was just Sean and I in the studio. We took it in turns. I’d play a few guitar tracks for recording. Then I’d take a break and he’d lay […]

Recording Diary: Day 2 – Guides & Drums

Super pumped, and ready, despite being before midday, I laid down the vocal and guitar guide tracks for the last 2 of 12 tracks. I was hoping to play “The Finish Line” on my Gold Tone Resonator for its particular sound, but it hasn’t appeared to have survived the trip from Melbourne, and seems to […]

Recording Diary: Day 1 – Guide Tracks

I couldn’t sleep last night for the excitement and anticipation of recording. My songs are like seeds…. And a producer is like water and nourishment for the seeds to grow and flourish. I have an idea of where I want some songs to go. But I like the mystery and anticipation of bringing them into […]

Video: Billie Jean (Michael Jackson)

Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) Jenny Biddle performs her award-winning rootsy version of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean at The Manly Fig (Sydney) July 2012. Video by Robbie Elliot (The Manly Fig) Jenny’s version of this song is available on her Little Treasures album.

Beyond the Trees Exhibition

Beyond the Trees: Hand-Made Guitar Exhibition

In August, Jenny’s self-made guitar, Ann-Marie, featured in the-first-of-its-kind exhibition, showcasing over 50 guitars from 25 makers.

The Brutal Act of Installing the Pickup/Preamp: Guitar Making Blog

It’s been 4 months since I “finished” making Ann-Marie. But there have been a few things missing. 1)      the pickup & preamp 2)      the strap pin 3)      a scratch plate

The Making of Ann-Marie Acoustic Guitar Complete

Wow, I’ve finished making Ann-Marie, my first acoustic guitar. I made this guitar over a period of 30 days (2011-2012) at Thomas Lloyd Guitars in Montsalvat (Eltham – VIC) under the guidance and instruction of wonderful luthier Chris Wynne. WOODS: Bunya Pine: soundboard Tasmanian Blackheart Sassafras: back, sides, head plate, rosette Gidgee: fretboard, pinless bridge, […]

Video: Sound Sample of Ann Marie – Self Made Acoustic Guitar (Lighthouse by the Waifs)

Wow, the making of Ann Marie is complete. I thought I’d whack up a quick video to let you know what she sounds like. In this video I’ve done a version of Lighthouse by the Waifs.

Day 25: Sanding, Ironing, Sanding

The other kids in class warned me about the “all day sanding” day. Today was that day. My guitar is a point now, where I need to sand out all the markings, blemishes, lumps and bumps, and prepare the guitar to be oiled. So I spent most of the day sanding. Sanding and sanding. Much […]

Day 24: Bridge Engineering

Bridge engineering: I brought my Takamine guitar along today to attempt to create a similar bridge design. My purpose to have a bridge like the Takamine, rather than the standard Maton style bridge that holds the strings in with removable pins, is because I don’t want to fiddle around with pins while changing strings at […]