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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.

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 […]

Day 23: Designing the bridge

It was hard to feel like I got much done today, as the changes are quite minimal in the photographs, but it’s all part of it. Designing a bridge: You may have seen previous photos where I’ve had a bridge positioned on my guitar, but I haven’t actually created the bridge yet. In those photos, […]

Day 22: Fretting!

Frettin’ the fretboard today. Don’t rush, don’t fret! Today’s all about patience, getting it right. The more accurate at this point, the easier the set up will be when it comes time to string the guitar.

Day 21: Shaping the neck

27/3/2012 10am-5:30pm. Shaping the neck, heel block and headstock: Lots of carving, filing and sanding today. This has been one of the most magical parts of the guitar-making journey. To carve a neck, heel block and headstock out of a chunk of wood feels amazing.

Day 18: Hours and hours of sanding….

   DAY 18 – 19/3/2012 10am-4:30pm.   Oh the irony. My first session back since shaving my noggin’ for the World’s Greatest Shave, and the first tool Chris hands me to get on with my guitar is a hair dryer…….