Wednesday 2 May 2012

Gig update

Well I had about two and a half months of gig enjoyment, but the colder weather has dropped the number of patrons, so the gig couldn't pay for itself anymore - it's all over!  Paul from B-Bar was really happy and will get back to me when the weather starts to warm up.  I'm thinking of leaving it at that and wait - I do feel a level of pressure to make sure my playing is in good form, the repertoire is up to speed and I'm adding the occasional new song in from time to time.  With work asking me to increase the number of hours I do a week (they'd like 50 hours a week, plus my 60-70minutes per day commute time) and the number of activities I have on with the wife and three little kids - I just can't fit it in.  I made it happen up until now, but I had to hold myself back from really getting into it. By spring next year work (should) have dropped back, so it could line up nicely.

Alternatively, knowing what I know now I think I could fairly easily line up another gig in a less "seasonal" location.  It's a tough call - stop for a while, or keep going.

I know I do tend to go on and on about not having enough time, sorry, but it's the truth!  Life is balances, and one day I'm sure to be ramping up the amount of guitar that fits into it - and then you'll know all about it :)  In the meantime, I'm not going anywhere, in fact I'm hoping to have a few new videos soon.  I've just bought a video camera (they are pretty cheap these days even for 1080p!) and I have a little project in mind to make a guitar-cam bracket.  I still like to weld and grind and create tools and a mounting bracket for guitar-cam videos would be cool.  I'll keep you posted.


  1. Do you mean to attach a camera behind the nut or bridge to video down the strings? That would be neat. a close up of the fingerings, or the motions of your picking hand would reveal a lot of the intricacies in your technique.

    Sad about the gig. It's nice to sit and play for people, even for free, but better for cash :)
    With so much going on in your life you need some "JAW" time.

    Hope it all works out.

  2. Yep, behind the nut. Something like this

    I haven't dismissed JAWtime :) Speaking of, isn't Ryan&Chelstime this weekend? Good skill to you both!


  3. Sorry to hear about the end of the gigs, I enjoyed seeing you the one time that I made it up there.
    I'm looking forward to future videos with the guitar-cam.