Justin Guitar Community

Social Area => Road Cases => Topic started by: batwoman on January 22, 2018, 03:15:00 am

Title: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on January 22, 2018, 03:15:00 am
Today I ordered my custom made acoustic guitar  :)  and I'm excited!

I'm documenting this once in a lifetime experience for a few reasons. One of my reasons is to extract every drop of enjoyment out of it.

As some of you know I've been searching for a guitar for some time. Thankyou to all of those who've given me good advise  :). I thought my dream guitar was a Maton. Nah, even when I went beyond my price range. Nor did Gibson, Taylor, Martin or Takamine pass my test.

My test? When somethings really right for me it will give me goosebumps or bring tears to my eyes. The day I heard a prototype of the guitar I'm having built played, I had both goosebumps and tears. There are so many things about this project that tick the boxes for me. One of them is that Pete the luthier crafts his guitars from recycled timber.

Here's the three pieces of timber we are considering for the back and sides. The timber is silky oak (Grevillea robusta) an Australian timber. The neck and headstock and some of the inlay around the sound hole will also be silky oak. The one in the front is my fave. It was a door. Yet to be completely milled. The white stuff is paint.

(http://i.imgur.com/6UomsBP.jpg) (https://imgur.com/6UomsBP)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: glpguitar on January 22, 2018, 10:30:02 am
Awesome, congrats Batwoman!! Keep us updated :).
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: tobyjenner on January 22, 2018, 02:47:02 pm
Hey Mrs B

Sounds like a really exciting project, can't wait for the updates and the finished guitar !

Cheers

Toby
 8)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: phx1973 on January 23, 2018, 01:08:38 am
Very cool. Can’t wait to see the finished product!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on January 23, 2018, 01:18:47 am
The electronics are LR Baggs Element Stage Pro Advanced Undersaddle Pickup With Side mounted preamp. I'm going to have a lot of fun learning to use this toy. My current guitar doensn't have a pick-up.

Here's the blurb from the website. "Unlike typical undersaddle acoustic guitar pickups that are dependent on string compression for their sound, the Element was engineered to mirror the soundboard’s actual movement as you play. At the heart of the pickup, a flexible film sensor only 2 thousandths of an inch thick picks up the guitar’s most delicate nuances. Tracking the motion of the top rather than a direct string attack suppresses “quack” caused by compression and unlocks the Element’s unrivaled dynamic range. The pickup’s minimalist construction lessens any influence on the acoustic properties and creates an intimate coupling between the pickup and guitar for the highest fidelity possible."

Its features:


(http://i.imgur.com/e6t7R64.jpg) (https://imgur.com/e6t7R64)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: close2u on January 23, 2018, 09:44:49 am
I'm going to follow with interest.  8)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: DavidP on January 23, 2018, 02:38:45 pm
Batwoman,

I'm thrilled for you.  I read the conversation about the Gibson and the Maton without reply.  What an experience now to have a custom guitar that raises goosebumps.

On that note, can you point us to a website or YouTube where we can hear a sample of these guitars?

You have been around since I joined the Community, offering wonderfully encouraging feedback and tips to improve, your original song and then you shared the big moment of a first public performance.  Now this to take things on to a next level.

Have fun and look forward to hearing more from you in 2018!
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on January 24, 2018, 01:57:40 am
You have been around since I joined the Community, offering wonderfully encouraging feedback and tips to improve, your original song and then you shared the big moment of a first public performance.  Now this to take things on to a next level.

Ha ha David with your 1533 posts made in just over a year I would consider you to be the Master of Feedback :) I'm not talking about the nasty kind that can come from the sound system which causes one to cover ones ears, which I've discovered is called the Larsen Effect.  You also seem to have a remarkable memory. Thankyou for your kind words and for your quality posts. Always well worth a read. Here's some of Peter's guitars. Mine will be a little like the one third from the left. It's an OM or orchestra size/shape. My fingerboard will look more like the timber in the one second from the right. It's kwila or merbau.

(http://i.imgur.com/JmcJWX8.jpg) (https://imgur.com/JmcJWX8)

 
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on January 24, 2018, 02:07:48 am
I'm going to follow with interest.  8)

Thanks Close. Having the folk in this community with whom I can share this makes it all the better.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on January 24, 2018, 02:09:31 am
Hey Mrs B

Sounds like a really exciting project, can't wait for the updates and the finished guitar !

Cheers

Toby
 8)

Thanks Toby. It's going to be about 6 weeks before the guitar is finished. Pete plans on starting next week. I have yet to choose the timber for the soundboard. I'll be sure to get photos I can post.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on January 24, 2018, 04:55:23 am
On that note, can you point us to a website or YouTube where we can hear a sample of these guitars?

Here y'are David.


Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: DarrellW on January 24, 2018, 06:28:26 am
Well, so far I resisted saying anything but can’t wait any longer!!!
The Demo says it all!!!
What an amazing guitar, if the Demo is like what you’ve in for OMG, you definitely can’t go wrong with one!!!
Glued to this thread!!!
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: DavidP on January 24, 2018, 07:31:09 am
Here y'are David.

Thanks for this Batwoman. 

Wow, what a wonderful sounding guitar.  I can hear the richness of the tones and its dynamic.  And boy oh boy, I wish I could sit and play just like the guy doing the review ... practice, practice, practice and I'll get more like that this year  :)

Thank you for your kind words and for your quality posts. Always well worth a read.
I appreciate that ... I strive to be has helpful and supportive as I can, to be a positive contributor to this global community.

Pete sure does produce some beautiful looking instruments.

Looking forward to the next post as your guitar comes into being ...
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on January 25, 2018, 01:01:09 am
Well, so far I resisted saying anything but can’t wait any longer!!!
The Demo says it all!!!
What an amazing guitar, if the Demo is like what you’ve in for OMG, you definitely can’t go wrong with one!!!
Glued to this thread!!!

Thanks Darrell. My guitar will be made of the same timber combo - silky oak back, sides and neck and a cedar sound board, so there's every chance she will be as good as if not better than the demo model. My guitar won't be finished with gloss either. Some folk believe that you get a better sound with a natural finish.

She won't be a Cupboard Queen that's for sure.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: close2u on January 27, 2018, 09:31:08 am

She won't be a Cupboard Queen that's for sure.

That's a new phrase on me ... like it.
 8)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on January 28, 2018, 01:32:00 am
That's a new phrase on me ... like it.
 8)

Can't take credit for this it's one of Darrells.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: embishop on January 28, 2018, 02:27:50 pm
What an incredible journey to find your guitar, it doesn't get any better than that. Very very happy for you, can hardly wait to hear you together. :)

Mari
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: DarrellW on January 28, 2018, 06:20:29 pm
Can't take credit for this it's one of Darrells.
Who? Me? Scoobie oobie doooooo ;)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on January 29, 2018, 02:02:20 am
What an incredible journey to find your guitar, it doesn't get any better than that. Very very happy for you, can hardly wait to hear you together. :)

Mari

Thankyou Mari, it's all the sweeter to have folk like you with whom I can share. You might have to wait a while before you hear us play together  :D
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on February 19, 2018, 03:39:04 am
Just back from a meeting with the Pete the luthier. He has all the components ready and has bent the sides.  We had a long chat about electronics and how I would use the. He showed me all the options, plugged them in, demo-ed them. More about that in a future post.  Here's a few photos. Warning: I think I'm going to be like a mother with her first born baby .... lots and lots of photos  ;D

Front to back, Kwila fingerboard, Silky Oak sides that have been shaped (made from an old door), my gold Grover tuners, and at the back Western Red Cedar which will be the soundboard.
(http://i.imgur.com/AMPn18C.jpg) (https://imgur.com/AMPn18C)

Close up of the sides.
(http://i.imgur.com/xKoAZXI.jpg) (https://imgur.com/xKoAZXI)

Close up of the Silky Oak neck, also part of the door. The hole is where the lock was.
(http://i.imgur.com/Sq2D1bm.jpg) (https://imgur.com/Sq2D1bm)

More of the components, front left the soundboard, back left the Silky Oak back, neck
and profile, the rest you'll figure out.
(http://i.imgur.com/NpdYRrU.jpg) (https://imgur.com/NpdYRrU)

Lovely Pete the luthier.
(http://i.imgur.com/5Bz3MSF.jpg) (https://imgur.com/5Bz3MSF)



Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: MrBumble on February 19, 2018, 07:27:36 am
Warning: I think I'm going to be like a mother with her first born baby .... lots and lots of photos  ;D

And why not?
I think we'd be deeply disappointed if you didn't post loads of pictures.

It's exciting to see something taking shape and I will try not to be jealous!

Pete looks like a man who is happy in his work.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: DarrellW on February 19, 2018, 10:49:47 am
Great to see things happening, yes please post plenty of photos - it’s great to see this sort of thing!
The birth of your new guitar is really going to be something special to you and all of us who are champing at the bit in anticipation!!!
I’ve been following someone who’s building their own guitar and done a series on YT documenting it, it’s a bit long winded but she goes through every single detail comprehensively showing all of the things that can happen. It’s a fascinating watch if you’ve got the time!
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNZrIoijCmgEi15FSreYERMvcsw49USjL
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: close2u on February 19, 2018, 11:10:58 am
Keep them coming - pics and updates.  :)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: phx1973 on February 19, 2018, 01:03:48 pm
Agreed, the more pics the better. It's fun to follow along in this story. Especially for somebody like me, who loves these instruments but knows absolutely nothing about how they are actually made. How fun for you to be going thru this process, Batwoman!
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on February 20, 2018, 03:35:27 am
Thankyou lovely guitarists and musicians for indulging me. More photos? Oh yeah happy to oblige  :)

Here's the back, with the Tasmanian Oak pieces resting on it. They will be inlaid between the silky oak and the cedar.  It's an OM (orchestra) model.
(http://i.imgur.com/IDGBYK2.jpg) (https://imgur.com/IDGBYK2)

Pete cuts his kerfeling by hand.
(http://i.imgur.com/kFDyZ01.jpg) (https://imgur.com/kFDyZ01)

Some detail about the electronics. One of the fantastic things about Pete is that he spends a lot of time asking his clients about their music, their style, where they want to go etc. I was going to have this put into my guitar. I didn't know any better or that there were other options.
(http://i.imgur.com/e6t7R64.jpg) (https://imgur.com/e6t7R64)

He'd been thinking about what I'd told him and suggested it would be good to look at other options. What Pete walked me through yesterday, complete with plugged in demo's, was the range of electronics available and what suited me better. I doubt I'll ever play in public more than a few times a year. That will be Open Mics etc, where there will be a desk (I think that's the right word?) and a sound tech. So I don't need this super duper thing.

I've never liked the look of them, and Pete showed me how they sit inside the guitar. He also explained how they affect the sound of an unplugged acoustic, which is how I'll be playing most of the time. I don't want a big, rectangular hole cut in the side of my guitar either. I love looking at the wood.

He was so thorough, won't go into detail of all he demo-ed, but what I've chosen is this. I like its minimalism, and that the only hole cut is the small hole in the base for the jack input (right name?) If I want to I can buy an external pre-amp. Really happy he talked me through this. He also said that if my use/needs change and I want the black one, he can do that.
(http://i.imgur.com/PXM0ar4.jpg) (https://imgur.com/PXM0ar4)

Here's how it sits inside the guitar. Picture from the internet.
(http://i.imgur.com/O65yBtC.jpg) (https://imgur.com/O65yBtC)

That's today's instalment.



Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: tobyjenner on February 20, 2018, 06:30:51 pm
Looking good Mrs B, thanks for the updates  8)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on March 01, 2018, 04:47:15 am
She's on the way.

This is the back.
(http://i.imgur.com/9ja083Q.jpg) (https://imgur.com/9ja083Q)

Shaping the sides
(http://i.imgur.com/zgFCOR2.jpg) (https://imgur.com/zgFCOR2)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: oldhead49 on March 01, 2018, 06:08:09 pm
Gorgeous!! You must lay awake nights in anticipation.  Can’t wait to see it finished, but more anticipating hearing it.


Sent from my iPhone using JustinGuitar.com Forum
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: Sweed77 on March 01, 2018, 07:14:25 pm
Great thread batwoman.  Thanks for sharing :)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: Barnezy on March 01, 2018, 10:43:03 pm
Exciting stuff. There is no substitute for quality craftsmanship. Can’t wait to see the next instalment!


Sent from my iPad using JustinGuitar.com Forum
Title: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: BCDC on March 01, 2018, 11:46:21 pm
Batwoman. I am curious. Price-wise, how does a guitar like this compare to others out there? I know that is a hard question to answer because of the wide range in quality of guitars, but any thoughts would be interesting to hear.

Great to see that this guitar is Queensland-made!! Right? I am a Queenslander!!


Sent from my iPhone using JustinGuitar.com Forum
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on March 01, 2018, 11:48:34 pm
Gorgeous!! You must lay awake nights in anticipation.  Can’t wait to see it finished, but more anticipating hearing it.

Yep you're right about lying awake fizzing with excitement Dave. Hearing me play it? Maybe.

Exciting stuff. There is no substitute for quality craftsmanship. Can’t wait to see the next instalment!

Pete is a superb craftsman. He takes heaps of time with every aspect of the build. I saw one of his guitars crafted for a friend last week. It is superb. My friend wanted a parlor style guitar with the capacity to take heavy strings and a heavy hand. The neck has been done with as much skill and care as a very expensive tailor-made suit.

Great thread batwoman.  Thanks for sharing :)

I'm glad you're enjoying it Sweed. I sure get a buzz out of posting the photos and having folk like you to share it with.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on March 02, 2018, 12:01:28 am
Batwoman. I am curious. Price-wise, how does a guitar like this compare to others out there? I know that is a hard question to answer because of the wide range in quality of guitars, but any thoughts would be interesting to hear.

Great to see that this guitar is Queensland-made!! Right? I am a Queenslander!!

Hello Queenslander  :D

Yes BCDC it's a hard question to answer, there are so many variables. I wanted a Maton, couldn't find what I wanted, even when I when over my price point. I searched for ages, trying out all the big brands - Gibson, Taylor etc, none of them flicked my switch. The first time I heard one of Pete's studio models I broke out in goosebumps. All I can say is that for the same amount of money I was prepared to pay for a ready made guitar, I'm getting this superb instrument, made to suit my hands, my style of playing, the sound I want etc.  It's also important to me that the guitar is made from non-endangered timbers (part of my guitar is made from an old door) and that it hasn't come from a sweat shop. Pete has been very generous with discounts as I belong to a local Acoustic Club. This will be my only guitar and it's a once in a lifetime thing for me. Every cent I'll pay is worth it.

I must confess I went through the 'I'm not good enough for a guitar as superb as this and who am I to have such a beautiful thing when I'm so early in my learning. Really good guitarists should have a guitar like this, not me.'

Ditched that cr*p fast.

I haven't really answered your question.

Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: BCDC on March 02, 2018, 12:17:25 am
Thanks Batwoman. I think you answered the question as well as anyone could. I like the idea that this is QLD made from Aussie wood.....especially recycled wood. Can’t wait to see the finished product.


Sent from my iPhone using JustinGuitar.com Forum
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on March 02, 2018, 02:08:53 am
Pete has started work on the soundboard and rosettes.

I don't want bling, so the rosettes will be simple and stylish ... just like me ha ha  ;D
My guitar will be quite zen.

Placing the first ring of the rosette.
(http://i.imgur.com/VBoChB5.jpg) (https://imgur.com/VBoChB5)

I could eat this cedar, it's so luscious.
(http://i.imgur.com/8neGHdD.jpg) (https://imgur.com/8neGHdD)

I'm sooooooooooo excited.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: embishop on March 02, 2018, 05:54:19 pm
I'm sooooooooooooo excited for you too! Wow what a story. Enjoying the process, but really looking forward to the ending!! :)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on March 04, 2018, 04:15:45 am
I'm sooooooooooooo excited for you too! Wow what a story. Enjoying the process, but really looking forward to the ending!! :)

Thanks Mari, having guitar buddies like you to share it with makes it all the sweeter.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: Stormya on March 06, 2018, 05:56:29 pm
What a brilliant post and what a fabulous thing to do. Keep the updates coming. And when it's all finished please do give a final summary of all the materials / construction - as well as loads of photos.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on March 07, 2018, 12:56:35 am
What a brilliant post and what a fabulous thing to do. Keep the updates coming. And when it's all finished please do give a final summary of all the materials / construction - as well as loads of photos.

Will do Stormya  :)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on March 09, 2018, 02:56:49 am
Pete sent me these photos yesterday.

Back all finished
(http://i.imgur.com/RgMhcW6.jpg) (https://imgur.com/RgMhcW6)

Here's the other side with its bracing
(http://i.imgur.com/iTOSGOf.jpg) (https://imgur.com/iTOSGOf)

Soundboard done
(http://i.imgur.com/lvyH37H.jpg) (https://imgur.com/lvyH37H)

Close up of the simple rosette. Silky oak, Tasmanian oak and I can't remember what the fine, black line is.
(http://i.imgur.com/jxEnUEu.jpg) (https://imgur.com/jxEnUEu)

Braces go onto the underside of the soundboard. Into Pete's handmade go bar press. This applies pressure to the bracing till the glue dries.
(http://i.imgur.com/KzN9h02.jpg) (https://imgur.com/KzN9h02)

More rods in place.
(http://i.imgur.com/lMbuyvY.jpg) (https://imgur.com/lMbuyvY)

Bracing all glued, then into this devise which I keep forgetting to ask its name. You can see the hand cut kerfelling.
(http://i.imgur.com/sEbVIpc.jpg) (https://imgur.com/sEbVIpc)

Close up of the kerfelling
(http://i.imgur.com/awvg38h.png) (https://imgur.com/awvg38h)

I'm so excited.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: oldhead49 on March 09, 2018, 04:33:53 am
So am I - for you!  Any scheduled delivery date yet?


Sent from my iPhone using JustinGuitar.com Forum
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on March 09, 2018, 04:46:00 am
So am I - for you!  Any scheduled delivery date yet?

It will take as long as it takes! Pete is meticulous and takes his time. High humidity also slows down some of the glueing and certainly the spraying part of it. I reckon by mid April perhaps earlier, I should have her here.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: close2u on March 09, 2018, 09:07:26 am
I love the back.  :)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: tobyjenner on March 10, 2018, 08:32:37 am
Looks a cracker so far  8)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: DarrellW on March 10, 2018, 09:21:07 am
That is going to be stunning, I really like inlay so simply and classy and the back looks amazing!
Can’t wait to see more!!!
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: zedhead on March 10, 2018, 08:28:41 pm
Isn't it lovely to see craftsmanship like this in this world of mass produced rubbish?
 That is going to be a superb guitar, good on you.
 I understand the sentiment of "I'm not good enough for this guitar" as I've  just bought my beautiful Gibson and I had reservations as I'm not very good but like you I said bugger it! Obviously I'm not saying you are not very good!
 Can't wait to see the next instalment.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on March 11, 2018, 12:03:19 am
Isn't it lovely to see craftsmanship like this in this world of mass produced rubbish?
That is going to be a superb guitar, good on you.
I understand the sentiment of "I'm not good enough for this guitar" as I've  just bought my beautiful Gibson and I had reservations as I'm not very good but like you I said bugger it! Obviously I'm not saying you are not very good!
Can't wait to see the next instalment.

Pete is a superb craftsman. He is so precise and meticulous with every aspect and he hand crafts every single element. He comes from a long line of woodworkers. He still uses some of his grandfathers tools.  I love listening to him as he talks about the timbers he has. He knows them like family, can describe their state, how much longer they'll need to age, their qualities and potential etc. I also love going in to his studio. What a bower birds nest! There's always interesting stringed instruments waiting to be repaired.

I hope you enjoy every second of your beautiful Gibson Zedhead, don't let the demons take that away from you. Having a laugh at you explaining your comment  ;D
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on March 20, 2018, 02:02:09 am
Just back from seeing Pete.

I'm increasingly impressed with his attention to detail and the lengths he goes to to produce a fine instrument. For example, he doesn't just glue in the bracing then go on to the next stage. He tunes the bracing to get maximum sound and quality of tone from the soundboard by tapping it, listening and then shaving the braces a little here and there till he has the optimum sound. He told me that some luthiers use an electronic tuner to tune to a specific note, others use sand on the top of the soundboard. He prefers to use his ears and years of experience. As I watch him handle the guitars, I suspect there is an intuitive knowing there as well. He's tuned my guitar to produce a full, warm, rich bass as he knows that's my preference. He does it first thing in the morning when his hearing hasn't been assaulted by machinery. This is just one of the things he explained.  I have great respect for this artist and craftsman.

Work yet to be done on the Kwila fingerboard. You can see where the fret wires will go. Isn't the silky oak rosette inlay just so beautiful?
(http://i.imgur.com/0kdsTBe.jpg) (https://imgur.com/0kdsTBe)

This devise (can't remember what he called it) is used to measure the depth of the fret wire inset
(http://i.imgur.com/NGQA0M5.jpg) (https://imgur.com/NGQA0M5)

Pete sanding the neck
(http://i.imgur.com/PxzVO8Z.jpg) (https://imgur.com/PxzVO8Z)

Looking down the neck.
(http://i.imgur.com/VI6xBdl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/VI6xBdl)

View from other end. I love her neat little bum inlay.
(http://i.imgur.com/C5si0Qe.jpg) (https://imgur.com/C5si0Qe)

This neck feels like a part of me. He takes great care to fit the neck to the guitarist. After Pete looked at it in my hand he decided he's take a whisker off the sides, flatten the curve. It's a C shaped neck. She is so light to hold.
(http://i.imgur.com/8c3JyVc.jpg) (https://imgur.com/8c3JyVc)

If he can get a few days with lower humidity, she should be finished next week.






Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: oldhead49 on March 20, 2018, 03:13:17 am
Outstanding!!!!


Sent from my iPhone using JustinGuitar.com Forum
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: close2u on March 20, 2018, 07:39:03 am
oh my  :)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: tobyjenner on March 20, 2018, 08:01:28 am
Wow Mrs B that is looking really cool. By your narrative Pete sounds like true artist who really cares for his work, not just banging out instruments as quick as he can. Seems a very Zen like approach. And you both look good together, anyone would have thought it was made for you  ;)

Can't wait to see the next stage. Thanks for sharing.

Cheers

Toby
 8)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: DarrellW on March 20, 2018, 10:29:39 am
It’s looking absolutely outstanding, also nice to put a face to a name 👍👍👍
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: Matek on March 20, 2018, 03:13:37 pm
Nearly there!!
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: Lord_Gigabyte on March 21, 2018, 11:24:10 am
True craftmanship is always worth while, waiting for.

Have fun playing when she's ready!
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: Stormya on March 23, 2018, 08:03:09 pm
Beautiful and am looking forward to hearing it played - and seeing photos of it when it's finished.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: phx1973 on March 24, 2018, 04:02:09 pm
lookin' awesome already!
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: Sweed77 on March 24, 2018, 11:29:06 pm
very cool  8)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: Barnezy on March 28, 2018, 11:08:54 pm
Can’t wait to see this finished!!


Sent from my iPad using JustinGuitar.com Forum
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on April 11, 2018, 01:32:26 am
In two more sleeps I'll have my new new guitar  :) :) :) :)

Pete has been delayed by the high humidity which prevented him from spraying the protective layers. He's fine tuning the details eg tweaking the hand carved bone bridge and nut etc and giving it 'a chance to settle in'.

He said he's so pleased with it he might keep it for himself and make me another one  ;D ;D ;D

I'm mildly excited.  ;)

He sent me these
(http://i.imgur.com/lf6VdZq.jpg) (https://imgur.com/lf6VdZq)

(http://i.imgur.com/HECXaCX.jpg) (https://imgur.com/HECXaCX)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: oldhead49 on April 11, 2018, 03:43:22 am
Wow!!  Just WOW!!!


Sent from my iPhone using JustinGuitar.com Forum
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: DarrellW on April 11, 2018, 06:40:06 am
Oh boy does that look amazing or what?
I’m extremely jealous 🤣🤣🤣
Hope you get your hands on it soon 👍👍👍
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on April 11, 2018, 06:56:33 am
Oh boy does that look amazing or what?
I’m extremely jealous 🤣🤣🤣
Hope you get your hands on it soon 👍👍👍

Grandpa Darrell, you've got a new baby of your own to love  :)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: wpotere on April 11, 2018, 07:00:02 am
That look beautiful!  I bet you are excited....  :)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: MrBumble on April 11, 2018, 08:18:15 am

I'm mildly excited.  ;)


As ever, you have understatement down to a fine art ;D

How wonderful to have a beautiful, unique, instrument to get to know and love.

I'm mildly jealous!
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: close2u on April 11, 2018, 08:35:18 am
oh boy what a looker ... :)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on April 14, 2018, 05:03:47 am
Yesterday was the day my guitar was ready for me. The mild excitement  :D  I'd been feeling woke me at 4.30am. I knew I'd be emotional but had no idea of the intensity of my reaction. Pete led me to where he had my guitar waiting for me. Tears sprang to my eyes as he picked it up, then more tears began to trickle down my face as he played the first sounds. I'm tearing up as I remember.

What a piece of art and beauty.
 
The question you're asking? How does she sound?

The guitar has surpassed my dreams.

Big, rich, warm bass, glorious mid range equally rich and full and treble that lifts my spirits to the sky, bright and sparkling. All beautifully balanced. Fantastic sustain.  The guitar has a responsiveness that I can only describe as it feeling alive.

Some of the construction details that brought more tears to my eyes as I marveled the loving attention to detail Pete has given this guitar. He knows I love gold fittings as that was my choice of tuners, so he sourced a gold strap pin for the neck end. He put in a chrome strap pin/pick up input as a temporary measure till he sources a gold version for the other end.

He used tortoiseshell bridge pins to echo the tortoiseshell pick guard. Inside the guitar is a label that has my name on it and the date it was finished. This guitar is the 20th he has made of this model.
(http://i.imgur.com/6blqfIS.jpg) (https://imgur.com/6blqfIS)

Pete put slightly heavier strings on than the 11 - 52 range that I use. He used Elixir Nanoweb 12 - 53 because they enriched the tone. They feel good. The neck feels like a part of me.

He uses beeswax on the soundboard as it gives a vibrancy to the sound. He explained that as an organic material it blends with the timber and gives the soundboard more freedom to flex.  The rest of the guitar is finished with a satin finish. The fret wires are a thicker gauge so that I'll get at least 5 years out of them before needing to have them dressed.

The guitar timbers feel like silk, so finely has Pete finished them. He told me the grade of the finest sandpaper he uses but I was too besotted to listen properly.

Pete was a shipwright as a younger man, so wanted to send my new guitar off with a ceremony. We didn't smash a bottle of Veuve Clicquot  on her hull. Instead he played this lovely song Pass It Along by Scott Cook. Yes I bawled, a lot.

This guitar came from a timber, from the body of a tree
Through the workshop of a luthier, now it's on loan to me
And it's good company after dinner, and it fits my hands just fine
But some day another singer with a pair of hands like mine
Will coax out songs much prettier still hiding in its strings
And sing stronger, braver words than I could ever sing
And folks are gonna love it, of this I'm almost sure
So I'll take good care of it, cause I'm borrowing it from her

Pass it along, pass it along
May it land in careful hands when we're gone
You carry it for a moment
But time won't loan it to you for long
You don't own it, pass it along.
 

Once I get the video edited, I'll post a copy. Till then, here's a very happy batwoman with her new guitar.
(http://i.imgur.com/PTEciUf.jpg) (https://imgur.com/PTEciUf)

Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: DarrellW on April 14, 2018, 05:11:23 am
Oh boy!!!  Just fabulous, something to be treasured for the rest of your life, it’s absolutely gorgeous!!!
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on April 14, 2018, 05:17:50 am
Oh boy!!!  Just fabulous, something to be treasured for the rest of your life, it’s absolutely gorgeous!!!

Thankyou Darrell, you're right, this guitar will be treasured by me. I've also made arrangements in my will that the guitar goes back to Pete so he can pass it on.

Something he told me yesterday that brought more tears to my eyes is that creating this guitar has been the most joyful and pleasurable of all the guitars he has made. That shows in the quality of his work and the sound it makes. I'm still discovering sounds and textures and characteristics. Things to delight me.  Much like you with your new grandbaby  perhaps?
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: DarrellW on April 14, 2018, 07:27:09 am
Something he told me yesterday that brought more tears to my eyes is that creating this guitar has been the most joyful and pleasurable of all the guitars he has made. That shows in the quality of his work and the sound it makes. I'm still discovering sounds and textures and characteristics. Things to delight me.  Much like you with your new grandbaby  perhaps?
That’s a testimony to his passion as a luthier, there’s a very special connection there!
Yes having a new Grand daughter has been very special for me just now, it’s so joyful 💕💖💕
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: close2u on April 14, 2018, 09:43:40 am
So thrilled and delighted for you. What a joy.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: MrBumble on April 14, 2018, 12:12:51 pm
Wonderful! The two of you look just right together.

I'm all agog waiting to hear her.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: oldhead49 on April 14, 2018, 12:44:44 pm
So happy for you, Batwoman. It’s beautiful!!  Can’t wait to hear it! 


Sent from my iPhone using JustinGuitar.com Forum
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: tobyjenner on April 14, 2018, 12:56:17 pm
Your NGD at last and well worth the wait Mrs B. Looks even better now its finished...... Recordings please.

Cheers

Toby
 8)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: Sweed77 on April 14, 2018, 11:24:13 pm
It is beautiful, so happy for you batwoman.   Yes please, a recording as soon as you are ready to show her off  :)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: phx1973 on April 14, 2018, 11:55:28 pm
It looks great, Batwoman. We all know how excited you have been about this -- as well all would. So glad it turned out the way you wanted it to. Looking forward to a video!
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: Matek on April 16, 2018, 05:37:48 pm
You look so happy holding it.
We need to here how she sounds.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: close2u on April 17, 2018, 08:09:41 pm
Mrs B ... this one is for you and Pete.



Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: MrBumble on April 17, 2018, 09:24:03 pm
That is just so beautiful!

Thank you.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on April 18, 2018, 02:22:09 am
Mrs B ... this one is for you and Pete.





Thankyou very much Close, what a treat. I've sent it off to Pete, sharing the love  :)  Thankyou for thinking of us.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: willsie01 on April 21, 2018, 02:11:40 pm
Hi Batwoman,

I came across this thread some time back and as I'm always interested in hearing about high end guitars (like all of us :)) I looked up Pete Walcott's website and watched the video reviews of his work.
Now it just so happens that I've been looking at treating myself to a high end guitar as a retirement present for over a year without actually finding one that I thought was right for me. While researching I discovered a few people in the UK run guitar making courses and it hit me I would love to do something like this.
I'm rambling, so I'll cut it short.
I spotted the guitar making link on Pete Walcott's site and I've been in touch with him with a view to going out to Queensland next year to be guided to making my own guitar :)
So many thanks for making me aware of this guy.

If anyone is staying with me after my overlong post: choosing to go to Oz instead of doing one of the fine courses here is to do with our desire to visit Australia again. We spent nearly 4 great years in Melbourne when I worked there on a contract. We have always planned to return for a visit. We'll stay a while.

KR

John
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: willsie01 on April 21, 2018, 02:14:32 pm
PS

Great picture of you with your "baby" but why aren't you wearing your Batwoman Cape?  :o
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on April 22, 2018, 05:28:39 am
PS Great picture of you with your "baby" but why aren't you wearing your Batwoman Cape?  :o

(http://i.imgur.com/iub0s3H.jpg) (https://imgur.com/iub0s3H)

John I'm so thrilled and excited to read your post. I'm delighted to introduce you  :)

As I've said all the way through my roadcase, Pete is an exceptional luthier and man. His integrity is faultless, his ability and skill as a craftsperson and artist are top notch. He's also very generous in the time he gives his clients. He's spent hours with me making sure I was getting the guitar of my dreams. I can't say enough about how good this experience has been and how thrilled I am with the guitar.

Please keep me in the loop, I'd love to meet you. Feel free to pm me.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: willsie01 on April 22, 2018, 12:43:13 pm
(http://i.imgur.com/iub0s3H.jpg) (https://imgur.com/iub0s3H)
Please keep me in the loop, I'd love to meet you. Feel free to pm me.

I certainly will and, yes, it will be great to meet
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: embishop on April 29, 2018, 10:06:27 pm
We didn't smash a bottle of Veuve Clicquot  on her hull. Instead he played this lovely song Pass It Along by Scott Cook. Yes I bawled, a lot.

This guitar came from a timber, from the body of a tree
Through the workshop of a luthier, now it's on loan to me
And it's good company after dinner, and it fits my hands just fine
But some day another singer with a pair of hands like mine
Will coax out songs much prettier still hiding in its strings
And sing stronger, braver words than I could ever sing
And folks are gonna love it, of this I'm almost sure
So I'll take good care of it, cause I'm borrowing it from her

Pass it along, pass it along
May it land in careful hands when we're gone
You carry it for a moment
But time won't loan it to you for long
You don't own it, pass it along. 


Wow, I had a couple tears too. What a wonderful journey, enjoy your time together
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on April 30, 2018, 03:23:24 am
Wow, I had a couple tears too. What a wonderful journey, enjoy your time together

Thanks Mari, you've reminded me I was going to upload the video.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on May 01, 2018, 01:29:37 am
Her name is Cedar Clear Sky Ocean Deep and here's a video of her making.

Heartfelt thanks to DavidP, generous man, talented man that you  are. David volunteered to make this video. He knows what a luddite I am when it comes to this sort of stuff.

At the end of the video you'll find the song that Pete sang as a blessing the day I became custodian of Cedar Clear Sky Ocean Deep. Thankyou David, so very much. I hope Vincent and Theo didn't feel neglected in the time it took you to produce this.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/60qrrabvhvg4fce/GuitarBlessing.mp4?dl=0

Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: Sweed77 on May 01, 2018, 04:32:43 am
Nice video batwoman, DavidP did a great job.  Guitar is beautiful and sounds so sweet and, as she ages, it will only get better!  Congrats on your new baby, she'll provide you many many years of enjoyment  :)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on May 01, 2018, 04:37:33 am
Nice video batwoman, DavidP did a great job.  Guitar is beautiful and sounds so sweet and, as she ages, it will only get better!  Congrats on your new baby, she'll provide you many many years of enjoyment  :)

Thankyou Sweed. David sure did us proud. In the 2.5 weeks I've had Cedar the sound has changed already. She is an absolute joy to hold, play and look at. One of the best decisions I've made to have a guitar made for me.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: DavidP on May 01, 2018, 09:27:33 am
Her name is Cedar Clear Sky Ocean Deep and here's a video of her making.

Heartfelt thanks to DavidP, generous man, talented man that you  are. David volunteered to make this video. He knows what a luddite I am when it comes to this sort of stuff.

At the end of the video you'll find the song that Pete sang as a blessing the day I became custodian of Cedar Clear Sky Ocean Deep. Thankyou David, so very much. I hope Vincent and Theo didn't feel neglected in the time it took you to produce this.
;D glad to have helped you out with this, Batwoman.

I should add that the music backing the picture slideshow was extracted from a review of a Walcott PW65 guitar published on Pete's website.  I'd have credited the player but for the fact that I couldn't clearly make out his name on the video.

Wish you years of musical joy playing Cedar and entertaining others.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: DarrellW on May 01, 2018, 01:39:27 pm
I’m lost for words!!! Most unusual for me......
What a lovely story to keep, you’re absolutely right about the best thing you’ve done, it really is exceptional and most important unique, you can’t put a value on the connection you’re building now, it’s priceless!!!
Nicely put together David, very sensitivity done and very much to the point, kudos!!!
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: embishop on May 07, 2018, 01:48:39 am
Beautiful, simply beautiful. I love seeing how happy you are in the photo. Enjoy your time playing together.

Mari
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on May 07, 2018, 02:28:47 am
Beautiful, simply beautiful. I love seeing how happy you are in the photo. Enjoy your time playing together.

Mari

Thanks Mari, it sure was a happy day and the happiness continues.  :)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on May 07, 2018, 02:30:08 am
You look so happy holding it.
We need to here how she sounds.

Thanks Matek, I'm still grinning. I'll post a recording when I can get something decent.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on May 07, 2018, 02:31:29 am
I’m lost for words!!! Most unusual for me......
What a lovely story to keep, you’re absolutely right about the best thing you’ve done, it really is exceptional and most important unique, you can’t put a value on the connection you’re building now, it’s priceless!!!
Nicely put together David, very sensitivity done and very much to the point, kudos!!!

Ha ha Darrell lost for words, funny. She will never be a cupboard queen!
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: close2u on May 07, 2018, 08:11:39 am
Wonderful. Pictures painting thousands of words.  :)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: Fox Cunning on May 07, 2018, 09:01:31 am
Congrats for your new guitar! It looks amazing and I'm sure it sounds amazing as well. Can't wait to hear it now ;)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on May 08, 2018, 03:49:24 am
Congrats for your new guitar! It looks amazing and I'm sure it sounds amazing as well. Can't wait to hear it now ;)

Thanks Fox. I still don't play as well as I expect myself too, so it will be a wait.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on July 01, 2018, 06:44:15 am
I'm so proud of myself.

Today I did something that's taken me two years to summon enough courage to do. I performed and led a song at  our Acoustics Club Pop Up Jam. First time ever. To my great surprise I didn't stuff up, kept smiling, looked at the guitarists and audience who smiled back at me, kept playing and singing in the way I expect myself to, stayed in time. It was also the first time I've played outdoors. It was weird, the wind whips the sounds away.  Need to develop more vocal volume and projection.

Cedar was the star of the show.

Really, really impressed with myself. Go me.  8)
(http://i.imgur.com/oV063aO.jpg) (https://imgur.com/oV063aO)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: close2u on July 01, 2018, 07:22:29 am
Fantastic

 :)


Go you indeed!
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on July 01, 2018, 07:23:51 am
Fantastic

 :)


Go you indeed!

Thankyou Close. Whew!
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: DavidP on July 01, 2018, 07:26:02 am
Three enormous cheers for Batwoman !!!

I am simply thrilled and delighted for you, what a break through.  Your list of accomplishments is growing.  I suggest you stick these photographs up all over your house ... this one and the ones from last year's performance at that year-end concert, plus a printout of choice Community comments made when you posted your song ... it'll keep on reminding you of all you have done, how far you have come and put the doubts to flight !!!

As LBro would say ROCK ON !!!
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on July 01, 2018, 07:35:30 am
Three enormous cheers for Batwoman !!!

I am simply thrilled and delighted for you, what a break through.  Your list of accomplishments is growing.  I suggest you stick these photographs up all over your house ... this one and the ones from last year's performance at that year-end concert, plus a printout of choice Community comments made when you posted your song ... it'll keep on reminding you of all you have done, how far you have come and put the doubts to flight !!!

As LBro would say ROCK ON !!!

Aw gee so generous of you David. What a great coach you make  :)  Did this on the spur of the moment. I will indeed by rockin' on, rather than rocking in my rocking chair.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: DarrellW on July 01, 2018, 07:59:24 am
Well done you 😎😎😎
No looking back now, the ice has been broken the world is your oyster!!!
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: Lord_Gigabyte on July 01, 2018, 11:55:39 am
\o/ \o/ \o/

Hooray!!! Congratulations BatWoman!!
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: CT on July 01, 2018, 03:56:53 pm
@Batwoman, that looks like great fun! Playing out at the lake, someone brings a fiddle, someone else brings their guitar. So cool. Being able to sing well is pure gold in the circles I travel in. You will never be left off of the invitation list when the players you know get together.   
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on July 02, 2018, 02:14:57 am
Well done you 😎😎😎
No looking back now, the ice has been broken the world is your oyster!!!

Thankyou Darrell, your celebration means a lot to me.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on July 02, 2018, 02:20:55 am
@Batwoman, that looks like great fun! Playing out at the lake, someone brings a fiddle, someone else brings their guitar. So cool. Being able to sing well is pure gold in the circles I travel in. You will never be left off of the invitation list when the players you know get together.   

Thankyou CT. It sure was fun. There's a sweet joy being part of a circle of people playing acoustic guitar.  We had about 10 guitars, 2 ukes, an acoustic bass, a mandolin and a fiddle and around 10 audience. Not sure about the invitation list but I'll keep working on it  :D 
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on July 02, 2018, 02:21:49 am
\o/ \o/ \o/

Hooray!!! Congratulations BatWoman!!

Thankyou so much Lord G. Makes me happy.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: tobyjenner on July 02, 2018, 08:42:59 am
Mrs B big congrats on your achievement. What a wonderful setting as well. This should give you a big confidence boost, so onwards and upwards  8)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on July 03, 2018, 03:16:51 am
Mrs B big congrats on your achievement. What a wonderful setting as well. This should give you a big confidence boost, so onwards and upwards  8)

Thankyou Toby, you're right, it's reduced the stage fright, though I still have  way to go.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: embishop on July 03, 2018, 02:38:03 pm
Cedar was the star of the show.
What a great photo, you can just see joy emanating from you. And what an accomplishment. I suspect though that it's the partnership between you and Cedar that makes it something special. :)

Mari
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on July 04, 2018, 01:49:58 am
What a great photo, you can just see joy emanating from you. And what an accomplishment. I suspect though that it's the partnership between you and Cedar that makes it something special. :)

Mari

Thanks Mari. Yes, singing with Cedar gives me so much joy. She really is a very beautiful guitar.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: jamesgardiner on July 05, 2018, 12:53:19 am
 

Sent from my [device_name] using JustinGuitar Community mobile app (http://JustinGuitar Community mobile app)

Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: redrhodie on July 05, 2018, 01:29:00 am
I'm very impressed with you, too! Yay, you did it!

Sent from my Moto G (5S) Plus using Tapatalk

Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on July 05, 2018, 04:01:20 am
I'm very impressed with you, too! Yay, you did it!

Thanks Lynne, that means a lot to me. Having a guitar as good as Cedar seems to lift me. I also played a bit of Smoke on the Water with my teachers electric guitar last week. He turned it up very loud, added lots of distortion and effects. He was playing drums and yelling 'One more time'.

Truly cathartic, something changed for me being that loud.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: redrhodie on July 05, 2018, 02:33:30 pm
Thanks Lynne, that means a lot to me. Having a guitar as good as Cedar seems to lift me. I also played a bit of Smoke on the Water with my teachers electric guitar last week. He turned it up very loud, added lots of distortion and effects. He was playing drums and yelling 'One more time'.

Truly cathartic, something changed for me being that loud.
That's so cool! Do you have an electric guitar? You know what I'm thinking if you don't? I'm thinking you need an electric guitar.

(Oh, maybe that's why my middle name is Trouble!)



Sent from my Moto G (5S) Plus using Tapatalk

Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on July 06, 2018, 03:38:32 am
That's so cool! Do you have an electric guitar? You know what I'm thinking if you don't? I'm thinking you need an electric guitar.

(Oh, maybe that's why my middle name is Trouble!)

Dear Trouble,
I don't think it's a good idea to encourage me  :) no I don't have an electric guitar.

Yesterday my teacher seized the opportunity to push me a bit further in my endeavors to overcome my fear. He knew about the Jam. The track at the end of this post is what we did. I didn't have the recorder positioned right. It didn't pick up his drums or singing.

I wanted to workshop the song before attempting to play, get everything right which would have taken up most of the lesson which means I'd avoid playing. He knows this trick of mine so he pushed me, not letting me stop, muck around getting ready etc.

I know it's bad, could make a long list of what's not good, but I'm not. Posting this is will take another chip off the destructive sh*t that goes on in my head. It's OK to be imperfect, awful even. The really bad bit between about 2.09 and 2.47 is what I do when I get scared because someone is listening to me, and then I lose the plot. The two little girls who have a lesson after mine had arrived and I could feel them and their mother standing behind me. I turned around to look at them and lost my place completely. They chose to learn the same song in their lesson, one on keys and the other on drums.

I'm loving my new name Rock Granny  ;D ;D ;D

Be warned this is rooly rooly bad, but I don't care. Listen at your own peril and fer gawds sake don't put headphones on.
https://soundcloud.com/user-32910351/seven-nation-army-1/s-2Kc2T
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: DarrellW on July 06, 2018, 05:21:24 am
Woohoo.....
Rock on!!!
Nothing awful about it at all.... in fact awesome 😎
You need an electric guitar even if it’s only for fun!!!
For not too much of an investment you can get a PRS SE Santana, very nice and not expensive - just the job!!!
http://www.guitarfactory.com.au/Guitars/Electric/PRS/SE-Series/prs-se-carlos-santana
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: DavidP on July 06, 2018, 06:42:20 am
Hey Rock Granny,

I'm with Darrell ... sounding down and dirty, in the groove and I confess I lived dangerous and enjoyed that through my headphones.

Listening to you makes me want to run home, grab up the electric, turn the amp up and dig into that riff.  Now all I need is a drummer and vocalist :)

Batwoman, take a bow for posting it ... keep on chipping away and giving the destructive sh1t a suitably rock middle finger ... because your playing warrants being heard.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on July 06, 2018, 07:16:55 am
Today got better and better. I had something to drop off at my teacher's studio this arvo. He invited me to join him and another mature age (not as mature as Rock Granny by about 20 years) who has been learning drums for a few weeks, for a jam. We were getting set up when his next student arrived, a 9 year old girl who has the most amazing confidence. She ditched her acoustic, demanded an electric, asked that it be turned up loud and louder yet and off we went. Three guitars, one drum kit.  Whaaaaaaaa hooooooo

Another first musical experience. Much easier with other players. I played much better too. Yesterday I would have given myself 1/10, today 5/10.

So much fun.

I'm so happy I could just about fly off the planet and go into orbit.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on July 06, 2018, 07:19:28 am
Woohoo.....
Rock on!!!
Nothing awful about it at all.... in fact awesome 😎
You need an electric guitar even if it’s only for fun!!!
For not too much of an investment you can get a PRS SE Santana, very nice and not expensive - just the job!!!
http://www.guitarfactory.com.au/Guitars/Electric/PRS/SE-Series/prs-se-carlos-santana

Thanks Darrell, you musn't have heard all the bloopers, missed timing, poor placement of fingers on the fret etc. Oh dear tempting me with an electric, seems you have teamed up with Ms Trouble. For the moment I'll content myself with learning on one of my teacher's guitars. Then I want to play a bass guitar.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on July 06, 2018, 07:22:23 am
Hey Rock Granny,

I'm with Darrell ... sounding down and dirty, in the groove and I confess I lived dangerous and enjoyed that through my headphones.

Listening to you makes me want to run home, grab up the electric, turn the amp up and dig into that riff.  Now all I need is a drummer and vocalist :)

Batwoman, take a bow for posting it ... keep on chipping away and giving the destructive sh1t a suitably rock middle finger ... because your playing warrants being heard.

Headphones? Oh you do know how to live on the edge David  :D  Hope you get to play Vincent this w/e
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: DavidP on July 06, 2018, 08:10:58 am
Today got better and better. I had something to drop off at my teacher's studio this arvo. He invited me to join him and another mature age (not as mature as Rock Granny by about 20 years) who has been learning drums for a few weeks, for a jam. We were getting set up when his next student arrived, a 9 year old girl who has the most amazing confidence. She ditched her acoustic, demanded an electric, asked that it be turned up loud and louder yet and off we went. Three guitars, one drum kit.  Whaaaaaaaa hooooooo

Another first musical experience. Much easier with other players. I played much better too. Yesterday I would have given myself 1/10, today 5/10.

So much fun.

I'm so happy I could just about fly off the planet and go into orbit.
It just gets better and better every time I read one of your posts.

But have to say you sure know how to push my buttons :) ...

As a listener and fellow learner player, I am struggling to understand you rating your playing yesterday as 1/10 ... I guess if it works for you then who am I to say anything ... but in my mind I can't rate what I heard as 1/10 ... suppose it all depends on how the scale is calibrated. 

Being naive and not recognising areas that need improvement ... over-rating ... is a problem and I personally think under-rating is equally a problem, but I suppose only if it ends up limiting your confidence. 

Hmmm ... OK ... keep on rating yourself 1/10 and keep on sharing those performances irrespective and I'll be a happy follower of Rock Granny

That rant aside ... so thrilled to hear of all the progress your are making and the new experiences with other musicians you are having !!

Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: willsie01 on July 06, 2018, 08:40:37 am
Batwoman, I loved it 👍🏼
You kept going through the interruptions and got it back.
Couldn’t hear the drums and vocal too well which means the groove I felt was generated by you.
Well done. 😊
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: redrhodie on July 06, 2018, 10:19:33 am
That was entirely awesome, and parts were really excellent. Where it was excellent, in my opinion, was right after your first noticeable mistake. I could almost hear you go "oh well, I might as well just play through" and you relaxed. Of course I know what happened after that. You psyched yourself out, but then you got back on. That's really cool. Now you know you can do it!

I'm really happy and excited for you!

You definitely need an electric guitar. Everyone who hears this is gonna say so.



Sent from my Moto G (5S) Plus using Tapatalk

Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: CT on July 06, 2018, 03:28:18 pm
Nice! Playing with others and taking chances is a great way to get better and have fun while doing it. Recording everything, warts and all, is good too -- I call it "scatchpadding" (for lack of a better term). You've inspired me to release some of my scratchpads to soundcloud.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: DarrellW on July 06, 2018, 04:43:36 pm
You definitely need an electric guitar. Everyone who hears this is gonna say so.
100%, we need to nag BW to get one 🤣🤣🤣
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: embishop on July 06, 2018, 05:32:17 pm
Rock on Batwoman! Holy cow!!! That was just totally good fun, and good music. For sure I'm on the encourage-Batwoman-to-get-an-electric-guitar-bandwagon! Of course I'll be just as happy to hear you playing Cedar! We've been thinking about getting a bass guitar at my home too, but there's not a lot of selection where we live since we're leaning towards getting an acoustic bass (as I encourage your conversion to electric lol). Whatever you're planning though - keep having fun!!
Mari
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: DarrellW on July 06, 2018, 06:39:06 pm
Ukulele basses are good fun, same tuning as well 👍👍👍
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on July 07, 2018, 04:05:39 am
I just spent ages typing replies to every one of you lovely people and got an error message, so I'm spitting the dummy and stomping off.

I'll try again later.

Thankyou so much for your feedback and encouragement.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: oldhead49 on July 08, 2018, 08:36:12 pm
Oh yeah!!!  Cedar and BW.  Or should I say RG with the electric.  This is so  8) 8) and just makes me  ;D ;D.  Seriously!!!
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: Matek on July 21, 2018, 08:29:35 pm
Was that you saying "I'm not ready, I'm not ready!!!"
And then you rocked!!!
A few hiccups but I'll bet you enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on July 23, 2018, 05:29:44 am
Was that you saying "I'm not ready, I'm not ready!!!"
And then you rocked!!!
A few hiccups but I'll bet you enjoyed it.

Yes Matek, that's me squeaking 'I'm not ready.' I'd been messing around starting and stopping so my teacher insisted that I start and not stop. That's why you hear the messy bit where I lost the plot. Thanks for your kind comment, I sure did have fun.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on July 27, 2018, 07:39:50 am
Today Rock Granny had another adventure. I played BASS guitar for the first time.  ::) 

It's the first time I've held a bass, man are they heavy and those strings are so thick!  The drummer is another mature age student (though not as mature as I  ;D )  who's been learning just a few months.

Our challenge was to pick up a new song and play it after just one run through.

https://soundcloud.com/user-32910351/devil-do-drums-lead-bass/s-mCMkW

We had a lot of fun.

Something I discovered today is that it's harder for me to play and NOT sing. I had to concentrate like crazy to know where I was in the bar and notes and I wasn't always successful, hence the coaching. There was a lot more to listen for, a skill that will come as I play with others. I was busy remembering what came next, no chart to depend on. I hadn't realised how much I rely on lyrics to locate where I am in a piece of music. Need to develop my ear.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: DarrellW on July 27, 2018, 09:32:03 am
That was ACE 👍😎 sounds like you were having lots of fun!!!
If you’re finding a big bass a bit of a handful there are short scale ones (Thomann do an inexpensive but ok one) and of course my favourite a Ukulele Bass - same tuning just a lot smaller; here’s mine next to my 000 size guitar
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1xEXimP85v3yFH4LTPC9pi4QPPEOHUVf3
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: DavidP on July 27, 2018, 01:50:44 pm
Good for your, RG ... thoroughly enjoyed that.  So much so that I am tempted to try and learn the song ...  sounded great.  Now I need your bass track to play over :)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: MrBumble on July 27, 2018, 02:37:35 pm
Yes indeedy, great fun!

I dabbled with bass about 30 years ago. When I had my friend's bass in for a re-wire a few weeks ago I found I couldn't remember a thin about it.

Keep on rocking.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: embishop on July 27, 2018, 03:51:12 pm
Wow that sounded like such fun! Nice sounds on your bass, this is not helpful for my GAS ailment! 😃

Mari
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: DarrellW on July 27, 2018, 03:56:07 pm
Wow that sounded like such fun! Nice sounds on your bass, this is not helpful for my GAS ailment! 😃
Mari
🤣🤣🤣
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on July 30, 2018, 06:47:18 am
Wow that sounded like such fun! Nice sounds on your bass, this is not helpful for my GAS ailment! 😃
Mari

This might increase the severity of your symptoms Mari .... I now have the loan of a brand new bass and amp. I'm having a lot of fun with it.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on July 30, 2018, 06:50:07 am
That was ACE 👍😎 sounds like you were having lots of fun!!!
If you’re finding a big bass a bit of a handful there are short scale ones (Thomann do an inexpensive but ok one) and of course my favourite a Ukulele Bass - same tuning just a lot smaller; here’s mine next to my 000 size guitar
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1xEXimP85v3yFH4LTPC9pi4QPPEOHUVf3

They both look like lovely guitars Darrell. Owning a bass is a long way off for me, if ever, but I'll consider what you've shown me. Thanks.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: oldhead49 on August 02, 2018, 04:05:52 pm
Go, go, go.  It’s a lot harder playing notes and singing than strumming chords, for sure. You are having a good time, but so are we when you make these posts. Thanks for that. How’s the duo coming?


Sent from my iPhone using JustinGuitar.com Forum
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on August 04, 2018, 07:18:49 am
Go, go, go.  It’s a lot harder playing notes and singing than strumming chords, for sure. You are having a good time, but so are we when you make these posts. Thanks for that. How’s the duo coming?

Yes, you're right about singing notes Dave. I still can't sing and play bass. Oh how that sentence makes me laugh. Never in a million years would I have even dreamed of being able to write such a thing. I'm glad you're enjoying the posts, it makes me happy to get such lovely feedback.

The Honeys? We are stalled right now. Have had very few rehearsals. Leonie's aged parents who don't live locally are needing a lot of support. All I can say is we'll be ready when we're ready and that won't be soon.

Yesterday I jammed with three other women, the drummer from last week, another guitarist and a uke playing woman who wants to sing, me on bass, along with my wonderful teacher. We had a hoot of a time and plan on meeting regularly. We may even form a group.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on August 30, 2018, 08:11:06 am
August 12, 2018. I posted a recording of Chocolate Jesus in AVOYP.

I'm so encouraged by the generous response and comments of you good folk. Thankyou for that.  :)

I was also invited by Roman to do a collab with him, same song Beth Hart style Whooooooooooo. Nearly fell off my chair when I read his post, but not for a minute did I hesitate to say 'thankyou very much' (not in an Elvis voice mind you)

What a brave man you are Roman to take on such a beginner  ??? 

Till then I'd made it an art form to know nothing about using recording software. I had to bite the bullet and learn how to use a DAW in order to collaborate with Roman and anyone else. My first step was to Google DAW and find out what it meant.  :-[   Reaper was my choice. Oh me oh my I had no idea. Like a toddler heading for a plate of cupcakes I started out all curious, excited and optimistic that I could learn the basics.

Day 1, after downloading and opening Reaper and making my first recording the toddler had what was to be the first of many meltdowns. I've never encountered a program so challenging. It's been like trying to find my way through a foreign land where I don't speak the language, my GPS won't work and I have the wrong map.

In an early message from Roman he said "soon you'll learn all the nuances of digital recording"  Nothing could have been further from the truth. Nuances?  :o

After the first meltdown which was followed by a migraine, the paramedics arrived in the form of LBro and Coach David (DavidP)

Between them they got me sorted. They both deserve a medal for bravery and going above and beyond the call of the pan pipes.

I can now make a recording and know how to render it to file. I thought rendering was what happened to turkey fat in a hot oven!

When I'm rational about it all I know that one of the outcomes will be that I'll able to play and sing better. Listening to playback through headphones gives me a lot of clarity and understanding about my playing and how I can improve. Perhaps too, after the work LBro and Coach David have done with me I'll even be able to make better recordings.

I've still got a long way to go before I get recordings that will be good enough for Roman. Will they be nuance filled treasures? I don't think so.

Meltdowns accompanied by tantrums and dummy spits continue to happen every other day as I stumble and bumble my way around Reaper.  Numerous therapeutic cups of tea are consumed on those days, along with a little cry into my hanky and some dark mumblings and mutterings. Usually Coach David or LBro fly by and sort me out. They seem to know somehow. Bless their generous hearts.

Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: DavidP on August 30, 2018, 02:11:16 pm
Maggie aka Batwoman aka Rock Granny,

You are an inspiration to me.  You are brave and persistent ... despite all that you have described, after a calming cuppa tea, you are back at it. 

I have no doubt that slowly, surely and inexorably, you'll figure this out.  And 6 months from now, you'll have forgotten the melt downs and be producing musical treats for us full of nuances.

You CJ was actually already a treat.  This will just open up more possibilities, particularly for these virtual collaborations. 

And as you get more familiar, beware of of GAS.  I told my colleagues after I'd posted my first super LoFi recordings that I didn't see myself needing an Audio Interface and mic. HA ... could I ever have been more wrong :) 

Cedar is blessed with top notch on-board electronics.  You are blessed with a voice many of us dream of.  I can just imagine you recording a live version of CJ, just you and Cedar with Cedar plugged in and you into a condensor mic capturing all the mood and dynamics of your singing.  There's a fresh round of goose-bumps.

It's a great pleasure to be able to offer some assistance, even just moral support ... it's what we all do for each other !!

As LBro would say ...

Rock on recording !!!
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on August 31, 2018, 02:11:19 am
And as you get more familiar, beware of of GAS.  I told my colleagues after I'd posted my first super LoFi recordings that I didn't see myself needing an Audio Interface and mic. HA ... could I ever have been more wrong :) 

David ..... NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO  :o ::) ;D

I'm happy with my Zoom, laptop with Reaper installed, vintage headphones and Cedar. Enough for me  8)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: DavidP on August 31, 2018, 05:20:19 am
David ..... NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO  :o ::) ;D

I'm happy with my Zoom, laptop with Reaper installed, vintage headphones and Cedar. Enough for me  8)
LoL ... and you need no more.  That was said somewhat tongue-in-cheek, knowing your thoughts and feelings on this topic  ;D
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: redrhodie on August 31, 2018, 01:16:18 pm
Maggie,

You really are an inspiration. It is amazing to watch and hear your progress. I think you're awesome.

I hated learning to record, but I don't use a DAW. We have a Tascam portable digital studio. It was like learning to speak another language to use it. I had MANY meltdowns. Occasionally, I'll forget to press "save" and everything we are working on is gone. But, I have gotten better and better at using it. Things that used to take me hours take me minutes. It's mostly smooth sailing now. I am sure you'll also get the hang of it soon.

Something I did right at the start that was really, really helpful was I got a friend to record me in his home studio, and I picked up a lot of tips about mic placement and things like that from watching him. If you know someone who records at home, I'd ask them if they'd spend a few hours recording with you. It's much easier to learn by watching.

I can't wait to hear what you're working on! Very exciting!

Lynn



Sent from my Moto G (5S) Plus using Tapatalk

Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on September 01, 2018, 05:07:02 am
Maggie,

You really are an inspiration. It is amazing to watch and hear your progress. I think you're awesome.

I hated learning to record, but I don't use a DAW. We have a Tascam portable digital studio. It was like learning to speak another language to use it. I had MANY meltdowns. Occasionally, I'll forget to press "save" and everything we are working on is gone. But, I have gotten better and better at using it. Things that used to take me hours take me minutes. It's mostly smooth sailing now. I am sure you'll also get the hang of it soon.

Something I did right at the start that was really, really helpful was I got a friend to record me in his home studio, and I picked up a lot of tips about mic placement and things like that from watching him. If you know someone who records at home, I'd ask them if they'd spend a few hours recording with you. It's much easier to learn by watching.

I can't wait to hear what you're working on! Very exciting!

Lynn

Thanks Lynn for your kind words and for the encouragement.  :)  It sure has been a tough, bumpy road. I don't dare say I hate Reaper  because Coach David will give me a slap  ;D 

I've managed three days without a meltdown so that's progress. I'm particularly comforted by "But, I have gotten better and better at using it. Things that used to take me hours take me minutes."  In the beginning my greatest frustration was that I'd spend hours on something and get nowhere. LBro has been absolutely fantastic with the help he's given me.

Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: brianlarsen on October 30, 2018, 08:52:53 am
I just stumbled across the road case section of the forum-
Some interesting stories here  :)

Feedback...the nasty kind... which I've discovered is called the Larsen Effect.
  ;D ;D ;D

Don'tcha love misquotes?  ;)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on October 30, 2018, 11:18:16 pm
I just stumbled across the road case section of the forum-
Some interesting stories here  :)
  ;D ;D ;D

Don'tcha love misquotes?  ;)

Whaaaaaaaaaaat?
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: Rufusragatip on October 31, 2018, 11:35:04 am
Hi,

I'm only on page 5 and will finish reading your road case shortly, but just thought you should know -

'Thankyou Darrell, you're right, this guitar will be treasured by me. I've also made arrangements in my will that the guitar goes back to Pete so he can pass it on.'

Your statement made me cry.

Kind regards,
Rufus

Hi again,

Wow!
I N S P I R A T I O N A L and you give so much without wanting anything in return.

(You thought 'rendering' was turkey fat - I thought it was plaster on the wall)  ;) :D

Kind regards,
Rufus
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on November 01, 2018, 03:52:17 am
Hi,

I'm only on page 5 and will finish reading your road case shortly, but just thought you should know -

'Thankyou Darrell, you're right, this guitar will be treasured by me. I've also made arrangements in my will that the guitar goes back to Pete so he can pass it on.'

Your statement made me cry.

Kind regards,
Rufus

Hi again,

Wow!
I N S P I R A T I O N A L and you give so much without wanting anything in return.

(You thought 'rendering' was turkey fat - I thought it was plaster on the wall)  ;) :D

Kind regards,
Rufus

Thanks for reading my RC Rufus and thanks for your comments. Sorry I made you cry. It's inevitable that I won't be here one day, so being a practical person I've organised for Cedar to go back to Pete. I've told him so and he'll make sure she goes to the right person.

Ha ha, yes plaster on the wall, that's good.  ;D  I'm still coming to grips with learning how to use Reaper. Will update in a while.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on November 25, 2018, 08:24:40 am
Drugs, pain and a lack of sleep ….  stoned in charge of a mic …. hey it worked for me.

It seems I’ve embraced the rock ’n roll life style.  8)

Mods before you reach for the delete button, let me explain.

Today November 25, 2018 marks a happy day for me.  The collaboration with Roman and Kevin is done and posted for the community to hear.

I was dumb struck that Roman would invite me, but this golden opportunity was too good to turn down. Despite my huge reservations, I swallowed my fears and doubts and plunged into what was to become a transformative and ultimately triumphant journey for me.

I’ve never had any interest in recording. I knew absolutely nothing about any of it and didn’t want to know. In order to be part of the collab I had to learn how to use Reaper. A few weeks down the track, it was apparent that I needed to buy and learn how to use some good recording gear.  The first month was dreadful. I had migraines, meltdowns and more tantrums than a toddler who’d been drinking red cordial. LBro came to the rescue. With patience and humour he coached me and got me to a point where I could make and render a recording.

I’ve struggled. It’s been challenging and hard. But I didn’t give up!

On a deeper level it’s been a painful, dark, dreadful personal inner journey that’s accompanied me every step of the way. Self-doubt and despair almost crushed me at points. In sticking with the project, I’ve finally triumphed over the demons that have dogged me through this process and through most of my life. DavidP has been an empathetic, encouraging friend through all of this, believing in me when I couldn’t.

I reached a turning point. I’d been working on a vocal track for a couple of weeks, learning how to use a mic, how to sing without my guitar, trying to figure out how to let out what I could hear inside my head. I wasn’t happy with anything I recorded. More self-doubt and despair. Roman was waiting for my tracks. I didn’t want to let him and Cagn down or delay the project. I was so stressed and anxious about it all I developed a severe migraine that wouldn’t go away. I’d decided that Sunday was the day I had to get the tracks to Roman. Went to bed Saturday night with a head full of pain. Lay awake till 2am, decided I had to take the drugs my doctor had prescribed (breathe now mods). I was still awake at 7am and still in pain, so thought ‘ I have to get these tracks done today. I want to send tracks, not excuses. I can’t sing like this or my head will explode’ so I took more drugs.

Feeling decidedly odd and wobbly, but determined I’d get the takes done, I set myself up for recording. Through the next couple of hours, every lawn mower in my village roared to life, the neighbour’s dogs decided I needed barking vocalists in the mix and just to top it off the neighbour’s two children took it in turns to have giant meltdowns just a few metres from my music room. I dug my determined little hooves in, popped on my headphones, hit Record and there I was, stoned in charge of a mic. I don't really know what happened because suddenly I was in my happy place, I was singing and nothing else mattered. All the 'not good enough' rubbish dissolved away. I forgot about everything except how much I love to sing, a moment suspended in time. I was in my happy place and nothing else existed outside what I could hear in my headphones.

Wait … who is this singing in my headphones? Is this me? This is the voice I hear in my head and feel in my heart that I haven’t been able to let out. Woooo am I in a parallel universe? My rational self said ‘Woman, you’re off the planet, sleep deprived and delusional. Listen back.’  To my great surprise and relief, it still sounded good.  Whoooo Hoooooooo.

Something changed that day. I opened a door that’s been locked shut most of my life.

Such is the power of making music.

For those of you who may be concerned I’ve gone to the dark side, let it be known that since that day I’ve been able to sing without the assistance of a migraine, lack of sleep or drugs. The remaining vocals were recorded straight rather than stoned and it’s still my real voice.

Looking back over the past three months, I can see so much good has come out of this.

Roman how can I ever thank you enough?  I’ve always admired your work and been in awe of your level of excellence. All through this project, every time I’ve doubted myself, I’ve remembered that you heard something in my first little recording that had potential. You’re a brave man taking on a beginner. Thankyou for taking that leap.

You’ve been wonderful to work with – generous, methodical, patient, encouraging and often very funny. It’s been fascinating watching how you craft a production. We’ve discovered we have something in common – we will never surrender!

The way in which you’ve turned my tracks into something good is a marvel. You are a maestro.

The opportunity you’ve given me has opened so many doors. I’m now working on a collab with another forum member, using my fancy new gear, and I’m learning how to use Reaper.  I’m burning with an even deeper passion for music and a determination to improve. After listening to your bass playing on the recording, as well as those amazing drums of yours I’ve bought a bass guitar. He’s called Red.

Red Button Paralysis doesn’t happen anymore and I no longer go to pulp if someone hears me sing and play.

This collaboration has been the catalyst for all these wonderful things that have enhanced my life.

Kevin … what a talented musician you are. As the project developed it’s been awe-inspiring listening to your tracks. You make it sound so easy. Thankyou for taking the time to add your style and power and fantastic playing to this project. Without your tracks, this project would never have come to life. I’ve loved breathing the same air as you for a little while.

Thankyou Roman and Kevin. Thankyou LBro and David.

This project is a dream I didn’t even dare to dream, and it’s come true.

It’s particularly sweet because I’m in the closing chapter of my life. I turn 70 in January 2019. 

Maggie
https://soundcloud.com/user-32910351/chocolate-jesus
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: DavidP on November 25, 2018, 09:38:04 am
You're truly inspirational, Maggie.

Brave, determined, willing to step up and confront every challenge.

I am honoured to be walking with you and full of anticipation as you move forward from this moment, able to explore, learn and grow as a musician and person, full of re-found self-belief and confidence.

Can't wait for the next chapter of this Road Case !!
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: DanniTSI3 on November 25, 2018, 10:33:55 am
Awe I loved reading that! The things that challenge us make us grow... And it sounds as though that's exactly what has happened for you in this project! I'm so so happy for you having such a breakthrough!

Today my 4.5 year old for the first time went on the big swing (rather than the baby swing with the chain that I have to push her in). Turns out she can actually do it all by herself. All she need was someone who believed in her and a willingness to give it a go. She suprised herself and is absolutely chuffed.

Sorry, I digressed... .

But I think us humans have capacity for things and we doubt ourselves, no matter what our age.

Well done batwoman. Can't wait to hear the collab!

Sent from my [device_name] using JustinGuitar Community mobile app (http://JustinGuitar Community mobile app)

Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: CT on November 25, 2018, 03:57:37 pm
Heck of a story and journey, and the results were incredible. Such a great track! You have a lot of fans here, and I'm in that camp as well. So nice to see your soundcloud with a public song.
(https://media.giphy.com/media/FyKfqRxVbzciY/giphy.gif)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: Sweed77 on November 25, 2018, 04:22:23 pm
Thanks for sharing that Maggie. 

I've done a few songs with Roman and there really is pressure (not from Roman), that we put on ourselves, to get things done and not feel like you're letting the band down.  I totally understand a lot of the feelings you went through and very happy to see you overcame it all and "never surrendered"! :)

I've had a listen and it is a great track.  Inspiring story and very happy for you having a dream come to reality.

Sweed
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: max_mue on November 25, 2018, 10:29:18 pm
Thanks for sharing your story with us, Maggie - truly inspiring. I love your way of telling a story and your way of expressing yourself in general :)

Quote
This project is a dream I didn’t even dare to dream, and it’s come true.
Reading this just makes me happy :)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on November 26, 2018, 06:04:29 am
You're truly inspirational, Maggie.

Brave, determined, willing to step up and confront every challenge.

I am honoured to be walking with you and full of anticipation as you move forward from this moment, able to explore, learn and grow as a musician and person, full of re-found self-belief and confidence.

Can't wait for the next chapter of this Road Case !!
Next chapter mmmm let's see.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on November 26, 2018, 06:07:05 am
Awe I loved reading that! The things that challenge us make us grow... And it sounds as though that's exactly what has happened for you in this project! I'm so so happy for you having such a breakthrough!

But I think us humans have capacity for things and we doubt ourselves, no matter what our age.

At a few points Danni, I wondered if it would be breakthrough or breakdown :o You're right too about how our self limiting attitudes can keep us stuck. I like to think I'll wear out rather than rust out  :)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on November 26, 2018, 06:10:26 am
Heck of a story and journey, and the results were incredible. Such a great track! You have a lot of fans here, and I'm in that camp as well. So nice to see your soundcloud with a public song.
(https://media.giphy.com/media/FyKfqRxVbzciY/giphy.gif)

Thanks Clint. With a production from the Studio of Schlaffenwagen how could I keep it private? Want more? Well Oliver you may have to wait a while. I'm busy right now preparing for the end of year student concert. My new bass, Red, is going to accompany other students in four songs, so I'm running my fingers in on those big, fat strings.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on November 26, 2018, 06:11:51 am
Thanks for sharing that Maggie. 

I've done a few songs with Roman and there really is pressure (not from Roman), that we put on ourselves, to get things done and not feel like you're letting the band down.  I totally understand a lot of the feelings you went through and very happy to see you overcame it all and "never surrendered"! :)

I've had a listen and it is a great track.  Inspiring story and very happy for you having a dream come to reality.

Sweed

Thanks Sweed. Roman never put pressure on me at all. It was me doing the bullying! It sure is a sweet place to be in right now.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on November 26, 2018, 06:13:23 am
Thanks for sharing your story with us, Maggie - truly inspiring. I love your way of telling a story and your way of expressing yourself in general :)
Reading this just makes me happy :)

You deserve a medal getting to the end of this long rave that's not written in your mother tongue Max. Thankyou for your lovely words.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: close2u on November 26, 2018, 07:22:18 am
Maggie, I am inspired and amazed at your wonderful story. I am not surprised that you came through and took yourself to the place you wanted / needed to be. Nor am I surprised that you had the help, encouragement and full support of your forum friends in achieving this dream.

Marvelous, marvellous, marvellous.
:)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: Rufusragatip on November 26, 2018, 12:12:53 pm
Hi,

Batwoman - with your outlook on life and your inner strength - nearly 70 may as well be nearly 30, and as has already been mentioned - you, just like several others here, are an inspiration.
You, Ma'am, are one in a million.

Kind regards,
Rufus
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: redrhodie on November 26, 2018, 12:39:48 pm
Wow Maggie! I can totally relate to the paralyzing fear you felt, and the relief that came from beating that.

You possess a really amazing talent. Your singing is beyond excellent and so enjoyable to listen to. I'm glad you're letting it loose. You're an inspiration in so many ways. The work you do with animals, the ability to learn and do things out of your comfort zone, and your kindness to everyone on the forum. You're almost too cool. ;)

Lynn



Sent from my Moto G (5S) Plus using Tapatalk

Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on November 26, 2018, 09:21:12 pm
Maggie, I am inspired and amazed at your wonderful story. I am not surprised that you came through and took yourself to the place you wanted / needed to be. Nor am I surprised that you had the help, encouragement and full support of your forum friends in achieving this dream.

Marvelous, marvellous, marvellous.
:)
Thankyou dear Richard, you are such a treasure. I hope your new ventures are meeting all your needs.

I hope my opening sentence didn't cause you consternation  :) and thanks for not deleting my post  ;D
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on November 26, 2018, 09:22:14 pm
Hi,

Batwoman - with your outlook on life and your inner strength - nearly 70 may as well be nearly 30, and as has already been mentioned - you, just like several others here, are an inspiration.
You, Ma'am, are one in a million.

Kind regards,
Rufus

With you medical history you know all about determination and grit Rufus. Your words bring tears to my eyes. Bless.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on November 26, 2018, 09:27:12 pm
Wow Maggie! I can totally relate to the paralyzing fear you felt, and the relief that came from beating that.

You possess a really amazing talent. Your singing is beyond excellent and so enjoyable to listen to. I'm glad you're letting it loose. You're an inspiration in so many ways. The work you do with animals, the ability to learn and do things out of your comfort zone, and your kindness to everyone on the forum. You're almost too cool. ;)

Lynn

Aaah Lynn I'm tearing up again. How kind you are, thankyou. I sure am on a good home run to being 70 right now. Music and musical buddies with whom to share, isn't this the best?
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: tobyjenner on November 26, 2018, 11:28:59 pm
Drugs, pain and a lack of sleep ….  stoned in charge of a mic …. hey it worked for me.

It seems I’ve embraced the rock ’n roll life style.  8)

Mods before you reach for the delete button, let me explain.

Today November 25, 2018 marks a happy day for me.  The collaboration with Roman and Kevin is done and posted for the community to hear.

I was dumb struck that Roman would invite me, but this golden opportunity was too good to turn down. Despite my huge reservations, I swallowed my fears and doubts and plunged into what was to become a transformative and ultimately triumphant journey for me.

I’ve never had any interest in recording. I knew absolutely nothing about any of it and didn’t want to know. In order to be part of the collab I had to learn how to use Reaper. A few weeks down the track, it was apparent that I needed to buy and learn how to use some good recording gear.  The first month was dreadful. I had migraines, meltdowns and more tantrums than a toddler who’d been drinking red cordial. LBro came to the rescue. With patience and humour he coached me and got me to a point where I could make and render a recording.

I’ve struggled. It’s been challenging and hard. But I didn’t give up!

On a deeper level it’s been a painful, dark, dreadful personal inner journey that’s accompanied me every step of the way. Self-doubt and despair almost crushed me at points. In sticking with the project, I’ve finally triumphed over the demons that have dogged me through this process and through most of my life. DavidP has been an empathetic, encouraging friend through all of this, believing in me when I couldn’t.

I reached a turning point. I’d been working on a vocal track for a couple of weeks, learning how to use a mic, how to sing without my guitar, trying to figure out how to let out what I could hear inside my head. I wasn’t happy with anything I recorded. More self-doubt and despair. Roman was waiting for my tracks. I didn’t want to let him and Cagn down or delay the project. I was so stressed and anxious about it all I developed a severe migraine that wouldn’t go away. I’d decided that Sunday was the day I had to get the tracks to Roman. Went to bed Saturday night with a head full of pain. Lay awake till 2am, decided I had to take the drugs my doctor had prescribed (breathe now mods). I was still awake at 7am and still in pain, so thought ‘ I have to get these tracks done today. I want to send tracks, not excuses. I can’t sing like this or my head will explode’ so I took more drugs.

Feeling decidedly odd and wobbly, but determined I’d get the takes done, I set myself up for recording. Through the next couple of hours, every lawn mower in my village roared to life, the neighbour’s dogs decided I needed barking vocalists in the mix and just to top it off the neighbour’s two children took it in turns to have giant meltdowns just a few metres from my music room. I dug my determined little hooves in, popped on my headphones, hit Record and there I was, stoned in charge of a mic. I don't really know what happened because suddenly I was in my happy place, I was singing and nothing else mattered. All the 'not good enough' rubbish dissolved away. I forgot about everything except how much I love to sing, a moment suspended in time. I was in my happy place and nothing else existed outside what I could hear in my headphones.

Wait … who is this singing in my headphones? Is this me? This is the voice I hear in my head and feel in my heart that I haven’t been able to let out. Woooo am I in a parallel universe? My rational self said ‘Woman, you’re off the planet, sleep deprived and delusional. Listen back.’  To my great surprise and relief, it still sounded good.  Whoooo Hoooooooo.

Something changed that day. I opened a door that’s been locked shut most of my life.

Such is the power of making music.

For those of you who may be concerned I’ve gone to the dark side, let it be known that since that day I’ve been able to sing without the assistance of a migraine, lack of sleep or drugs. The remaining vocals were recorded straight rather than stoned and it’s still my real voice.

Looking back over the past three months, I can see so much good has come out of this.

Roman how can I ever thank you enough?  I’ve always admired your work and been in awe of your level of excellence. All through this project, every time I’ve doubted myself, I’ve remembered that you heard something in my first little recording that had potential. You’re a brave man taking on a beginner. Thankyou for taking that leap.

You’ve been wonderful to work with – generous, methodical, patient, encouraging and often very funny. It’s been fascinating watching how you craft a production. We’ve discovered we have something in common – we will never surrender!

The way in which you’ve turned my tracks into something good is a marvel. You are a maestro.

The opportunity you’ve given me has opened so many doors. I’m now working on a collab with another forum member, using my fancy new gear, and I’m learning how to use Reaper.  I’m burning with an even deeper passion for music and a determination to improve. After listening to your bass playing on the recording, as well as those amazing drums of yours I’ve bought a bass guitar. He’s called Red.

Red Button Paralysis doesn’t happen anymore and I no longer go to pulp if someone hears me sing and play.

This collaboration has been the catalyst for all these wonderful things that have enhanced my life.

Kevin … what a talented musician you are. As the project developed it’s been awe-inspiring listening to your tracks. You make it sound so easy. Thankyou for taking the time to add your style and power and fantastic playing to this project. Without your tracks, this project would never have come to life. I’ve loved breathing the same air as you for a little while.

Thankyou Roman and Kevin. Thankyou LBro and David.

This project is a dream I didn’t even dare to dream, and it’s come true.

It’s particularly sweet because I’m in the closing chapter of my life. I turn 70 in January 2019. 

Maggie
https://soundcloud.com/user-32910351/chocolate-jesus

Wow Maggie I feel for you, in a good way.

Your age is just a number and another delusion us humans suffer from and need to measure. How many in the animal world looks at the calendar. You can only live in this minute, this moment, this now.

On the vocals side I can relate, as I still can't figure how Roman talked (coerced) me into making a singing debut and damn then repeat it. And yes that "who's singing this?" boy can I relate.

70 or 7 is academic its how you feel and I think you're feeling fine. Pharmaceuticals apart, a project like this is the best drug you can be taking. Lap it up and be here, right here, right now.

Keep enjoying this ride, step by step, fret by fret. A pleasure to share your story.

Deep bows.

Toby
 8)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on November 27, 2018, 02:01:06 am
Wow Maggie I feel for you, in a good way.

Your age is just a number and another delusion us humans suffer from and need to measure. How many in the animal world looks at the calendar. You can only live in this minute, this moment, this now.

On the vocals side I can relate, as I still can't figure how Roman talked (coerced) me into making a singing debut and damn then repeat it. And yes that "who's singing this?" boy can I relate.

70 or 7 is academic its how you feel and I think you're feeling fine. Pharmaceuticals apart, a project like this is the best drug you can be taking. Lap it up and be here, right here, right now.

Keep enjoying this ride, step by step, fret by fret. A pleasure to share your story.

Deep bows.

Toby
 8)

Wise words Toby. Music and the fine folk in the community have given me so much. Yes I'm feeling mighty fine, better than I have for a long time.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: Barend on November 28, 2018, 02:09:53 am
Hi Maggie.

As many others I find your Road case really inspirational. Thanks for sharing your struggles and successes.

I also went through the pain of  getting to know a DAW (Cubase) a few months ago.
My lowest point was struggling with an error message for hours on end on the first friday evening after buying it, only to discover the cable plugged into the AI was not making proper contact, creating the error message

The class you joined sounds like loads of fun. The fun is reflected in the music you shared.

I would never have guessed your age if you did not share it.

Great that you are in a place where you can explore your passion for music.

Rock on Maggie.





Sent from my [device_name] using JustinGuitar Community mobile app (http://JustinGuitar Community mobile app)

Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on November 28, 2018, 02:27:20 am
Hi Maggie.

As many others I find your Road case really inspirational. Thanks for sharing your struggles and successes.

I also went through the pain of  getting to know a DAW (Cubase) a few months ago.
My lowest point was struggling with an error message for hours on end on the first friday evening after buying it, only to discover the cable plugged into the AI was not making proper contact, creating the error message

The class you joined sounds like loads of fun. The fun is reflected in the music you shared.

I would never have guessed your age if you did not share it.

Great that you are in a place where you can explore your passion for music.

Rock on Maggie.

Oh yeah, malfunctioning cables, I hear you Barend. I had one with an intermittent fault. It took me hours of messing around and in the end LBro figured the problem. In the first 4 weeks I was attempting to use my little Zoom H2n which simply wasn't up to the job. It kept freezing Reaper. Once again, LBro worked through the options with me.

Thankyou so very much for your generous words. Music has opened doors into a whole world of fun, friendship and laughter.  Buying a bass last week has been another catalyst for musical growth and collaboration. 
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on April 10, 2019, 10:44:59 pm
Today, April 11 my Cedar Clear Sky Ocean Deep is one year old.

To celebrate I made a little recording. It's a Jack White cover We Are Gonna Be Friends. I like the innocent charm and directness of this song and that's the sound I wanted. 

I'm also celebrating being able to play Cedar again. I hadn't played her for more than a few painful, awkward minutes since mid January, because I tore a tendon in my right shoulder. :(  It's only been in the past week I could hold her properly and be able play a simple song right through. Oh the sweet joy. My fingertips and my head have gone soft, I can't play barre chords or strum with any vigour as yet, but at least I can play simple fingerstyle songs again. Bliss. I played this with a capo which reduces the richness of Cedar's tone. Sorry Cedar. Till I get my hand strength back that's how it is. Easy song for a beginner - G, C, D, then the bridge has a sneaky little A along with C and G.

The recording is one track - vocal and guitar recorded simultaneously. 

LBro, once again you've come to my assistance. What a kind, generous, knowledgeable man you are.  A heartfelt thankyou for the time you've spent with me and for what you've taught me. You are a treasure.  :)

https://soundcloud.com/user-32910351/we-are-gonna-be-friends/s-3HuQi

If you want to see the crafting of Cedar, the first pages of my RC detail that. It was an amazing experience. I'll never forget April 11 last year when I went to the luthier Pete for the handover. Tears come to my eyes as I remember. She is the most glorious instrument and she gets better by the day.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: DarrellW on April 11, 2019, 11:28:52 am
How good it is to hear you back in action again and what a lovely performance!
Not heard this one before but what a lovely little ditty, really enjoyed listening to it, an absolute pleasure!
Good vibes from me for performance and getting back in the saddle 👍👍👍
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: close2u on April 11, 2019, 11:56:31 am
Mrs B. Hooray.
I may be sending you a little something mp3 shaped v soon.
 ;)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: oldhead49 on April 11, 2019, 02:15:43 pm
What a treat!!! That started my day with a real upper. Thanks for posting this one, Maggie. 


Sent from my iPhone using JustinGuitar.com Forum
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: brianlarsen on April 11, 2019, 02:40:50 pm
Excellent!
The sun is shining and this song sets it off perfectly  8)
Welcome back, Maggie.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: DavidP on April 11, 2019, 03:25:49 pm
Wow, time flies ... a year since we followed the build and receipt of Cedar.

Am also celebrating that you can play again, well on the way to full recovery from the damaged shoulder.  Sure you'll get back to where you were quickly.

Will comment on the song over in AVOYP.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on April 12, 2019, 02:35:49 am
How good it is to hear you back in action again and what a lovely performance!
Not heard this one before but what a lovely little ditty, really enjoyed listening to it, an absolute pleasure!
Good vibes from me for performance and getting back in the saddle 👍👍👍

Thankyou dear Darrell, it's a lovely little ditty for sure. I hope it gave you a lift. Thankyou for your comments.

Wow, time flies ... a year since we followed the build and receipt of Cedar.

Am also celebrating that you can play again, well on the way to full recovery from the damaged shoulder.  Sure you'll get back to where you were quickly.

Will comment on the song over in AVOYP.
Thanks David, nice of you to drop by and celebrate with me.

Excellent!
The sun is shining and this song sets it off perfectly  8)
Welcome back, Maggie.

Thanks for the welcome Brian, your comment made the sun shine just a little bit brighter.

What a treat!!! That started my day with a real upper. Thanks for posting this one, Maggie. 

Thankyou Dave glad it gave you a lift. Now I'm playing again my cat insists I play it for her every morning. The lyrics have to be changed of course.

Mrs B. Hooray.
I may be sending you a little something mp3 shaped v soon.
 ;)

Thanks Richard for the 'hooray' I feel the same way. Looking forward to the 'little something'.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: CT on April 14, 2019, 03:56:37 pm
Please add me to the Batwoman fanclub! Such great news that things are looking up for you and we may be hearing more of your music!
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on April 15, 2019, 02:10:29 am
Please add me to the Batwoman fanclub! Such great news that things are looking up for you and we may be hearing more of your music!

Awww coming from a stellar like you this makes me duck my head and smile. I changed the Friends track to public for you Clint.

Looking forward to seeing a video of your performance Clint. I think after that you may well have a few fans of your own.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: tobyjenner on April 15, 2019, 11:15:17 pm
In essence the only time is now, right here right now but the illusion of time is just a human quirk. Thus past present and future are all here now. The concept of Cedar, the subsequent build, from materials who lived and breathed, to its subsequent completion and delivery into your sweet hands and the presentation of such a touching song, all but just one moment. Through ups and downs you persevere and still share your soul with us mere mortals. Thank Mrs B.  8)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on April 16, 2019, 03:53:21 am
In essence the only time is now, right here right now but the illusion of time is just a human quirk. Thus past present and future are all here now. The concept of Cedar, the subsequent build, from materials who lived and breathed, to its subsequent completion and delivery into your sweet hands and the presentation of such a touching song, all but just one moment. Through ups and downs you persevere and still share your soul with us mere mortals. Thank Mrs B.  8)

You are mere mortal Toby? I rather think not. Thankyou.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: LBro on April 21, 2019, 12:07:12 am
Well Miss B,
You have over 16,000 reads... So I think I will keep this short. Great story on Cedar. Though you called the guitar a 'her' in there and if I have it right Cedar is male...?

At any rate rock on friend and have a good go at it!
LB
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on April 21, 2019, 02:34:41 am
Well Miss B,
You have over 16,000 reads... So I think I will keep this short. Great story on Cedar. Though you called the guitar a 'her' in there and if I have it right Cedar is male...?

At any rate rock on friend and have a good go at it!
LB

LBro nice of you to drop by. My Cedar Clear Sky Ocean Deep is most definitely a gal. She's way too curvy and pretty to be a bloke.  ;D

Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: LBro on April 21, 2019, 03:35:26 am
LBro nice of you to drop by. My Cedar Clear Sky Ocean Deep is most definitely a gal. She's way too curvy and pretty to be a bloke.  ;D
Humph.... got that one wrong... off to the back of the class I go!
 :)
LB
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: pkboo3 on April 28, 2019, 12:40:46 am
Batwoman, I enjoyed reading through your Road Case. Awesome process of acquiring a beautiful and rich sounding guitar. And now so glad you are recovering from your shoulder injury. Proud for you of all you have accomplished playing and singing, your collaborations, & all your continuing growth.


Sent from my iPhone using JustinGuitar.com Forum
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on April 28, 2019, 06:19:16 am
Batwoman, I enjoyed reading through your Road Case. Awesome process of acquiring a beautiful and rich sounding guitar. And now so glad you are recovering from your shoulder injury. Proud for you of all you have accomplished playing and singing, your collaborations, & all your continuing growth.

That's really kind of you to say Pam. I think you're pretty awesome in the way you've progressed too!
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: LBro on April 28, 2019, 06:41:07 am
That's really kind of you to say Pam. I think you're pretty awesome in the way you've progressed too!
Yes all that was said from Pam is true. In many cases it is true of her as well. Thus a duet featuring you 2 is in order!  :)

All my best to both of you!
LB
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: Sweed77 on May 09, 2019, 03:12:57 pm
Good to hear you are back playing BW, and what a lovely performance  :)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on May 09, 2019, 10:33:32 pm
Good to hear you are back playing BW, and what a lovely performance  :)

That's so kind of you to say Sweed, thankyou. Cedar is a joy to play.
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: Alex6strings on July 08, 2019, 06:49:42 pm
jimidicrickets batwoman.   I mean holly talito.  What a journey that was....  thanks so much for sharing this.  I know i'm late, but as a wise man once said a few pages back, there is only the now, so i guess i'm right on  time. 

Beautiful, stunning, awesome, amazing.  You are the perfect recipient for a guitar that beautiful.   It matters not playing level, or whether or not you perform to anyone other than yourself at home, the music you make with that guitar will be the sweetest sounding.   Never forget this little piece of your life that you enjoyed so much.  Right now, I'm enjoying it with you while i prepare the bonfire in which i will set fire to my guitars because that's what they are now,  firewood.  Thanks a lot.   ;)
Title: Re: Batwoman's Road Case
Post by: batwoman on July 09, 2019, 03:56:55 am
jimidicrickets batwoman.   I mean holly talito.  What a journey that was....  thanks so much for sharing this.  I know i'm late, but as a wise man once said a few pages back, there is only the now, so i guess i'm right on  time. 

Beautiful, stunning, awesome, amazing.  You are the perfect recipient for a guitar that beautiful.   It matters not playing level, or whether or not you perform to anyone other than yourself at home, the music you make with that guitar will be the sweetest sounding.   Never forget this little piece of your life that you enjoyed so much.  Right now, I'm enjoying it with you while i prepare the bonfire in which i will set fire to my guitars because that's what they are now,  firewood.  Thanks a lot.   ;)

Thanks Alex. Every single day Cedar sings a bit more sweetly.  I took her back to Pete a few weeks ago as he wanted to see how she was maturing. His face lit up when he played her and his smile went from ear to ear. He gave her soundboard a new coat of beeswax and something else, I can't remember. He likes to use organic materials on the soundboard so it can develop how it wants to. I have to be very careful though not to make divets with my fingernails :o