TAC Spotlight: Jeff S


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Say hi to Jeff S!


In process of moving from Modesto CA to Carmel CA. Carmel has always been my home base and I am now once again going home.

# of Years Played

Really with intent, 4.5 although originally learned in middle school but stopped when I sold my Gibson mk 45 for rent in college.

Favorite three bands

In order: Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead, any of the combos of CSN, CSNY, Crosby-Nash.

How many guitars to you currently own?

8 and that for sure is not enough. No GAS here. No really, there are two more sounds I am looking for (for now) and they do not come out of one guitar.

Why is it important for you to improve at guitar?

I grew up listening to folk music, Bob Dylan, Peter Paul and Mary, Kingston Trio, Johnny Cash, The Mamas And The Papas, Simon and Garfunkel and always the sound of the guitar moved me emotionally and spiritually even as a kid (I was very sensitive). I wanted to have “THAT”. I wanted to possess that sound, not just borrow it from the record player and reel to reel (for the younger folks type that into wiki).

It seemed an infinite mysterious thing that I wanted to understand. I wanted to be able to contribute back to it what it had given me in the listening. I lost thirty years of playing because I was resentful (when I sold my Gibson) and as a result the only thing I accomplished was denying myself one of the simplest beautiful joys and pleasures in life: playing guitar, making music.

It was not a waste though as it has set me on fire to learn and play, participate and maybe even perform, copy and create, master and demonstrate. For me this is life and now I can live every day happily, joyfully surrounded by music.

My hope is to one day master and understand so that I may be a pathway of knowledge for another interested soul who wants to set their soul free through guitar.

Lastly I hear that the great guitar players hang out with leprechauns.

Why are you an active TAC member?

When I first got onto TAC I had no intention of posting or participating. In fact I am anti web community due to my experience on Facebook so I had no interest in participating in a “web based community.” That changed when I started looking at video of folks that were participating and in seriously short time I was witnessing marked improvement. I wanted to get some of that improvement.

I started reading the forums and met tremendously encouraging people and I realized if I wanted to get better I was going to have to do what they were doing. I remember making my first video and was shocked at how bad I was. The sound I heard when I played was way better than the sound I heard on the video. So I shook hands with reality took a deep breath and posted and it did make me sick for a while but it also set me free. I had finally drawn the line in the sand. I had a place from where I could always look back and say “yep that was me, but haaaaayyyyyy, look at me know.

I know if I can do this, any one who wants to can too. So if you are on the fence about posting go back and look at my first video and compare it to my most recent. It tells a compelling story. The more I participate the more I connect. The more I connect the greater my motivation to play better. The greater the motivation the better I play.

By connecting I am learning smart and fast not laborious and slow. Connectivity fuels my creativity. In my creative mind the infinite is possible I just have to be present. That pretty much sums up why I am an active TAC member.

What else would be cool for people to know about you?

I am soooooo looking forward to a real live Bozeman get together for our TAC community. I have no idea how it will be but the chance to thank the individual members of TAC community in person for the encouragement and growth they have facilitated for me and to briefly share common goals for time and space, making music together gives me joy at the prospect.

I believe gratitude can save the world. I wish Victor Wooten could be President. And lastly the woman I am married to is a saint. I know love and how to love because of her. 


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    Michael D

    So happy you decided to post. Good luck on your move to Carmel. I stayed there for about a week a while back for a wedding. ‘Tis a lovely place, and walking on the beach always drops one’s blood pressure by about 15 points. ‘Tis like holding a sleeping baby. You are a welcome addition to the community and your always positive attitude is an asset. This is much deserved. Besides, if you stayed away, no one would get my Mr. Miyagi quotes 😉

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    Benjamin S

    Jeff, I loved it all, but I have sat your words about your wife moved me deeply. She is a lucky woman.

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    Andrew D

    Jeff, you were the very first person to greet me when I first joined the TAC community and so I thank you for breaking the ice for me. You made me feel welcomed and accepted from the start and it helped me jump out of the gate early. I have tried my best to return the favor by trying to be as gracious as you are with the other TAC members. And secretly I have been trying to catch you in TAC member points, using it as a goal to pursue, but unfortunately I am failing miserably.

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    Tony M

    Jeff my friend you are a huge asset to the TAC community. Hope to one day jam with you. Thanks for sharing your great story.

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    Bradley A

    Jeff I always enjoy watching your videos, and reading your comments. You have a great sense of humor, and really distinctive voice in the way you write and the way you play…I hear the creativity, and have seen the development in skills, and I really appreciate it. Keep on keeping on.

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    Dom T

    Jeff. So happy for you buddy. Well deserved. I know what your music means to you especially at this point in your life. Like me, in order, wife, family, music, thankfulness for all of them and just enjoying life. Can’t wait to meet you in person.
    Enjoy every second of this honor. 😉

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    David W

    Congratulations, Jeff. Your comments are always thoughtful and helpful. Thanks for your inspiration.

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    Tony P


    Thank you for being a member, and also for sharing your story. I am so glad you got back into the guitar and it is bringing you joy in your everyday!!! Your spotlight is a wonderful and inspirational tale of your progress and overall positive outlook on life. Thank you for sharing your positivity here and making TAC a warm and welcome place!!! Keep up the wonderful work, and congratulations on your well deserved spotlight!!!


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    Jeff – I love this! So nice to read your thoughts here and to see you recognized for your contributions to TAC 🙂 Thanks for being such a great and supportive part of this community!!!

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    Vic G

    Congrats Jeff. A well deserved spotlight. Thank you for your contributions in the forum and especially on my posts. You inspire me to keep playing.

  11. Bruce Bailey

    Jeff, congrats and thanks for all your helpful contributions to the forums!


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      jumpin' jeff s

      Hi Bruce thanks. I may make it up your way in the next few months; destination Portland. At the very least we should get together and play and maybe a Jazz club? My wife and I do like Jazz. Sometimes my son plays.

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    Lynne R

    Congrads Jeff!! Who is Victor Wooten??? Hope you find your dream guitar.

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      Victor Wooten is the author of “The Music Lesson” which is a really cool book, in a sort of Carlos Castenada way. Well, not exactly, but there’s a sort of mystical element to it. And he’s a smoking bass player.

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      jumpin' jeff s

      Hi Darlene, I love the little pictures in your texts. Where do you get those things? Thanks for being part of TAC too. Looking forward to your posts… soon? when the time is right. Are you ready for El Niño?

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        DeeDee L

        Hi Jeff,
        Thx for liking the emojis. They are available on my phone keyboard. To get them I depress the smiley face on the keyboard and they pop up. As far as me posting a vid uhhhhh not any time soon

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    Jeff K

    Good stuff, Jeff. I’m glad you made your way back to the instrument. I took a long, long break myself, and I still kick myself for it. What’s important is that we’re here now!

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    Your answers above are just great! I’ve enjoyed your contributions to the community from the very first time you posted, and I’ve seen your musical self grow; I think it reflects the person you are. Congrats on being chosen for the spotlight. You inspire me, you make me smile, you make me think. And I’d totally vote for Victor Wooten for president! Whether in Bozeman or elsewhere, I look forward to meeting you and playing music together.

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      jumpin' jeff s

      It will be a fine day indeed when I can play with you Mark. Thanks for your inspiration and encouragement. You made TAC better for me.
      I have half a mind to write Victor in.

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    Charles B

    Jeff,you are encouraging and helpful. You have gave support and thoughtful advice. And your post and replies are well written. I find the way you write interesting. You are one of the members that make TAC great. Glad you decided to join in and become a active member.

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      jumpin' jeff s

      Thanks Charles. It is really cool to be a part of this information exchange. Finding folks with common goals and helping each other get there is magic. I am grateful for your participation. It has made me a better player.

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