The TAC Spotlight is a weekly focus on members of Tony’s Acoustic Challenge who have posted at least one performance on the forums and are especially active in the community by showing exemplary support or inspiration for other TAC members. All TAC Spotlight featured members are nominated by other TAC members.
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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.