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About JeffD
Been playing mandolin longer than I have been gainfully employed. Been fishing longer than that.
Upstate New York
old timey (N&S), celtic, classical/quartet, medieval/ren, contra, bluegrass, fiddle tunes
unrelated to music, or fishing for that matter


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It is, perhaps, all there is

by JeffD on Nov-18-2020 at 3:54pm
I have had my share of tragedy and sadness in life. Not significantly more than most and much less then many. My point is not to get sympathy, but to share a few things I have figured out.

Limited resources due to unforseen life events taught me at a relatively early age that experiences are better things to pursue than possessions. Experiences cannot be stolen by thieves or lost through carelessness, or divorce, or destroyed in a hurricane, or repossessed by the bank.

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Updated Nov-18-2020 at 5:15pm by JeffD


Light in the Dark

by JeffD on Jul-09-2019 at 10:35pm
We all go through grey and dark times: Being alone when I did not want to be, being with people I’d rather not be. Not having what I want and having a lot I don’t, not being who I want to be by this time, or worse, having to ask myself, as did Peggy Lee: "Is that all there is?"

Being caught in a lie, or worse, being caught in a truth.

And darker times.

Losing friends over ridiculous arguments far less important (or informed) than was the friendship.

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Updated Dec-03-2019 at 11:01am by JeffD


Bragging Rights

by JeffD on Feb-01-2018 at 4:37pm
There is a syndrome, in my experience much more common among some guitar players, where bragging rights accrue to getting the absolute cheapest most beat up instrument possible. I think it has to do with resolving the cognitive dissonance of playing blues, down and dirty blues, on a guitar costing a couple months pay, or more, at a good job. Authenticity, or something like. But whatever the reason, a fellow carrying a guitar that looks like it was found in the men's room of the New York City Port

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Updated Mar-05-2018 at 9:34pm by JeffD


The Mandolin Life

by JeffD on Jan-29-2018 at 12:29pm
In various threads about getting better you will hear complaints about how little time is available for mandolin. Working two jobs, keeping three kids fed, negotiating four ex-wives, only five days of vacation… I hear you.

This is not a “priorities” lecture, I am not going to tell you that you have the same 24 hours in a day that everyone does, this is not going to be a time management tips and tricks discussion.

My experience is much more gradual and organic. Mandolin

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Updated Jan-29-2018 at 12:54pm by JeffD


Getting More Betterer

by JeffD on Jul-06-2017 at 10:00am
Getting More Betterer

I have been reading “The Inner Game of Music”, which I highly recommend. It’s not a religion or philosophy, though it can be. One or two ideas from that book can really make a difference.

Anyway, through some of the thinking in that book, and lots of coffee chat afterword, and being tired of struggling with technique for its own sake, I have a useful perspective I can finally put into words. It applies to most of us, but perhaps not all.

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Updated Jul-07-2017 at 9:42pm by JeffD