the ability to make music during these dark times....

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  1. doctorunderhill

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    will save many souls from going over the edge. I am spending much more time with all my instruments- acoustic and electric- and even though I suffer from severe depression it has been one of the few bright spots.
    in fact I am recording virtually all my playing, even my just noodling around- sort of a sonic diary- and when (and if) I make it all the way through this i'll set the recordings back as a "plague time capsule" that in a year's time I will break back out and see just what I was thinking/feeling/and playing during these strange, strange days.


    stay safe-stay strong. and keep on playing
     
  2. String Tree

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    I applaud your effort.
    As for me, I have been deemed an essential so, off to work I go during the day.

    Sadly, folks all over are going bonkers being kept away from those we draw our strength from.

    My Music, without an Audience from which to stoke my EGO, has become a sticking point.
    I need to practice, my skills, especially my Picking Hand, are getting rather Lame.

    I just have to remind myself that things will get better.
    I have to keep my Mind Right.
    Easier said, than done.
     
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    I'm "essential" as well, but I've been playing a lot more than normal over the past month. It's not uncommon for me to plop down on the couch after work and just noodle aimlessly for three or four hours. Then I go to bed with a clear mind.
     
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    Alas, I am utterly non-essential, but I still make music all the time.
    It’s been my refuge since I was a child.
    I’m so grateful to my parents for nurturing it in me.
    I’m also grateful for the people I make music with, and for.
    It’s my best thing.
     
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    As the great philosopher Jim Bronson once said: "Hang in there."

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    Things have been so slow around the home twenty I even took up with my nemesis the AV 72 TC a time or two. Since it hadn't had a setup recently, I gave it another one, it didn't need it, but that's just what I do. Then fiddled around with the DRRI, polished and cleaned the 72 to boot. I actually got around to playing it and found that a very long layoff made little to no difference in my playing skills, they still sucked only I had something to blame it on.

    It has slowly been sinking into my head, that I may never play golf again. Those courses that remain, will take a long time to recover, there may be little interest by the time it has all run its course, and I may have lost my skills at golf to the point, it would be entirely useless to pursue. The last game I played with my old buddies, I knew might be our last, and I tried to hold it in my memory. My wife was injured before things shut down, now I don't know if we, the two of us will ever have a chance to play now that she is well.

    My old golfing buddy called a few days ago, and asked if I would play with group the day before Easter. I thought it over, and decided against it. I hope there is a better day on the horizon.
     
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    Doing exactly the same here doc! Recording my stuff for posterity's sake. I've probably recorded 20 John Prine songs in the past couple of weeks, and many more.
     
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    Recording a lot and doing some virtual open mic events with Zoom app.
     
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    I am stuck away from my wife and kids due to border closures and having to still work as normal, albeit remotely.

    I'm playing a lot more than normal however... Really considering buying a usb interface and mic to record my playing for the future.

    It's something I've always meant to do, so maybe now is the time...
     
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    FWIW, I am having reasonably good success hooking up with bandmates over the past two days via JamKazam. No noticeable latency among four in a session, although we are all local.
    It was a rough start a week ago but since then, the JK software folks have been upping the game -- two updates in as many days, and now an active forum and (finally) help files!
    You really do need a decent ethernet connection with at least a Cat 5e cable for it -- forget WiFi...
     
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    I am on lockdown at my sister's house. She, her husband, and I rarely leave the house. This means I cannot play guitar at the volumes to which I have become accustomed. I am very sad.
     
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    Doctorunderhill... I have no idea of your musical/production capabilities.... But this could be an opportunity, even if just for personal listening, for making a modern War of the Worlds classic.... Keep safe, keep distance, keep strong....
     
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    I’m essential, at least in the eyes of my employer. I have no hands on work on our scientific instruments for the time being, but I’m in engineering management working from home on improving process and improving the way we keep system integration, customer support, and service records. I’m also trying to streamline report writing for field service engineers. Not much has changed guitar wise except that I can plug in at lunch time. Evenings, I’ve been relearning songs I played in coffee houses when I was in college. My employer hasn’t laid off or furloughed anyone, even hourly employees who have nothing they can contribute from home. I hope everyone here is as fortunate.
     
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    JL_Li....
    Good to hear that your Co. is taking care of its folk..

    We hear over here NY and Cal are being hit particularly hard whilst some parts of the US are "currently" barely aware! :oops:
     
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    there is a world of hurt going down everywhere. but NY and Cal's share in the suffering is Biblical- I am personally an atheist, but raised old school Presbyterian- and i'm talking old testament suffering. we know not what the future holds- what we thought was normal is gone. and in it's place is uncertainty on a scale even our parents did not experience.
    i'll just end saying to NY and Cal that you were, and are in the thoughts of all compassionate people. as are all who are suffering.
     
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    we are all essential

    when quarantined, what do we turn to?

    books, music, conversation

    the arts
     
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    5 songs done since lockdown , 6th in Reaper - drums done
     
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    I retired last December so the quarantine has not changed my playing time. However, my wife's travel business is closed down, so I'm teaching her some guitar. She sang in my band for ten years but didn't play an instrument, so we're taking advantage of this time and it's pretty cool. She's learning pretty quickly, we'll be posting some facebook vids soon.
     
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    good job on recording yourself... make sure to listen back... I think re hearing things a few times is a great way to really know who you sound like and what you sound like....
     
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