There has been nothing short of a flattering wave of nostalgia for the old days of the website and my early career lately. I admit even I had forgotten in recent years what my work back then meant to a lot of you and frankly to me as well. I’m very proud of what I/we created and in some cases pulled off back then. Using ideas as our map we pushed forward without even so much as a compass to guide us. In its moment in time we actually created some magic and we changed a lot of lives including our own in the process. But now from photos on Instagram, to group posts on Facebook, and DMs and tweets I’ve received quite a wake-up call as to how much what I did back then in 2002-2012 meant to many of you. This has happened often this year but never more so than now for some reason.

I tweeted recently that all this nostalgia has made me take a look back. I don’t do this often. I’m not a person who dwells on the past, I always try to move forward and apply the lessons learned as I go. But I’ll say it again, it’s pure surrealism for me as my 40 something self to watch and listen to the “perceived” wisdom of my 20-something self. Perceived wisdom that’s still playing out on video in front of thousands each and every day I might add. For most people their youth goes away by their 40’s. It’s a memory we can pretend never existed in some cases. Mine however will live on long after I’m gone. I must admit looking at it all now with my current level of accumulated wisdom and life experience I wasn’t half bad. The thing is we change a lot between our 20’s and 40’s. If you’re the same person at 40 that you were at 25 then something has gone horribly wrong in your life. LOL.. This is why as with my own situation people who get married in their 20’s usually end up divorced in their 40’s. We just change A LOT in that time!!! We become a different person, the way we look at the world, the way we feel about things all change with the added wisdom and life experience. But my 20’s are stuck on video and I can’t divorce them. LOL To be fair though looking at those old DVDs now nearly 2 decades later, I can say yeah I lacked a little depth and experience then, but overall I was alright, although there are a few things that come out of my mouth I’d love to have a time machine for to go back and smack myself in the back of the head, overall I simply spoke the truth and taught you valuable things about how to not only play the guitar, but how to create with it, and I hope how to innovate as that was my main focus. I wanted to offer you a unique perspective, not just the usual way of viewing the fretboard. It seems I at the very least accomplished that, for which I’m very proud.

As I watched some of these very old videos I realized I learned many lessons of my own from the experience. But no lesson is more important than the lesson of self-sabotage I learned. I have to laugh a little because I’m well aware that I’m my own worst threat to success. There is no outside threat to my career or happiness greater than my own damn self. lol For example back in those days 20-something Jeff used to tell himself and all of you sometimes that the lessons were for him and I didn’t much care one way or the other if they went over well or not. I would say things like, “I do the lessons for me and if other people get something out of it that’s great, if not that’s okay too”. I don’t know maybe I viewed it in my own mind as some sort of altruistic attempt to prove something to myself. Whatever the case was I have to laugh because I obviously know that guy well, if for no other reason than he was me! I as 40-something Jeff today know damn well that sentiment wasn’t true. Truth is I did the lessons and the website for all of you, and I cared very much, and lie or no lie that caring came across on the videos anyway. We can’t hide the truth, it’s always written on our face or in our movements and actions. We all pick up on these clues without realizing it. That said if I was indifferent as I told everyone and myself that I was people wouldn’t have come back, and they certainly wouldn’t give a crap that I exist in the present day. I suppose in my lack of wisdom at the time I was so afraid of rejection and deathly afraid of the camera that I protected myself from harm by putting up a shield of neutrality, pretending and proclaiming that I didn’t care if anyone got anything out of the lessons or not. In my defense for the first 4 years of the site I was about the only show in town and nearly 100K people a month were watching me. This was pre-YouTube and that was a frightening thought to me. I/we were blazing new ground, and that put a lot of pressure on me to perform. There was always pressure. The site didn’t make any money the first 2 years of operation and my wife at the time was always on me about that. But I had faith, I knew we were onto something big, and we were as we would eventually prove. But as many of you have appreciated and mentioned I kept it small, I never sold the site to anyone as many fans feared I would. We were a quiet-giant so to speak.

But the reality is there was always pressure, especially during the successful years. A good lesson had to be followed by another, and I had to keep innovating because by 2006 YouTube came around. So I started the now infamous and greatly missed by most of you “Jeff’s MailBag”. Which I truly enjoyed doing, it was a great way for us all to connect and for me to answer your direct questions to the masses. But through it all and regardless of what I told myself in my self-deceptive effort of self-protection, I did care what all of you thought about the lesson content. I cared very much, and I’m deeply touched and humbled by the fact that so many of you cared then, and still care today 8 years after the site’s final lesson went up. Having said all of this, I want to say from the bottom of my heart that if I was any help at all in making any of you a better guitarist and/or maybe a little happier at the end of the day then my life has indeed been a worthwhile endeavor. I’ve been told by many and am well aware that my work back then will outlive me by many lifetimes. I’m very proud of that, and secretly very pleased that you all bootleg, copy, and trade my older now out of circulation materials, especially the super old Van Halen lesson materials stuff from the beginning of it all.

My grandmother used to say “a life spent in selfishness is a life squandered on a useless person”. I miss her,……….. she was a wise old soul that one. She loved to paraphrase other quotes, but I always found that refreshing. Her words are the truth. I live by them, and many more things she taught me.

This song however is for all of you, my nostalgic old fans who knew me when I was a young yet moderately wise for his age scared rabbit on your video screens. This song is as old-school JFRocks/me as can be. I broke out the old recording equipment that we used back in those days. I blew a cloud of dust off it from the hall closet where it’s all been sitting since 2012. I’m playing through the old Crate GFX 212 amplifier as heard on over 40 DVDs, CD-ROMs and 500+ website videos. And of course the White Kramer from all the DVDs and lesson videos as well is the primary guitar used, because I wouldn’t have it any other way. This song is as true as it gets to Jeff Fiorentino and circa. 2005-2008 (the mid-era as we call it). My point being it’s classic JFRocks Van Halen 101 all the way…

Enjoy this song; savor it, and CRANK IT UP!!! And for those of you in JFRocks nostalgia mode let it take you back to my early career as your favorite online guitar guru and resident Van Halen/Brown sound expert. A time when we were all younger,…. and yet somehow….. I was “Older then”. ---- Cheers

“Ah but I was so much older then, I’m younger then than now”. – (The Byrds "My back pages" – 1967)

"Older then"
Composed, arranged, & performed by Jeff Fiorentino (ASCAP)

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Jeff Fiorentino - Bass
Jeff Fiorentino - Drums

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Track info:

Key: F# minor
Tempo: 86 b.p.m.
Guitar Tuning: 1/2 step flat; (Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Bb, Eb)

Guitar Effects Used: MXR Flanger, MXR stereo Chorus, BBE Sonic Maximizer, Ibanez Tube Screamer (TS808)

Guitar Used: Gibson Les Paul, and The original JFRocks White Kramer (From all the VH style lesson DVDs)

Guitar Amplifier Used: The original Crate GFX 212 from the JFRocks website days

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    • Key: F#m
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