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Hello from Atlanta
« on: April 25, 2017, 09:29:58 AM »
I'm a retired mechanical engineer and an adult beginner.  I started playing violin about 2001, taught by my wife and then several teachers. A cervical injury caused partial paralysis of my bow arm which put an end to the fiddle for several years.  I then, for some unknown reason, became interested in oboe and English horn and was fortunate to find an excellent teacher only three miles from my home in Seattle. I was 71 years old when I began the oboe/English horn concurrently.

I became interested in music theory, but am self taught with various how to-do-it books and questions to my teachers. I've most recently played in a community symphony (Atlanta Musician's Orchestra), and my stand partner has been a lot of help. As you might imagine, I'm strictly an amateur.

I'm composing on Musescore 2.0 on an old PC which I used for engineering design work.  I've written several small pieces and have a recent couple of them to be "finished".  They are a linked pair of duets, one for two oboes and one for oboe and English horn.

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Re: Hello from Atlanta
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2017, 10:37:42 AM »
Welcome to the forum John.
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Re: Hello from Atlanta
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2017, 10:37:59 AM »
Welcome aboard. I look forward to hearing your work. You will find this to be a fine place to post your music and get helpful comments.
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Re: Hello from Atlanta
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2017, 01:52:15 PM »
Welcome John, great you found this awesome place!:)
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Re: Hello from Atlanta
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2017, 03:06:44 PM »
Hi John. Welcome to the group. It's interesting how many former STEM people we have here (myself included). Looking forward to hearing some of your work.

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