Hi, I am new to this forum, and it seemed good to post an introduction first.
First, I freely admit to being an amateur composer. My main interests are church related, especially short preludes, offertories, postludes, and the like, for small ensembles, along with hymn writing, and the very occasional worship chorus. I also enjoy experimenting with larger forms.
My main performing instruments include double-bass (classical – I enjoy jazz, but do not think in those terms), and mountain dulcimer (no, this is not an instrument made out of soil and rocks with 5,000 foot strings stretching from the summit down to the base ). I play just enough cello and piano to be very dangerous on both. Of particular excitement (and cause for some trepidation), I am currently preparing to give my first full solo double-bass recital in over 25 years.
I had purchased GOS from Gary over 2½ years ago, but had failed to do sufficient homework (my bad) regarding computer systems, my old systems blew apart, and I ended up returning to my old set-up consisting strictly of a PIII running Finale 2002.
I am hoping to finally be able to purchase a new computer (from a company that specializes in DAWs) within a couple of months along with GPO. I vividly remember my two or three conversations with Gary, and can only echo the community’s appreciation of him. One of the challenges I face is that I am legally blind, and Gary was most helpful (side note: I have learned through sight loss just how much there is to be thankful and grateful for, and humor about my situation is appreciated.).
After following the boards as a guest for awhile, it is high time to finally join. The open, friendly, humorous, and helpful attitude of the forum members has been a real encouragement (and undoubtedly a reflection of Gary, himself).