After 28 years of my absence from the academic persuit of the harmony and counterpoint, I decided to resume the study under my former teacher.
When I stopped my study, I was 24 and he was 41. Now we are 52 and 69. (Calculation right?) 28 years of gap was very big and I almost forgot all the detail of musical theory. But, I feel as if I experienced a time slip to 28 years ago when I restarted the study. Fortunately, my teacher is still very well (with some troubles with his eyes though), and I am reasonably ok with some health issues.
Since this spring, I have covered the basics of harmony and now reached the level of trying "Challan donnes". As for counterpoint, I am now struggling with 3 voice counterpoint and which is quite a difficult puzzle.
So, that is the reason why I have not fired up my SONAR or Finale for these several months. I am now in almost purely in the world of pencil and paper.
The study seems to take at least 4-5 years more. 5 years later, GPO and other Garritan products should have developed to the stage I cannot imagine right now. I look forward to utilize them.