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jamesnyman
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PostPosted: 2011-04-08, 19:22    Post subject: Hello from Austin, Texas USA Reply with quote

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My name is James Nyman. I am a retired special education teacher and live in Austin, Texas. Besides shakuhachi, other passions in my life are chess, cycling and golf.

I loved the sound of the shakuhachi for years...mainly from listening to Riley Lee tapes and CDs. Having never played a musical instrument, I decided to take up the shakuhachi when I retired. It was much more difficult than I imagined. It took me quite some time to make any sound. Now I have memorized two pieces...Kyorei and Choshi...and play them along with robuki and improv. I often try to play along with CDs. I sometimes play in my wife's office building while I wait for her...this is mostly met with smiles and inquires. I play every day. It helps me center myself and brings me peace.
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PostPosted: 2011-04-11, 11:58    Post subject: Hello from Austin, Texas USA Reply with quote

HI James
Nice to hear about he beginning of your shakuhachi journey. Letøs hear much more along the way.
I hope you will enjoy it!
Feel free to ask about anything you want here... Wink
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PostPosted: 2011-04-11, 19:34    Post subject: Hello from Austin, Texas USA Reply with quote

Hello, James, and welcome.
I'm in the USA, though way up here in MA. I sometimes travel to see relatives in San Antonio, though, and will try to be in touch when I do!
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