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. _________________ "The means are the end in the making" -Mohandas K Gandhi
Posted: 2011-04-11, 19:34 Post subject: Hello from Austin, Texas USA
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! _________________ Best to all, and keep playing.