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    Opa John suggested that I do this, so you can blame him.

    I recently discovered this forum and thought I'd try it after pretty much falling asleep at Flatpicker Hangout. I'm happily married and living in the hills of Arizona. We have 2 kids and 2 grandkids, and I work from home as a research consultant. I started playing acoustic guitar at age 17, after sneaking into my brother's record collection and listening to Doc Watson and have been pretty well stuck on bluegrass since. I convinced my brother to buy a guitar at the same time which worked out well as far as having a picking partner of equal ability. Occasionally I'll get sidetracked into some fingerstyle playing as I have a fairly diverse love of music by Michael Hedges, Leo Kottke, Will Ackerman, Don Ross and many more. I'm currently playing a Martin HD-28 that I bought 2 years ago after a long series of budget guitars. And since I try not to be one-dimensional, I also enjoy hiking, photography, genealogy, sewing, and doing difficult crossword puzzles.

    I'll try not to be obnoxious and obtrusive, all while maintaining a sense of humor. And now that you're totally bored, you may return to your normal browsing routine.
    Bang your head against the wall all you want, it all goes back to old-time music

  • #2
    Hi Karen!!

    Welcome to HCAG!!

    Sorry in advance for my "Engrish". My first language is French.



    • #3
      Welcome. Nice to see a new member


      • #4
        Yes, welcome. Very glad to have you with us on the magic bus!

        Do you ever record? If so please consider submitting something for the next VOM (Virtual Open Mike). Second Sunday every month. Next one Dec 9!
        She's the lady of the light
        Yellow incandescent night
        Tiger eyes burning bright
        In the understory
        I can't see the forest
        For the branches and the leaves
        But I believe
        I do believe
        by me:

        "Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn."
        Charlie Parker


        • #5
          Hi, Karen, and welcome. I thought, by your avatar, that you were a young Cher. Hope you enjoy your stay here.
          Jack1969 Martin D12-20 12-string1984 Martin HD-28


          • #6

            Quote Originally Posted by kiowa1
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            Hi, Karen, and welcome. I thought, by your avatar, that you were a young Cher. Hope you enjoy your stay here.

            I did too, Jack! Since when are we allowed to use our high school graduation picture as our avatar?

            I mean, I got away with it, but they didn't know I didn't graduate HS until I was 65 years old!
            Three Dreads......2 Martins and 1 YamahaA fiddle, a mando, a uke, eight harmonicas, a Zoom H2, a Panasonic recorder, coupla penny whistles, an Italian made Titano accordion, three handguns, at least a dozen chess sets, more power tools than Bob Vila, and one old Westclox "Big Ben" wind-up alarm clock that still works! Oh, BTW, I forgot to mention my ocarina and maracas.


            • #7
              Welcome to the forum, Karen.

              This is a little introductory vidya we put together a while back as a formal welcome:

              I guess I kinda lost control, because in the middle of the play I ran up and lit the evil puppet villain on fire. No, I didn't. Just kidding. I just said that to help illustrate one of the human emotions, which is freaking out. Another emotion is greed, as when you kill someone for money, or something like that. Another emotion is generosity, as when you pay someone double what he paid for his stupid puppet.I.K.F.C.E.S.C.Potato SocietySAWG


              • #8
                Hi Karen.

                Westerly Guild Guitars - Website

                My goal was/is to be "Campfire Good".

                What's "campfire good"? I've been around some campfires where the players were pretty good.

                So if that is "campfire good"...and that is my goal...Then I guess I'll stick to "candle good" until I improve...


                • #9
                  Another welcome, Karen. And don't believe everything OJ says about us - we really aren't that bad.


                  • #10
                    Welcome to the forum KarenA,,,, even if you're from a warm place like the hills of Arizona.

                    We're freezin' our butts off, here in south-western Quebec. (-6* Celsius tonight) My cat keeps wanting to go "out", but minutes later, he's at the door, and he's got that look of panic in his eyes. "Lemmee Innnnnnn".

                    I think he's a "Wussy-Cat"
                    Veni, Vidi, Velcro;

                    (I came, I saw, I stuck around)


                    • #11
                      Welcome Karen. I too like some bluegrass, although classic country is likely my favourite genre. Alison Krauss is one of my favourite artists but with her talent and personality, why not. Enjoy your stay. We hope to hear from you often. We don't get too many ladies to share their ideas with us so glad to have you on board.

                      What about your husband or children; do they play as well or are they listeners?
                      Foul language is the sign of a weak mind trying to express itself forcibly. * Thankfully, my computer program masks all the foul language and changes it to @&%)7#


                      • #12
                        Thank you all for the welcome!

                        Michael: the only recording I've done is mostly been at jam sessions etc. Haven't really tried to actually do any kind of a quality recording.

                        Kiowa1: lol @ "young Cher" one has ever accused me of that before, and now that my hair is a bit shorter and minus the bangs, there's no chance!

                        Steadfastly: my husband plays some bluegrass fiddle, and my youngest son plays guitar. My brother is the bigger musician, but unfortunately he's 2500 miles away in frosty New England!
                        Bang your head against the wall all you want, it all goes back to old-time music


                        • #13
                          Welcome, KarenA! It sounds like you'll fit in just fine here. Be sure to check out the upcoming Virtual Open Mic coming up on the second Saturday. I imagine it will have a holiday theme. A bunch of us use handheld recorders that we use to upload our submissions to Soundclick or A few more involved folks break out the cameras and upload stuff to youtube. A lot post originals, though many of us stick with covers. Every now and then a couple of folks will collaborate on something and put it out there for the rest of us to admire or pick apart. By and large we're mostly polite though.
                          2013 Official Luthier's Forum Medium Jumbo (Western red cedar/mahogany)
                          2012 McKnight McUke (soprano ukulele, redwood/mahogany)
                          2010 Martin D-16GT
                          2006 Larrivee OM-03R
                          1998 Fender American Standard Stratocaster (natural ash finish)
                          1989 Kramer Stryker
                          197? Epiphone Texan FT-160N


                          • #14
                            Hi, KarenA, welcome aboard.
                            Official HCAG “Theory-Challenged Hack”
                            Member of the IBANEZ ACOUSTIC ASSASSINS
                            Proud Member of The Alvarez Alliance
                            Member of the Schecter Society
                            Person-2-Person on the Web


                            • #15
                              Hi Karen-

                              Welcome to the Monkey House.

                              Karen, what does a research consultant do?