My musical journey began at age five, when my parents had me taking piano lessons from a lady living in our apartment complex; even more than three decades later, I can still vividly remember the first super-simple piano song I learned to play.  Ultimately, I spent roughly two decades playing piano and keyboard, and, beginning in middle school, about a dozen years playing alto saxophone.

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Then, musical silence.  For more than a decade, I played not a single note on any instrument.

It was just before Thanksgiving 2009 when I decided that it was time to begin playing again, so I bought a Casio WK-200 keyboard. On Christmas Day 2009, I realized that, at last, I had everything I needed to finally begin exploring MIDI, which I had learned of originally in the mid-1980s but definitely could not afford to investigate hands-on at the time.

From there, things escalated quickly.  My years of playing and even composing music for piano had me working with Finale PrintMusic to create the notation for the music I heard in my head.  The discovery of the VST and SoundFont technologies made it far easier than I had ever dreamed possible to create music matching the actual sounds I heard in my head.  Working originally in Music Maker and now in Reaper made it possible to truly hone and fine-tune the sound of the PrintMusic scores and add effects and embellishments so my music could truly approach near-professional quality.

It still amazes me just how far I have come musically, both since my first piano lesson and since Christmas Day 2009.  I have discovered some great technologies and sound libraries and resources and people along the way, and hopefully, through this Web site as well as my YouTube channel and on the Finale Forum for Windows, I can share my music and my musical experience with the world (see jms3music.bandcamp.com) and hopefully  inspire others.

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