Newbie needs advice please!

Hello everyone…I’m new to shorthand, but am excited about the possibility of learning.  I have two reasons for this post:

First, I’ve inherited a Bible from a dear woman who has passed away.  She had written in it for years, and made it clear that she wanted me to learn from her studies.  Unfortunately, about half the notes were written in…you guessed it…shorthand.  I know it’s Gregg, but can’t tell which “version”.  Because of her age, though, I’m guessing that Anniversary would be most likely.  Does that sound right to you?  I’ve read the “How to tell which version you use” information on the Shorthand, Shorthand, Shorthand site (great site, by the way…), but it looks like it’s really only useful if you know what you’re writing, not trying to decipher a mystery document.  I’d really like to figure out what she used so I could learn that version first.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Second, having said all of that, I have picked up a Diamond Jubilee text kit and have started the first few lessons in it.  I don’t think I’ll have a problem learning to read it, but writing is another matter.  I can’t figure out spacing and stroke size.  I’m left-handed, and that seems to be causing some problems as well (everything seems to be curved backwards from how I “feel” like it should go…does that make sense?).  I think I could force my way through, but it would be so much easier if I could find someone in my area (Dallas, TX) to help me get started.  Do any of you have advice on how to find a local teacher?  I’m about to start contacting the retirement homes!
Thanks for reading this far!

(by hvoltz for everyone)

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  1. I'm sure her notes were Anniversary as that was the official Gregg system taught from 1929 to 1949 … and maybe a few years later since public school systems usually were tardy in purchasing new texts. Good luck with your endeavor!

  2. Congratulations on your new found interest, and welcome to the group!  The best part about learning shorthand, to me, is that it is fun!  I understand the akward feeling of writing with your left hand–that is why I switched to writing with my right–but many of our members are, and some of the fastest writers in history have been, lefties like you.  I would not stress out too much about the particulars of spacing and such in the beginning; the Diamond Jubilee textbook is designed to help you learn by practice.  You should do fine if you study the well written shorthand in the book and try to emulate it.  If you are like me, though, and appreciate having the details spelled out, have a look at this helpful article in our Documents section.   Documents: Fuss and Feathers   You might also benefit from some of the sites in our Links section.  The Anniversary manual goes into the theory side of Gregg more than does Diamond Jubilee (I think), and member Andrew has graciously posted it and a wealth of other resources for free download from his website:

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