Personal Narrative: My First Playing Saxophone

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I started playing Saxophone in 4th grade. To this day I still don’t know completely why wanted to start playing that particular instrument. But when you think about it, a lot of promising things come from meager beginnings.
I started playing Alto Sax. When I started playing, well lets just say that just getting an individual note out was difficult. During 4th grade I lived in Hagerstown, Maryland. It was small town but I lived near family. During the first few years of my playing I didn’t play very confidently and I usually sat in the back of class. My parents didn’t know what to think, but like the great parents they are, they had my side. Skip ahead to middle school, I started to learn much more but I my playing was still in its infancy. Up to this point I played in a small school concert band. We played really easy songs, and even then, they weren’t that good to hear. It was also during this point that I started to think that maybe this wasn’t something I liked doing. But I keep
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Mrs. Kessler signed me up for a lessoning with him and from that moment on Doug became like a “Yoda” to me. He taught me all I now, with out him I would still be mediocre. He brought my playing to the next level, he help me build my confidence. This helped me make more friends. With Doug’s help, I got in to Wind Ensemble and Jazz band. Doug was there for me. He taught me about life and what’s really important. He was like a big brother and a second Father figure rolled in to one. He taught me how to properly solo and helped me improve my tone. I became more positive and proud of my self. As High School continued on, my playing continued to improve by leaps and bounds. I made friends in band and I found something that I really cared about. I think my crowning achieve was last year during Jazz Band I blew my parent away with my soloing. I worked hard to improve my self and succeeded. No, I nailed

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