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Why I do what I do

I play the saxophone because because it is something I enjoy. And that i sbasically my rationale for most of what I do. By that I mean I do the tasks I normally wouldn’t enjoy so I can do the things I like. I often have found myself getting distracted from those tasks by the things I like doing. At least since I’ve been to college, I have begun workng on my assignments earlier than later so as to be able to relax and socialize on my own time, without the weight of work and grades hanging over my head.
More next time,
Excelsior!
Nathan English

Things that matter

Things that matter to me? Well that’s simple, and in no particular order: Money, loyalty, knowledge, women, science, power, music, and a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, I’m just not yet sure how the tings I care about make any difference to music very much.
What I do know is that the things I value will help shape my career as I go forward with life. I know that I’m unwilling to compromise one of the things I hold dear for a career or fame , or wealth. I know that some way I will be able to build a career that suits the things I value.
Excelsior!
Nathan English

How I Get the Job Done

When I set out to accomplish a goal, whether it be in my job as a private lesson instructor, or just to better my skill on the saxophone, I always do my best to plan out my strategy in order to maximize my potential.

When I teach private lessons, my students’ goals become my own. I then use my knowledge to develop their goals to better suit their abilities and ambition. When I work on a piece myself, I have to consider many factors, including: time, difficulty of the subject, deadline the piece needs to be prepared by, and other situational factors that arise. When I practice, I always set a gameplan, both for the longterm result and the shortterm. Say I want to prepare a solo for a performance in two months. Well I make the conception early on of how I want my performance to go. From there, I break up the piece into sections, somtimes depending on the style of piece, there is already a natural way to practice these sections.I set my daily routines in accordance with what needs to be taken care of from there.

When I practice, the environment doesn’t usually have an influence on me, but I have noticed I have an affinity for open spaces such as band halls, so I can get an idea as to the full tone of my instrument. Bathrooms work well for that as well.

To be continued,

Excelsior!

Nathan English

An abridged history

In the fall of my eighth grade, I approached the director of the band hoping to join the band. She said that musicians who start late usually have a low likelihood of success, but she encouraged me to take private lessons and then audition in the spring. Fast-forward a few months, and I managed to gain entry to the second tier band at school, much to the surprise (and joy) of the director. I already had done considerably well compared to the accepted doctrine of music education.

As I entered high school in Allen, TX ( home of the world’s largest marching ensemble with standing engagements) I was, needless to say, overwhelmed. I was on the verge of quitting band due to the sheer amount of music coupled with the foreign aspect of marching, let alone putting the two together. I talked with my private lesson teacher who convinced me to stay with it just a ittle longer, and I have to give him credit for my current status as a musician.

Throughout my high school carreer, I had the fortune of playing alongside some fantastic musicians on my instrument, the Saxophone, two of whom were all-state musicians. I had a great interest in earning that recognition, and in my senior year, I helped to ensure that Allen had the number one chair in my region for the fourth consecutive year, as well as a four year all-state streak on saxophone.

However despite my interest in the saxophone, I really had a poor experience with band throughout high school. My director and I didn’t get along very well, and I was seriously considering dropping music when I graduated. I decided against it and instead auditioned at SMU where I currently am 2nd chair in the wind ensemble, which despite my very limited time in, has been a fantastic experience. I’m not sure that I even want to pursue music professionally, but I know that if I chose to, I could be successful, the past has taught me that much.

To be continued,

Excelsior!

Nathan English

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