What is success to you? – A french student

How can learning a second instrument broaden the horizon and deepen the learning process?

“I am a classical saxophone player. When I became interested in Early Music two years ago, I took on the idea to learn to play the recorder. Not to neglect my first instrument, but as a way to enter deeply into this musical style and world. I told this to my saxophone teacher, and he responded by saying that playing the recorder would not add any value to being a saxophonist. And that whatever I do, I would still be a saxophonist ten years after. It was not about problems of embouchure, and also, he really didn’t mean bad, but, almost, I let a valuable dream and a possible success drift away… Now, I did pick up studying the recorder and it is indeed very beneficial to me and my saxophone playing!”