I learnt to read music @ 12 years old playing Euphonium in a Silver Band for 7 years. so 54 years later, having not played anything since then, I started the sax, during lockdown. It was instinctive for me to read music and learn the associated fingerings on the instrument. Soon I was able to play loads of tunes probably not to well but household comments said I was improving rapidly, After 6 months I thought it would be a good idea to have a professional one to one lesson to check out my playing, the instrument and get some help with playing to backing tracks which I found really hard. And that’s where it all went wrong. The teacher I was recommended to by several folk, although friendly enough, told me that although I had a good sound, tone and timing, my method was all wrong. He said that playing the sax by reading music the way I did was just too difficult, took too much of my brain power, would prevent me from playing to backing tracks and improvising. He insisted that I started to learn a different way of reading notes by letters so instead of dots the sheet would be transcribed in to the letters of the notes like A#, C7, etc. You get the idea. Also until I “owned” all the scales written in such a way progress would be stifled if not stopped altogether. He then went on to recommend an app called Session Band that would help me with this new system. I duly bought the app and set to learning the new way, for about 4 weeks, but I don’t have a great memory anymore and none of it would stick. Plus I really didn’t get to grips with the app, it’s not intuitive to me. So I then I just lost motivation and sadly I haven’t picked up the sax for 3 months. Sort of what’s the point, if I can’t get to grips with this method I’ll never succeed. Plus i know that as I haven’t been playing it will be double difficult if I do. Wish I had never gone for that lesson!