Ernie Watts on not doubling Check out this blog post by Helen over at the Bassic Sax blog for some thoughts from saxophone great Ernie Watts about the downside of doubling. At some point, you end up in a mush of mediocrity. Go read it Comments Dave Erato January 25th, 2012 I like Ernie and all, but maybe him and Dan Higgins (or anybody else on LA’s first call list) never quite crossed paths. Reply Jonathan January 27th, 2012 Pronounced as ‘saxOFFanist’ – that was a chuckle. Better than sexophone or sexoffanist, I suppose. Reply Ray Pizzi January 29th, 2012 Hmmmmmmmmmmmm………… OK….that works for Ernie Watts……However…..Throughout my career….Doubling has created many amazing musical and creative opportunities for me….My advice is…. Follow Your Dream and play your L-o-n-g Tones. Ray Pizzi Reply Ronnal Ford February 1st, 2012 Totally agree Ray! If you don’t like it, don’t do it! There are plenty of other people that would jump at the chance to play whatever instruments they are asked to play. And I’m one of them!!! I also don’t think that working on my other instruments have harmed my oboe playing at all. I played more oboe now (and better) that I’ve been doubling a lot more, in and outside of school. But, to each his own. Reply Leave a comment Commenting policy Cancel reply Name (required; real name strongly preferred) Email (required; will not be published) Website Show a link to your most recent blog post with your comment? Comment If you are a new commenter, please check your email after submitting, and use the verification link to complete the commenting process. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.