The other day I read a post about learning languages and passive listening.
Basically, passively listening to anything won’t help you learn it.
While I was in Sri Lanka for a month, I heard an awful lot of Sinhala. Words and phrases that I learned before arriving sometimes stayed in my memory. It helped a lot if I heard them in real conversations and recognized them. And new pieces stuck here and there, but only when I tried to remember them and used them.
Listening is really important on saxophone, but not passive listening. You’ve got to pick the horn and try things out!
Most people on the planet listen to music quite a bit, but most people aren’t musicians. It takes more than intercepting sound waves.
It’s great to enjoy music. Don’t stop doing that.
However, to really learn from music you hear, take what you hear and play it yourself. Bring it into your own music.
If you don’t already, try playing it by ear or transcribing it!