I'm a Classical Violinist, i learned starting with Suzuki, and then went on with a traditional teacher, at the age 12 i got a fiddle teacher that couldn't read music and I learned fiddling from her by ear and with fiddle tab. I started playing in fiddle groups and learned quickly how to improve on the violin. As of late i've been asked to play in a country band, and the improve for that music came naturally, soon after i was asked to play in a rock band and the improve was harder but still came with great results and much praise. I came to know a Viola player that has a masters degree in music, and was talking to him about how fiddling has helped me expand my playing field to groups as mentioned and he said that he cant improve. I was surprised to think that a man who has played viola for many years, with specific training, got a masters in music couldn't come to a jam session and improve, or make up a song. So i was curious if other classical players feel the same way?
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