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If you ask a grade 8 classical pianist to play and improvise a simple song like 'Happy Birthday' without the score sheet, they will find it very difficult or impossible. This is because a large majority of classical pianists are unable to play by ear. The skill of playing by ear is hardly taught in conventional classical training, and it is not emphasised. Without the music score sheets, most classical pianists find it challenging to improvise and play any song.
There are usually two kinds of people who play music; the players and the musicians. Players require fixed instructions in order to play pre-arranged score sheets. They need to follow a definite path. If you tell them to walk from point A to point B, they will need precise directions every step of the way. But a musician is an improviser. He will be able to create tunes and play them in any style, spontaneously (on-the-fly). So if you tell them walk from point A to point B, they may take slight detours, either to see different things or because of obstacles, even though eventually they will still arrive at the same destination.