Well today I was kinda evaulating how i play and learn. I then realized that my skill always boosted tremendously when I was put in a higher level band, sitting next to someone more advanced. Within a week I can play like them. When I am in a settled spot, I can practice like crazy, yet the results are minimal. In marching band I magically learned how to play the first part by accident because I learn by listening. Does anyone else learn like this? In other words does playing with someone with a higher skill set boost your skill?