I know I already did a review of Branson but there are some stories I just have to share. Here is the first one. During intermission at the Down Home Country Show, Mom told the guy behind us something along the lines that they play the violin well. He corrected her and said that isn’t a violin, it is a fiddle. When she told me this, I cracked up because technically she was right…but she was in the wrong town. Here is a little lesson on the fiddle/violin.
If you are in Branson, never, EVER tell a musician that they are a good violin player. You will probably end up with a concussion and have a bump on your head after they smash their beer bottle over your head and tie you up with rope, rodeo style. Just don't do it! They are fiddle players.
On the other hand, never tell a musician playing for the Boston Pops that they are an awesome fiddle player because you may still have bump on your head from their $1,000 bottle of wine and you will be tied up by their tuxedo tails. They are violinists and have over $100,000 in student loan debt from 8+ years of music school so they can be one of the elite players in the country.
The exact same instrument may be played as a violin or fiddle, it is almost completely an issue of style and intent. As a disclaimer so I don’t have somebody tell me I’m wrong… sometimes there can be differences in the bridge.