Are you a musician or a player of music?
After reading a comment in the "Spots V Ears" thread where it was suggested that one should have to acquire certain skills before he/she could call themselves a competent musician, I recall posting this very early thread..
I thought the topic was worth revisiting and would be interested to hear the views of the more current members.
As I stated, I’ve always been reluctant to refer to myself as a musican and prefer the term "player" as I tend to think of an actual musician as someone who has received or "aqcuired"the actual training and knowledge. He or she would also work within the field of music in one way or another. Perhaps as a professional player, compose, or, possibly, in an educational capacity.
What do you all think?
Also, in the field of trad music and sessions, country music, even jazz etc, it is not uncommon for even truly excellent musicians to refer to themselves as "players". So, maybe, it’s a genre thing too?