I consider myself a guitar player. I am not a guitarist. What is the difference, you ask? A player is someone who can play the instrument, whether it is a few licks or fairly well. An instrumentalist is someone who is proficient at the instrument. Which brings me to some thoughts I have had about playing in bands. Guitar. Most people familiar with music can bang out a few barre chords. But to be a guitarist is another level altogether. Bass. Most guitar players can pick up a bass and bang out 1-4-5 and a few fills. But a bassist is a specialized skill that is not easy to obtain. Drums. Sure, most players can bang out basic rhythm. A good drummer makes the rhythm sing. Keys. Same thing - if you know music, you can bang out some basic stuff, but proficiency is a specialized skill. Singer. Many / most of us can sing, but a good vocalist "makes it work", not just covers the part. Our first garage bands when we were young probably consisted of players, not instrumentalists. Sometimes that works for a bit, or in a context, but rarely goes much farther than that. The band I was in decades ago used me as a bass player. I got to be OK after a while, but I was never a bassist. The lead guitar player was a guitarist; second guitar player a guitar player. The drummer was a good drummer, but had funny ideas about where he fit in. The keyboard player was very proficient reading music and playing by herself, but just a keyboard player in the context of the band. (This is another topic for another time). We found a singer who was decent, but not a vocalist, and he had an "odd stage presence" that over time became off-putting. A bunch of good people that just never meshed or could agree on a direction. I quit after two gigs. Then, we get to musicians. I would say that is someone who is an instrumentalist on at least three categories. We could argue about whether music theory factors in that or not. Again, I really don't have a point here. This has occurred to me a number of times in the past few months, so I am posting here to get it off my mind. Thank you for "allowing me that". Thoughts?