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#1
I've been playing guitar for nearly 4 years and I play flute. I'm pretty knowledgeable in terms of music theory and I mostly play off of sheet music. But I still don't refer to myself as a musician.

I'm not modest or anything, I just think it's presumptuous. If someone asks me if I'm a musician I say, 'no, but I do play instruments.'

How 'bout you?
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#2
mu⋅si⋅cian
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–noun
1. a person who makes music a profession, esp. as a performer of music.
2. any person, whether professional or not, skilled in music.


Yes. I do. I love performing, and I am slightly skilled.
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#4
Do you play music?


Then you're a musician.
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#8
I know theory fairly well, played drums for 6 years, now ****ing around on guitar, but no I can't call myself musician yet. I gotta long way to go to get at the level I wanna be
#9
I do, sometimes... It depends on what the convorsation is about. If were talking about instruments i can acctually PLAY, such as guitar, bass, a little bit of keyboards, and harmonica, then yes, i refer to myself as a musician. I can also read sheet music, so, to me, that counts for something
#10
I do, mainly because I heard girls like musicains so I began wearing a sign round my neck saying that I was one ... didn't go aswell as planned tbh.
#12
No, I'm a guitarist, I don't actually know anything about music, apart from if it sounds good to me or not lol.
#14
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#15
I just feel playing an instrument doesn't make me a musician any more than writing makes me a writer.
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I know theory fairly well, played drums for 6 years, now ****ing around on guitar, but no I can't call myself musician yet. I gotta long way to go to get at the level I wanna be


You're still a musician, even if you're not professio-

Never mind.


Drummer.

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#18
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#20
Uh.. Yes.

I can play guitar, bass, tuba, clarinet, bass clarinet.
I can read both treble and bass clef.

I think I'm qualified as a musician.
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#23
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Do you play music?


Then you're a musician.


+1

even if you're bad at your instrument, if you play music then you are a musician (albeit a bad one)
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#24
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No, I'm a drummer.


Well done. You know your place.
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Well done. You know your place.


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Uh.. Yes.

I can play guitar, bass, tuba, clarinet, bass clarinet.
I can read both treble and bass clef.

I think I'm qualified as a musician.


Yes, but are you a racist?

I just look at all the greats and think 'man, those are musicians, not me.'
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#27
I write my own songs.
I can record.
I play guitar soon for 3 years
I have knowledge in basic theory
I can play some bass

...i class myself as a musician.
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#29
I can play by ear, sightread, I have perfect pitch and I'm really good at improvisation. I consider myself a musician, because I can sit down with a band or an orchestra and I can just play along with whatever they're playing, no problem. I obviously still have a lot to learn though.
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#31
Of course your a musician, and it doesn't make you presumptuous to say so.
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#32
To everyone in this thread saying you can 'play some bass': anyone that plays guitar can play some bass, it doesn't count as an extra instrument unless you are actually a proper skilled bassist, with the slappin' and the poppin' etc.
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Pfft I don't care if a NONMUSICIAN is > me.
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#34
I do consider myself a musician. I have played guitar for 5 and a half years, I can read treble and bass clef, I am very proficient with theory, I have a well trained ear, and I perform regularly.
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#35
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Pfft I don't care if a NONMUSICIAN is > me.


Drummers and bassists>guitarists.


Now stop being a guitard!
#36
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Of course your a musician, and it doesn't make you presumptuous to say so.


Not necessarily.

My sister has got a distinction in grade 5 theory and advanced grades on flute and piano. BUT- she failed practical musicianship three times, she can't tell if a chord is major or minor by listening to it, she can't play by ear or improvise to save her life.

She's an instrumentalist, not a musician.
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Not necessarily.

My sister has got a distinction in grade 5 theory and advanced grades on flute and piano. BUT- she failed practical musicianship three times, she can't tell if a chord is major or minor by listening to it, she can't play by ear or improvise to save her life.

She's an instrumentalist, not a musician.


I like that distinction. A musician must have some musicality to be a musician, in my opinion. I do have a good ear and I've passed those exams up till now, but I still don't think I'm a musician. Perhaps when I start performing more, who knows.
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#38
This whole thread is really a semantics debate between people who think that musicians are people who play music and people who think that musicians are people who are any good at it. In my eyes, rabidguitarist, your sister is a musician.
#39
I play guitar, I read music, I understand the very basic
even if I su.. I'm not good at these 3 thing, I'm a musician
a shity one, but still
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This whole thread is really a semantics debate between people who think that musicians are people who play music and people who think that musicians are people who are any good at it. In my eyes, rabidguitarist, your sister is a musician.


But she can't even tap her feet to music.

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