What makes someone a player of an instrument?
August 10, 2014 1:47 PM Subscribe
I was reading this thread
and one of the comments struck me: 'these people just memorized some tabs, and can't actually play guitar.' It made me wonder what is the difference between playing an instrument and simply 'memorizing some riffs'?
posted by winna to Media & Arts (29 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I am teaching myself an instrument. Much of what I do is practice scales and learn songs from books. While I wouldn't call myself a musician by a long shot, it had not occurred to me that it was possible to define what I was doing as not playing the instrument. I do think there is an argument to be made that there is a distinction between playing an instrument and just cranking out set pieces, but I'm unclear on how to define it.
So what makes someone an instrument player rather than a riff-reproduction machine?