Which do you refer yourself as?
Believe it or not, there is no a clear answer for that question. So, I asked my friends and students for an answer and this is what I got:
- I prefer guitarist
- I usually just say " I play guitar."
- In my mind they mean the same thing. I would probably say guitarist, just because it has more aesthetic flow than guitar player.
- I call myself a guitar player. I am not a professional musician and I do not play in a band.
- It all depends on your definition of each. I think I'm a guitar player just because I am still novice. I want to become a guitarist. -Respect!
- This one was the best... I would say guitar player, because guitarist sounds rude. In my mind, it implies some kind of feeling of belonging or even ostracism, discrimination or something like that. Look at the words sexist, racist.... In my mind, guitarist resembles to principles. For instance:
A: "What guitar do you have?".
B: "I have a Fender Stratocaster".
A: "My God, Fender sucks. I only play Gibson".
B: "Shit man, don't be so guitarist".
At this point I was about to say, "Only Gibson is good enough", Ha!, but I was laughing so much I hardly could keep on breathing.
Anyway, please comment and let me know what do you think about it. Is there any rule that defines the limits for both words? Can we say that we are guitarists and guitar players, meaning that they are interchangeable?
Please share your thoughts with me. I am pretty sure that there is a lot to be said about it.
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