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A musician is a person who plays or composes music. Musicians can be
classified by how they make music:
* A singer (also called a vocalist) uses his or her voice.
* An instrumentalist plays a musical instrument.
* Composers and songwriters make up music and write it down.
* A conductor coordinates a musical ensemble.
The concept of the musician and the status of the musician in society is
culture-specific. Think, for instance, about your own concepts relating to
"the heavy metalist", "the folk musician", "the DJ", "the sarangi player",
"the female drummer", and so on.
It may also be useful to make a reference to the songs produced by some
animals, including birds. Although many would surely debate that birds are
musicians, their ability to produce variations on the characteristic song of
their species is a subject for more research. The freestyle-chatter of even
common birds, although lacking the complexity of methods employed by
human-beings, must be looked at in terms of the origins of music.
Human-beings did not begin producing music by banging away on a keyboard,
nor are they the only creatures which respond to (or produce) rhythm and melody.
Types of musicians
* Singer or vocalist
* Instrumentalist (a musician who plays a musical instrument).
o Bassist or Double bassist
o Electronic musician
o Flutist or Flautist
o Hornist or Horn player
o Keyboardist or Keyboard player
o Recorder player
o Trumpeter or Trumpet player
o Tubist or Tuba player
o Turntablist or DJ
o Violist or Viola player
It should be noted that although in many cases the name of the player is
made from the name of the instrument + "ist", it does not work for all
instruments. Trumpetist for example is nonsense. There are also widespread
differences in the acceptability of some of these terms: for example
percussionist is in general and uncontested use whereas violist is not.