I use the same distinction between Musician and guitar player quite frequently and I admit, I tend to use it in a derogatory way.
Shame on me!
In my mind a musician doesn't have to be the greatest technical performer but he must produce something of artistic value. Sometimes those kids whacking out loud chords do have some artistic value, even if it is only the Zeitgeist that gives it credence.
Equally those people all over youtube who can "shred" (I so hate that term
) say nothing to me other than "check me out I can play this scale really fast".
The problem is it's so subjective - what moves me, may be a complete snorefest to you and vice-versa.
When I was doing my degree some eminent University academic came in to give us a master class on the music of the Beatles (this was mid 80's) and even at the time I thought what a load of old tosh, it's just some old hippy academic trying to be cool (sorry Beatle fans
) and I think that in another 15 years time when most of the boomer generation are no longer with us, most people won't even know who they were. That was the zeitgeist giving those pop musicians musical credibility, in my opinion.
Anyway, I digress,
It's just words and trying to pin them down is impossible because words, like music, mean different things to different people. So many people think that because you own a musical instrument, you are a musician. I don't think that the people who knock out rock band tunes in the local pub are musicians in the sense that we understand the term but to the masses they are great musicians simply because they recognise the tunes they play.
Who is in the wrong? Is it us in Ivory towers? Is it the masses for not understanding? Do we just feel our egos smarting because we don't get the recognition we feel our craft deserves?
I know what I feel about it but it may be different to you.