I've kicked this one around before, but want to put it back out there because someone in the the DB section started a thoughtful thread and I felt we needed one here. What do you all do, or do you do anything, to become a more artful player. I have always believed that there are musicians and there are artists. I consider myself an artist - for many reason. I grew up fascinated with lots of arts, creating constantly, I played every instrument I could get my hands on, wrote songs since I was 12, got heavily into theater in college... blah, blah, blah. I also have always had a burning desire to express my feelings in other ways than with my mouth, fists and penis. A musician on the other hand I feel studies music diligiently, learns how to read, learns everything about theory and the science of music, and strives towards being the best technical player they can be. I have friends obsessed with learning to do everything petrucci can do on guitar, and working day in day out to get as fast as they can and totally master their instrument. I'm not judging either - I think it's like a left brain right brain thing... and i think lots of people have both.... I'm rambling and I'm not entirely sure what my point is. The other day I was playing along with some drum loops and a recorder and I was obsessed with playing the lines I was playing with the best 'feel' I could possibly put into them. It's amazing when you really concentrate on the groove, heart and soul into the lines you play how much you can expand (or i can anyhow). What are your toughts on all this stuff. Do you do anything to develop yourself as an artist? Do you consider yourself an artist? Do you consider yourself a musician? Do you think there's a difference? Do you think I'm nuts? Wus up?