In the Realms, how are bards viewed differently than talented musicians of equal or greater ability in their art?

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  1. Wayne Van Stanley says:

    How Ed Greenwood explained it all is pretty much how I think most of us, DM/GMs view it.
    The only thing I would add is that, the Bard class has spells, feats, and abilities no mere town Bard or traveling Minstrel has.
    Of course, a “musically inclined” wizard, warlock, sorcerer, cleric, druid, etc could make themselves look like a Bard; but, when the heat comes, their true colors/identities will be revealed and then, as the saying goes “the jig is up”.
    If a party “hired” them to be their Bard for all the benefits to battle, etc that a true Bard would bring to the party and then find they are getting none of that with their singing spellcaster, those who survive may have some pointed (as in ‘at actual swordpoint’) questions for the sham Bard.

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