Don't even get me started TDS73... I've been saying that for about 7 or 8 years now. I've even asked my students (undergrads) who they believe the best guitarist of THEIR generation was, along with the best keyboard player, drummer, bassist, etc... and other than a handful (maybe 5 or 6) out of 70 or 80 students could even NAME someone of their generation who plays an instrument. It's pathetic.
What I really DON'T know, is whether this is due to a severe drop in the music programs offered by public schools, OR the prevalence of computer programs which let Joe Twelvepack put out a decent sounding track without real musicians behind him. Note, I didn't say GREAT sounding music, or music which has even a modicum of soul in it (not the genre, but rather the "feeling" put into the music when a human plays vs. a computer).