Robert Estrin - piano expert

Are Musicians Antisocial?

Is that a truth or a myth?

In this video, Robert talks about how musicians are often considered "antisocial." How that can be?

Released on January 8, 2020

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Video Transcription

Hi, and welcome to, I'm Robert Estrin. And today's question is, is being a musician antisocial? Some of you might be thinking, that seems like the opposite of what music is all about. After all, you see groups of musicians playing together, whether it's a symphony, orchestra, chamber music, or even a rock band, you see a comradery. And you must think being a musician is all about being social. After all, you get together with other musicians and you have to sense each other and give and take and all of that that's involved. So what could I possibly be talking about? How could music possibly be antisocial? Well, truth be known, in order to get on a high level on an instrument, whether it's the piano, the violin, the trumpet, it really doesn't matter what instrument it is, it requires countless hours of solitary practice. So indeed that you have to strike a balance in your life as a musician because you'll never develop the technique and the repertoire to be a really fine musician without spending all that time alone.

So how do you bridge that gap and be able to bring to your music the love of humanity and the friendship? Why do you even care about your audience? All too often, people spend too much time practicing and don't balance that out with relationships and friendships because while playing in a musical organization, whether it's singing in a choir or playing in a band, it doesn't really give you the same type of relationship that you get when you're actually having friends. A one on one or small groups, we really get a chance to explore each other. So indeed, as musicians, we have to remember to get out of our practice rooms and be social, make friends. After all, you have to care about people in order to be a great musician because you're going to have all the fingers in the world and repertoire technique and all of that, but if you don't care enough to share something meaningful, then what is it all for?

So that's the answer for musicians. Of course, playing in groups gives you a different type of relationship with people that's focused on the music naturally, but as a musician, remember to balance your intense practice and that lonely time we must all spend learning music and perfecting our techniques. Balance that out with relationships with people, and you'll be richly rewarded. Remembering why are even doing this? You have to care about your audience. You have to care about people. So spend the time to nurturing your relationships with friends and it will all come back to you and your music because that's what you have to share. Thanks so much for joining me. Again, I'm Robert Estrin here at, your online piano store.
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Fulvia * VSM MEMBER * on January 8, 2020 @5:13 pm PST
I am commenting to this subject from a different point of view. I am not a professional musician, I am aging pretty fast and I am becoming anti-social for a different reason. I find that even old time friends who are not interested in music and the arts in general are dreadfully boring, so I am starting to eliminate those friends, because I prefer to spend my time at the piano, or listening to classical music on the radio, or going to concerts and art museums alone, rather than listening to their endless everyday problems. Funny that I seem to be the only one among my "friends" who is not suffering of high blood pressure, insomnia, and other common ailments that come with aging. ... Beethoven is the cure all medicine!!!
Robert - host, on January 11, 2020 @2:07 pm PST
You're doing the right thing going out and experiencing the joy of music! Hopefully you will connect with people who share your love of music.
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