Robert Estrin - piano expert

Why You Must be Present in Your Music

Interesting and useful insight for all musicians

In this video, Robert talks about simple life experiences that can improve your musical approach.

Released on April 29, 2020

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Video Transcription

Hi, I'm Robert Estrin, and this is The subject today is the importance of being present in your music. Now, this transcends not just music, but life itself. After all, what do we have but the present? Living in the moment. You talk about being in flow, you hear about these terms, it's all about being here now so you can do something. For example, earlier today, I was playing ping pong with my wife. We have these amazing volleys and sometimes they go on and on, and on. And the moment I stop being present in the games, start thinking about it, boom, that's when I'll miss. This idea of being present isn't just in your musical performance. I'll give you one other example. And then, what I'm going to do after that is I'm going to play for you some original music and see how present I can be with you here for this presentation.

Another example is, I love to cook. We have a deal. My wife cleans, I cook. I think I've got the better end of the deal. Anyway, I love being creative, and I don't usually work from recipes. I improvise, and that's my style anyway. And sometimes, if I'm really thinking about it, I'm in the moment. The meal is so much better. So, this is the message, and this transcends all musical performances as well as any artistic endeavor or just life itself. You certainly want to be present when you're driving, for example. So sometimes, it is a matter of life and death. So let's see what kind of music comes out now here at home. We're all at home, and in trying to make the best of it, let's be present in this moment together.

I hope you have enjoyed what that moment has brought us. Each moment, we want to do the most with them whatever we're doing. Particularly, reaching out to people around us. It's an interesting thing what's going on right now because normally, when we're all out and about, you see everybody in a busy place. Everybody's buried in their devices, detached from what's going on around them. And paradoxically, now, we're more connected than ever because we're depending upon the technology when we can't be physically together. I'm going to bring all kinds of things to you, and I hope that you enjoy this personal encounter together. We're all hunkering down and making the best of it, and coming out stronger at the end. So, once again, I'm Robert Estrin here at, your online piano store. Thanks so much for joining me and subscribing. We'll see you next time.
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Rob Mayer * VSM MEMBER * on April 30, 2020 @1:26 pm PST
Thank you so much for this piece, both the sentiments and the actual music you shared with us! Your passion for the piano and music in general is contagious - if I can use that word right now ....
Robert - host, on April 30, 2020 @4:38 pm PST
This is the time for all of us to reach out to each other and share joy during these challenging times.
TONY on April 30, 2020 @8:33 am PST
Michael Vitale * VSM MEMBER * on April 29, 2020 @4:23 am PST
That was very nice - enjoyed it a lot. Did you compose it during the "shelter in place" or was this something you wrote prior? I wanted to know if the shelter in influenced the mood, melodic development, etc.
Robert - host, on April 29, 2020 @2:04 pm PST
Yes, we all have more time at home now. It is a great opportunity to share things online as we face this new reality.
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