So it seems like many of my colleagues are masters of some sort of social media. Classical guitar players are all over Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Each post is flooded with comments, questions and praise. Every day there appears to be more polished and fast players. More rockstars. More buzz around our instrument.
For us (classical musicians, mainly guitarists), the focus is generally to spend as much time as possible in the proverbial practice room. That includes literally practicing in a room, educating ourselves, attending/performing in masterclasses, taking lessons and so on... But does it include cultivating a list of hashtags to better promote your videos to an audience?
This isn't an attempt to diminish the skills or character of those who have a large social following. Rather, I think they have a unique vantage point. Classical guitar had never been in the spotlight compared to our electric brothers and sisters. It seems like the world is changing and our ever shrinking family is responding with different actions. Some of us are available by a tweet or a DM. This connects us to people we admire or wish to foster some sort of professional relationship. It also has the potential to alienate those who are not at the party.
What do you think? How does social media come into play with your music?