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Why do people learn instruments if they don't want to play in public?

I've got a friend I've known for years (we're 18 and first met when we were like 7).
Now somehow I've never known that he plays guitar, I recall him mentioning it at some point but it never seemed like something he really put time into but he came round my place the other day and when i was out of the room picked up my guitar and started playing.
I came in and he's incredibly good, like seriously amazing on a level that I've only heard very few people on YouTube play and i can't recall seeing anyone play that well live. When i asked him about it he said that he's been playing for about 8 years but only in his room at home because he doesn't like performing. Why do people like him have these great talents but keep them hidden? I can't understand it, if i could play like that i'd probably be performing all the time.

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