Thursday, January 19, 2006

I Like It -- But Is It Music?

I Like It -- But Is It Music?: "I Like It, But Is It Music?

I Like It, But Is It Music?

Learn to Describe What You Like through Musical Education
Are you frustrated when you try to explain your taste in music? Fortunately, one of the benefits of learning a musical instrument is a better understanding of your own musical taste. Learn to play an instrument, and soon you will be able to discuss what works or doesn�t work for you, in music.
It may come as a surprise, but the European tradition is rife with arguments not only about whether a song is good or bad, but also whether a song is music at all. John Cage, a composer famous for taking the position that any sound could be music, sometimes left portions of his compositions to chance and would use non-standard instruments. Often, arguments about music are really about whether you are able to express your opinion.
Let's take a look at the music fundamentals. When you understand the concepts of pitch, melody, harmony, rhythm, and articulation, you will be well on your way to expressing your opinions about music.
Pitch: Simply put, when you say a sound is high or low, you are describing the pitch. Each note in music is a pitch defined.
Melody: You could think of a melody something you hum. A melody is a series of notes played in succession. This is sometimes called the 'horizontal' part of music, in reference to written notes on a scale.
Harmony: Harmony is what happens when multiple notes are played simultaneously. The combined sound adds depth to the melody. 'Chords' consist of three or more notes played simultaneously, with each chord named for notes.
Rhythm: Most Western music relies on an even beat beneath the music. Each note takes up one of these beats or a portion of it. Other cultures"
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