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You love music and want to know more about it, you want your friends and relatives to recognize you as an expert and rely on your opinion and knowledge about modern music. Contemporary music is often referred to as "pop music" and the term combines many genres. The genre, which is considered the mainstream, changes very often, and for this reason, many genres that were popular in the past can also be considered pop music. You can expand your knowledge with WikiHow, just scroll down to do this.

  1. 1 Listen to music on the radio. Memorize your car receiver with several radio stations. Listen to music whenever you are in a car, choose a station that suits your mood better. There is no need to constantly listen to the same station with the same style of music, it will be much better for your horizons if you listen to constantly different music and remember different artists.
  2. 2 Read about the different styles of music and albums in music magazines. Articles and review of albums and singles by professional critics in magazines such as Rolling stone, > Do not limit yourself to one genre, listen to different music. Pop music is just one of the areas of music that is popular right now. You cannot become versatile if you listen only to what you like. Of course, some artists will like you more than others, but tastes change over time.
  3. 4 Think of music. Listen to it. Try to attribute the musical composition that you hear on the radio to any genre. Could it be a rock song, folk or pure pop? Light jazz? Could it be a country? Maybe melancholy and or up-tempo? In which countries is this composition popular?
  4. 5 Listen to music in retrospect, choose a decade, get acquainted with all musical genres and trends, then move on to the next. Even despite the fact that pop music takes its roots from ethnic songs of African-Americans who lived in captivity in the United States, it is quite difficult to get acquainted with this period, due to lack of material. Start listening to music from the 1930s, this is exactly the time when music began to become popular thanks to the advent of players. In the 1920s, there were several artists who were ahead of their time in terms of music, but these records are very rare and fragmented. Listen to the creativity of big bands 1930, pay attention to how the style of vocals has changed over the decade. When you are well acquainted with the 30s, move on to the next decade and beyond.
  5. 6 Listen to the music of local artists. Attend local band concerts. So you can hear different musical directions and hear groups that have not yet become famous throughout the country. You can hear great teams in small halls until they become famous. For example, until recently, one could hear the Time Machine, VV, Leningrad playing in small clubs, and now they are gathering stadiums. You can get acquainted and communicate with musicians, take pictures with them and you will have a bunch of great photos when they become famous.
  6. 7 Learn to play a musical instrument. If you want to immerse yourself in music, learn to play a musical instrument. You can download audio recordings from the Internet that do not have the soundtrack of your instrument and play along with the recordings. Of course, there are few pop songs where you can play the violin or trumpet. But if you play the piano or guitar, there is a lot of material on the Internet for you. The ability to play an instrument will help you better understand the differences between songs and teach you to listen to music better.
  7. 8 Enjoy listening to music and introduce your friends to it. If you share your knowledge and discoveries with friends, they will probably also taste good music and start listening to it. Moreover, from now on, no party will be held in silence !.

  • Try to avoid bias towards any style of music. Someone loves country, some do not. A lot of rock performers grew up on country music and took a lot from it.
  • Explore new music and try to organize knowledge.
  • Here are some ideas to look for:

  • Early Dixieland Jazz, Creole Music and Bebop: Jellyroll Morton and Clarence Williams were the founders of these styles.
  • Popular performers of the 1920s: Sophie Tucker, Bessie Smith, etc ..
  • Big bands and popular vocalists. Swing dominated the 30s and 40s during the war. There were dance rhythms and lyrical vocals: Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James Band, Artie Shaw, Helen O "Connell, Doris Day, Nelson Eddy. Many compositions became the standard that has been performed for several decades, they were so popular that other artists were judged by them, listen to Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney and Harry Connick, Jr., Michael Buble and Jason Mraz joined them in later years, it's a pleasure to listen to Ward Kimball who wrote the songs for Walt Disney "I, but was a great jazz trombonist. He led a group called Firehouse Five Plus Two, which formed in the 40s, at Disneyland, then they reformed in the 50s and lasted until the 70s.

  • You can listen to your favorite style of music, but if you pretend to be an expert, you should be familiar with all areas.
  • Rodion Nagorny

    Electronic music in a broad sense It includes a large number of different areas: from experimental academic music to popular electronic dance music, which today is often implied by this term. There is no universal guide or reader for acquaintance with electronic dance music, and they are unlikely to ever appear. Getting to know music is always a fascinating and essentially endless process. But you can initially simplify it if you are guided by some simple rules and guidelines.

    First of all, you need to get rid of prejudice. Over time, many people become musical purists, saying, “I only listen to techno” or “I like only trance” - for a person who really wants to understand at least a little bit about the intricacies of beat and groove, such a position is destructive. It is important to understand that electronic music today takes an infinite variety of forms and its division into genres is conditional: they serve more as beacons in the ocean of synthesized sound. To get a more complete picture, it’s useful to study the origins: find out, for example, what the representatives of the “Bellville trinity” were guided by when they created the techno gold fund, or find out why Frankie Knuckles was nicknamed the godfather of house music.

    Frank Zappa once said: "Talking about music is like dancing about architecture." The best way to begin to understand electronic and indeed any music is to listen to it as much as possible. This does not mean that it is necessary to ignore specialized literature and the press, but without a live acquaintance with music, all these works will remain only letters on paper. As a guide, choose compilations and podcasts of reputable labels, magazines, clubs, festivals, DJ mixes and sets of visionaries of a particular genre, “universal” radio programs like Pete Tong's BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. Broadcasts Boiler Room,, Mixmag Lab, Beatport Live will also be an important source of information about what kind of music is in demand on the market today. Another quite effective way: find a fresh poster for the festival of actual music like Mutek, Sonar or the same Outline, which is held by the Arma 17 club team in the summer, and study the artists announced in the online up-set.

    It is better to listen to electronic music not only in recordings, but also in the fields, to attend all kinds of concerts and parties: it is one thing when the tracks sound from home speakers, it is quite another when you hear and see them in action, on the dance floor. In addition, it is also a great opportunity to catch the classics alive. For example, Derrick May will perform at the Space Moscow club this Saturday, a rare chance to hear in Moscow one of the founders of the techno genre.

    From online music publications, I recommend starting with Resident Advisor, Thump, XLR8R, Pitchfork, and Fact. From the printed ones - Mixmag, The Wire, De: Bug (for those who know German), Electronic Beats, almost all magazines offer a subscription to the electronic version, or even free PDF copies of the numbers. In addition to high-quality journalistic materials, these publications publish professional reviews of releases, a genre of art criticism that has been almost forgotten today but has not lost its usefulness. The situation is more complicated with high-quality Russian-language music media: they are almost absent, and most of the materials published in them are either a copy of news from foreign sources or translations. It makes sense to follow PromoDJ,, Far From Moscow, raise the Nightparty archives or the Ptyucha collection. Interesting and competent reviews periodically pop up on the pages of Colta, "Posters", Rolling Stone and "".

    What I would not recommend doing is to get acquainted with electronic music through various DJ ratings or catalogs of music stores and services. Of course, they have the right to exist, but they do not reflect the real picture: ratings are only the marketing successes of a team of this or that artist, and in stores and services there is a complete mess with genres, the music for which is adjusted solely for commercial reasons.

    By the way, attempts to systematize knowledge of electronic music and fit them into a brief guide have been made repeatedly. Probably the most hyped is Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music. Outwardly, it looks primitive, but it has clear navigation, a brief description of each genre and illustrative examples. Unfortunately, the project has not been updated since 2004, but as a “one day” guide, the beginner is still interesting. The good news is that its author seems to be promising to release an updated and revised version soon. On the Russian expanses, the team of the Twelve project tried to do something similar, however, as in the case of the aforementioned Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music, there was a pause in its development.

    Listen to music live

    Once you find yourself in the Philharmonic, it’s difficult to leave indifferent, because live music is what people of different nationalities understand. So for the first time, classics should be listened to in live performance.

    The best thing going to concerts with friends, then to exchange impressions and reason. Many composers conceived their works in such a way that people would like to discuss them and tell others about them.

    Choose the right products

    Musicology gurus offer different methods of selecting classical music for beginners so that the introduction is both effective and enjoyable. We invite you to learn about some of them.

    You can choose one for yourself or combine several.

    Method 1: The Great Three

    Bach, Mozart and Beethoven - This is the basis and foundation of classical music, they are clear to everyone. So it would be logical to start immersion in the classics with them.

    In general, it is worth starting to familiarize yourself with the best that was created by one or another composer. This applies to any musicians.

    • Mozart You can turn it on anytime, anywhere, and it will definitely give a feeling of cleanliness. Try to start with these works:

    • At Bach it’s worth starting with the work “Passion for Matthew” - it will be very difficult to break away from it.

    • Beethoven you should definitely listen to those who are attracted to symphonic music. But the pianist Rostislav Krimer advises to turn to the Moonlight Sonata in the last turn: according to the musician, now she is driven out and perverted, it is difficult to hear with a “clean ear”.

    Symphonies (it is better to start not with the most famous 9th, but sequentially with the 1st)

    Ludwig van Beethoven for a walk.

    Method 2: Chronological

    Opera singer David Lee suggests approaching classical music successively and always consider context.

    The scope of Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 simply baffled listeners of that time, because before it, sonatas had never been so long. And we people who have already heard Wagner need to keep this context in mind in order to be able to put yourself in the place of the audience of that time.

    Today, listeners are mainly concerned with the melody, but in the Symphony No. 3 mentioned above (it is also called “Heroic”) the essence is not at all in this: the audience of that time was delighted with exactly how Beethoven handles form. So if you learn to perceive music as its contemporaries, it will certainly amaze you.

    It is useful to answer questions before listening to the work: when and where did the composer write this work? what was happening at that time in that place? what did he want to say and express? Before the symphony concert, programs are offered that contain the necessary information. There are also high-quality documentaries that tell about the life and work of prominent composers. In the end, you can read a few lines about a piece of music on the Internet.

    The sequential method also assumes that you will listen to composers in chronological order, moving from era to era.

    By the way, this is a necessary tool for understanding any kind of art. How it works in painting, we have already told here.