Music has the ability to move you while standing in place. A single melody or note can take you back to very personal memory, give you the extra energy to finish your exercise routine, or can spark your reflections on something specific.
Maybe it simply reminded you of a certain time period, place, or people. Maybe it helped motivate you during a workout, or got pumped while driving with friends, or having fun at a party! Or maybe it stirred deep emotions like love, nostalgia, or reflection on life. This particular element attracts people to music. Musicians become attracted to it on a deeper level.
Most likely, these effects resonate even stronger and deeper with you than most people. Music’s power to convey emotion motivates you to pursue a musical journey, so that you may also be able to stir these emotions into people.
If you’re anything like I was when starting off, then understanding and creating music seemed like a daunting, if not impossible, task. It seemed like magic, the development of sounds, chords, melodies, and more that great composers and songwriters have made. I’d rack my brain on how it was possible that they even thought of it. What were they doing? I mean they must be absolute geniuses – I thought!
From the technical aspects to the human psyche. Music is a vast topic with limitless possibilities.
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What if I told you that it’s actually all much simpler than you think and that you could not only have an understanding of what these composers were doing but learn to also create that kind of music yourself?
You could improvise, arrange, compose, write, and produce (all skills necessary for most musicians these days) with ease. And like the flip of a switch, play in any musical style.
Music is an art based on emotion. Even if you can’t explain it in a scientific or mathematical way, you’ll almost always understand it in an emotional way.
Think of silence as our canvas and different emotions as our palette of colors.
As we learn music and the different ideas and patterns of music from different composers and cultures all over the world, we decipher the emotion that a specific technique creates. We add that to our large arsenal of colors and can bring out any emotion we feel fit to our musical painting.
I personally believe it is the fact that even though all music and tastes are different, all people have a response to different kinds of music.
We all pick up different patterns in music, either consciously or subconsciously. Whether it’s melody, harmony, scales, or music intervals; once music connects with us, we all start tapping our foot or shaking our head to the rhythm.
When we embark on the journey to start creating music, the ability to create musical pieces that actually evoke emotion seems like magic, just like advanced science to those unfamiliar with it. But in the same way, reaching this level of music knowledge and abilities is quite accessible.
We’re all generally tuned to the specific sounds and patterns that these scales and chords form, even if we’re not consciously aware of it. Most music also has a rhythmic aspect too and depending on the different types of music and regions there may be more focus on rhythm. Many times it has a structure (form) and a melodic and possibly lyrical feature to express a certain feeling.
Of course, this isn’t to say all music is the same.
In a sense, all music speaks the same language and communicates the same messages. It’s like how two people can speak the same language but are from two different parts of the world. Think of U.S. English and British English. Different dialects with some major differences, but they’ll usually understand much of what each other are saying and be able to communicate.
The idea is the same with music.
First, understand the fundamental language of music, and then study all the beautiful differences of dialects between different styles of music.
Then you’ll be able to speak any one of them you wish.
Learning how musical patterns work opens up our understanding of how music is structured. With this mindset and approach to learning music we can easily understand, create, and fuse any musical style we decide.
There’s no magic pill when it comes to learning music, it takes time and hard work. On top of that, musical styles can run deep in nuance, culture, taste, thought, and complexity. Some people also may be quicker than others in the process. But with the right approach, it can be done by anyone!