Exploring classical music, or any type of music for that matter, doesn’t have to be as overwhelming as it may feel for most people who are trying to get into it. Indeed, there is a great deal of music available today, and picking between the many options can feel exhausting. Well, this article is here to make the process a little bit easier. As a matter of fact, these tips can be used for both jazz and classical music, as well as for any other kind available out there.
Leave Guides Alone
When looking at guides, you are very likely to find that there are a lot of pieces there, which means that going through it is going to take a lot of time. Now, that wouldn’t be a bad thing, if that time were spent listening to something you like. However, because guides are made by other people, there is no chance of them getting all of your preferences right, which may just mean that you will end up spending a great deal of time listening to pieces you simply won’t like. This is certainly not a good way to start exploring classical music.
Use What You Love as a Guide
Not using a guide may make sense, but that may have left you wondering how can you embark on this journey. Well, the answer couldn’t be more simple: begin by thinking of what you already love, and use that as a guide. Something you can do is find out the time period, the contemporaries of the composer, or the ensemble, and begin looking at other pieces that match that particular feature.
Mix It Up…Or Don’t
While it’s a good idea to start off with a little section of the classical music world, after listening to a few pieces, it’s best to branch out, and start listening to other sections of this world. This way, you may just end up discovering even more lovely pieces that you will be listening to for years and years to come. Of course, you don’t have to do it this way, since this journey is yours, and yours alone. So, if listening to say, music from the same era works best for you, then stick with that.
Don’t Rush to Buy
Purchasing an album is the ultimate show of appreciation for a certain kind of music. However, we don’t believe that what you want is to spend your money on something you won’t absolutely and 100% love. As such, a good way to make sure that this doesn’t happen is to listen to free samples of the music on the album you’re considering. The more free samples you listen to, and the more you love them, the more likely you are going to be to love the whole album.
Listen to More Pieces
Some guides tell people to listen to the same piece ten times before they decide whether they like it or not. The spirit of that advice makes complete and utter sense, since some pieces are extremely complicated. However, more often than not, you are going to figure it out almost immediately if there is more substance to a piece of music than meets the eye (or the ear). As such, it’s a much better idea to listen to 10 new pieces and then decide which one of those you want to come back to.
Read About It
After finding a piece that you like, it’s a good idea to read about it, because this will improve your experience, as well as your appreciation for it. Exploring classical music should be a rewarding experience, and by letting what you love guide your search, you are going to be in a much better place to discover more pieces that will give you goosebumps.