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How to Develop Your Music Taste

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With the recent release of Katy Perry’s concert movie “Part of Me”, it seems like that concert movies in general are becoming the next big thing with young musicians. However, it has also become the target of constant bashing among many people.

While this isn’t anything new, it seems like the bashing has increased since last year. Even though people have the right to say what they want, it seems unnecessary at times. Many people don’t seem to be aware of the good music that is still around. Therefore, I’ve decided to share some tips on how to find that music.

1. Listen to Internet Radio

If you really can’t stand today’s trend music on the mainstream radio, go online. Sites like Pandora and Lastfm allow you to find new music by musician and genre. It is also important that you pick the right internet radio site to use. If you want to sample music that most people already know (e.g. The Beatles), you can still discover new music because the station will play music that is similar to that musician. However, if you want music that is unknown to the general public, then lastfm is the way to go.

2.  Use YouTube

YouTube is somewhat better than internet radio because it tends to be quicker and more accurate with selecting music similar to what you already listened to. In addition, you get music videos and concert performances that are uploaded by millions of users every day. Not to mention, you can discover new music from independent musicians who upload their material.

3.  Listen to more than just the released songs

Four years ago, I used to think that the band Coldplay sucked. I saw their music videos and heard their music on the radio so many times, I almost hated them. A few years later, I was watching “100 Greatest Songs of the 00s” on VH1 and my ears perked up when I heard the song “Clocks”. Not long after that, I looked up all of Coldplay’s albums. While I didn’t like everything, I did like enough to become a fan.

When it comes to listening to music from musicians, some people tend to judge them based on the songs they hear on the radio or the songs with a music video. However, the fact is that in order to properly enjoy music, you need to listen to the songs that aren’t released as a single as well. Try picking songs at random from an album and go from there.

4.  Keep your ears and mind open

A couple of years ago, I had a psychology class where I had to do a very long survey paper on anything I wanted. I chose music. Before the actual paper came the background information on music. As I researched the history of music, I became fascinated and ended up looking up various blues, jazz, funk, and classic rock songs. Surprisingly, I ended up liking a moderate amount of the first three genres and a lot of the last genre.

Sometimes new music comes from unexpected places. It can come from someone’s online page, a movie, or even work or school.  It is up to you to notice when you are curious about this music and act on it.

5. Do not let anybody discourage you or pressure you

I personally know what it feels like to have people think your music taste is lame. In the past, I’ve also felt like I had to conform to other people’s tastes because it is what –insert person type here– do. If someone is making you feel bad about your taste, ignore them. In fact, just consider them brainless robots and yourself an awesome human being.

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Written by Serena Zola

July 9, 2012 at 8:24 PM

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