Not a day passes without music and that’s a fact.
Soul food for humans and animals alike, music can uplift a beat and down the spirit, motivate you to be the next greatest you. Music is memories: happy and painful; it can clear your head; it expresses what you couldn’t find words for…. Different music genres offer different ways of communicating your emotions.
It’s interesting how an arrangement of beats, bars, and melody combined with the right words can bring wonderful happenings and changes. Irrespective of the time and place or place you are at, music hits home, it speaks to your soul.
In ancient times, when there wasn’t much understanding about music, it is believed that one of the first forms of music might’ve been produced by beating drums – believed to have been used for prayers and ritualistic activities.
Well, the modern music scene has come far from using only drums. Music developed in different forms around the world: classical music is a Greecian invention and they are noted for their immense contribution to music theory.
The Europeans built Schola Cantorum, the first music school in Europe.
The Chinese are reported to have been doing orchestras since 612 CE for powerful dynasties…
The list goes on.
Sounds from drums seemed limited, so the people got creative and made woodwind instruments to go along with the drums, and soon came the concept of lyrics.
All these experiments lead to the development of different types of music today known as a music genre.
The Internet has made the world a global village, any type of music we like is one touch away.
In the following lines, we explore the different music genres of the songs you listen to:
Music that was derived from the traditions of their respective cultures. Classical music from different regions is ingeniously different since different communities made use of interestingly different instruments. The instruments typically used in Indian classical music are – sitar, sarod, surbahar, veena, bansuri, shehnai, sarangi, violin, santoor, pakhavaj, and tabla.
This genre of pop music has its roots in American folk music and blues. The instruments typically used are guitar, banjo, piano, bass, drums, fiddles, etc. Country music in the United States is described as the King, as it has been a favorite among American adults for several years in a row. The worldwide pop star, Taylor Swift started out as a country singer and expanded her music to the pop genre.
Though EDM music gained popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the very first true original EDM was recorded and released in 1969 by Gershon Kingsley called ‘Popcorn’. Kicking high ever since the 90s, now also known as dance music is largely made for clubs, raves, and festivals.
It developed in the United States by inner-city African-Americans and Latin-Americans to give their daily hardships and struggles a voice. Most of the early composition included the use of vocals and beats only. With its catchy and relatable lyrics, hip-hop soon found a place into the hearts of people. It became a medium of expression for people who always felt they have something to say.
A simple music composition, production, or recording without any lyrics or vocals is what you call instrumental music. Popular amongst students as study music – students listen to the instrumental versions of their fav songs calling them instrumental bangers.
Also originating in the United States in the African-American community, it has its roots in blues. Jazz parents many sub-genres. A personal favorite being soul-jazz; it makes the most satisfying music after a long day.
Popularly and sometimes comically identified with a woman trying to break a glass with her pitched voice, this genre of noble music is theatre music. It’s a combination of text (speech), melody, and emotions of the character in the play. The most popular opera song is Puccini by Nessun Dorma.
The most ‘in’ genre of music, pop is short for popular music. Pop music is released and it charts every day. Pop music is easy to pick up, has catchy rhythm and melody, and worth bumping beats. Pop music is extremely diverse – meaning there is music for every mood. If you’re sad, listen to pop, angry – pop, happy – pop, exited – pop, motivated – pop, in love – obviously, pop.
A personal favorite, this genre of popular music also originated in the African-American communities (talk about creative) in the 40s. R&B is the abbreviation for rhythm and blues. This genre is closely related to hip hop and pop music. Depending on the tempo of the beats and lyrics, this music genre can be motivating, relaxing, satisfying, or sexy or maybe all at once.
The longest-charting song in the history of music is – Old Town Road by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.
Originating in the US as rock and roll in the 1950s, this genre typically uses electric guitars, bass guitars, and drums. Some of the biggest acts in the history of music like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Elvis Presley, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan are the pioneers of this genre.
The child of rock music, metal is passionate, powerful, and strong sounding. When it first started out in the UK in the 40s it was met with terrible reception and people criticized, some of the very first acts like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and their likes for “ruining the music scene”. Well, the scene is polar from then. Now, many (exceptions are everywhere) love this category for its aggressiveness and performances.
Artists from various genres perform at their concerts and festivals to give their listeners a firsthand experience of their music. Fans look forward to such events for the music, of course, their fav artists and memories.
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