Music : what it is and how to enjoy it

Posted by LauraDerb on October 17th, 2019

SOMEONE once said: "Music and noise are like two different boys ... one very delightful, the other scary!" Although as different as Abel and Cain, and opposites like day and night, music and music. Noise originates from the same physical phenomenon: "the sound." While we associate the noise with the harsh and disturbing (sometimes frightening) sounds, the music can be soothing and soothing (sometimes delightful). Have you not noticed that music can awaken in our inner jurisdiction edifying emotions of joy and animation, just as an updraft can soar a bird on its flight? However, on other occasions music can produce in us a feeling of melancholy, even sadness and tears.

What is music?

Music has been called an “international language.” Why? Because people who do not speak the same language can communicate through the enjoyment of the same music. In addition, music has a worldwide appeal because it is related to almost every aspect of human life. We have love songs, bridal songs, lullabies, songs of “lovers.” We have popular and classical music, oriental and western music, folk music and “rock.” There is refined music, sometimes with a “Latin rhythm. ”There is also the very beautiful and captivating waltz. And, have you not lightly tapped or clapped your hands to the beat of a lively polka or an exciting march? It is very likely that he did. Yes, A beautiful song that uses a few musical chords delights our ears in much the same way as an excellent combination of colors delights our eyes. Even commercial advertisers have tried to take advantage of music by putting music to their ads!

Somehow, due to our human character, melodious and harmonious sounds can cause us a profound emotional impact. Especially so when they are coordinated with the correct measure, and perhaps accompanied by the appropriate words or lyrics. Music is "organized sound." Among the ingredients that are used to organize the sound of music are things like the musical staff with five parallel lines and their respective "identification cards" or "key" signs. There are also " sustained “and the “flats ”that alter the character and tone of the Notes without changing their names. Different aspects of the notes indicate different time or duration of the sounds they represent. If they are placed higher or lower on the lines of the staff, they mean sounds with higher or lower pitches. That is the written music. And the sound of music is what results when someone plays the arrangement that the composer has made of these ingredients. Therefore music is an art form that exists in the regions of sound and time.

When the sound comes to our ears, something is vibrating ... the string of a violin, the skin of a drum, the tongue of a flute. What happens is that the air has been set in motion. Like the surface of a serene lagoon that is agitated when a stone falls, the curls and air waves move away from the fountain in a circle until they press our eardrums ... and we hear the sound! Without air there would be no sound. We can thank God for our wonderful ability to hear and for all the creation related to our surroundings that makes such communication possible.

The many different musical instruments, the first of which was undoubtedly the human voice, produce tones of varying height. When the tones are arranged for a voice in a pattern that stands out and is recognizable, the result is "melody." Since the voice flows like a stream, it could be said that the melody is "linear or horizontal music." If simultaneously sounds of different height are heard, as in a chord, "harmony" has occurred and we could think of harmony as "vertical music."

In music, harmony is mainly of two types: "consonance" and "dissonance." Yes, it is! "Dissonance" is essential in music. Why? Because without dissonance there would be little or no sense of motion or movement in music. For example, when a piece of music comes to an end, it gives us the feeling of "closing," or rest. The end has been achieved, and this gives us the feeling of satisfaction.


When “vertical music” or harmony flows according to the fixed rules of musical progression, a very appropriate accompaniment can be provided to a well-known melody, or piece of “horizontal music.” Paying special attention to harmony patterns, you can devise a "countermelt." We can increase our understanding and enjoy Hiphop music when we try to listen to these patterns of support melodies as they move together with the main melody or in the opposite direction. For example, while the orchestra's violins play an easy-to-recognize melody, listen and try to hear the support melody that the horn or oboe is playing. It will be exciting to hear a passage in which the flutes repeat a pattern that has already been played!

In this way, we are helped to recognize with appreciation the "flow," or forward movement, of music. Repeated patterns serve as "miliary stones or milestones," so to speak; We become aware of them, await their return, and enjoy the satisfaction of their execution. Like biblical prophecies, they move us as we learn about them; We look forward to your execution, and oh, what satisfaction we get when we receive your blessings!

The gift of hearing

Without the wonderful auditory system that God has given us there would be no music, or, at least, we could not enjoy it. To understand what music is and enjoy it, it has to sound within our auditory reach. Although this varies from one individual to another, it is generally accepted that our hearing limits are between 16 vibrations, or "cycles," per second and 20,000 cycles per second (which is abbreviated as "CPS"). A more recent term that is being used today in electronics for "cycles per second" is "hertz" (Hz). The notes produced by all the musical instruments are well within these limits. For example, the violin limit is only 180 Hz to 2,500 Hz. The guitar reaches a slightly more serious record: from 80 CPS to 1,200 CPS. Which instrument has the sharpest record? As well,

Harmonics provide sound qualities

Most people agree that music "live," "in person," is the most enjoyable. Have you wondered why? Well, who has seen a painting or photograph that can match the original scene? Something is always missing in the copy. Although the photograph reproduces all the colors and details of the original, it lacks depth. Much like, there's something about live music that has fullness, a richness a depth difficult to match. What is this about?

The light we see and the sound we hear are vibrations. In sound, not only is there a main or fundamental vibration, but there are also partial or secondary vibrations to the "fundamental," as it is called. And these partial vibrations, or "harmonics," that give the original richness, fullness and depth, are very difficult to reproduce in the copy. It is interesting that it is the intensification, or inhibition, of these harmonics in the original that makes us understand that the music we are listening to is string music, or flute music, or, it can be the identical note played on a bagpipe! This quality of sound can be identified by the combination of harmonics, called "bell," which normally produces a metallic wind instrument, for example, compared to that produced by a string instrument,

What to do to enjoy music

Few people have the talent or the means to enjoy live music, but millions of people continue to entertain themselves through good fidelity reproduction. On the radio there are AM and FM stations. FM stations are generally preferred due to almost noise-free reception and their greater frequency range in music streaming. Currently, stereo FM stations are very popular in many countries, not only because many of them exercise moderation in their programs, but also because they can reproduce the harmonics we have been considering. In addition, high fidelity discs and tapes are available. The ideal of recording companies is to play live music in a true fidelity recording with all the harmonics of the original performance and,

This may not be as important for the person absently listening to music while working or doing other things. A small transistor radio could be entirely adequate. Nor can criticize him, because musical tastes vary greatly. However, this would in no way satisfy another person. Although it produces music, it doesn't seem real to her. Among the reasons may be high distortion and limited frequency. The lack of purity in the musical sound, along with the noise and distortion, could cause you to turn off the radio instead of continuing to listen.

For music reproduction is excellent is important that there is little distortion. In the case of the discs, the distortion can come in a phonocaptora tablet or needle of poor quality. Some tapes have greater distortion and hiss than others. The amplifier and speakers also have much to do with the high quality sound. If figures are available, it would be good to check the level of distortion and frequency range. Some models may show a distortion level as high as 1.5 percent or more, while a higher quality product may read 0.04 percent or less. The frequency range figures are important, but they can also be misleading.

After much research on preference tests, one authority said: "Ninety percent of all listeners are completely satisfied with a bandwidth of 60 to 8,000 CPS." So it seems that most people They are not as demanding as some advertisers would like to make us believe. Of course, this in no way applies to all people. Some have a keen sense of hearing, and the distortion and lack of a full scale of sounds affect their enjoyment of music. What class do you belong to? After all, his ear is the best judge. From what you can afford choose the sound you like best.

Keep a balanced view

Music, like other pleasures, has its limitations. After a hard day at work it can be very soothing to hear some music before going to sleep. For some it is a stimulus when they suffer from mild depression. However, we should not consider it as the answer to everything. If one has a problem that requires action, listening to music will not solve it. It is also good to remember that most people need silence to think and meditate seriously. However, it seems that some people have become fond of music to such an extent that they think they need to play it constantly. And a common complaint from neighbors is that some play the music at a loud volume. It would seem that some fans don't think that not everyone shares their enthusiasm and taste. If a person lives in a narrow place with others who might be disturbed, they may be able to solve their enjoyment of music through a headset or headset. If it is not carefully controlled, music can also be time consuming and thus create more problems than it solves.

To illustrate this, let's take a brief look at some of the famous people who made music their main interest in life, sometimes neglecting other things that should have received more of their attention. Ludwig van Beethoven is considered one of the greatest composers of all time, however it is said that his personal life was very disorganized. Another composer, Franz Schubert, who is said to have composed one of the most beautiful symphonies of all time, once described himself as a very unhappy man.

The artists of the past were not the only ones who had these emotional depressions. The late Hank Williams, one of the most popular folk singers of the American West of his time, used to sing a religious song entitled "I Saw the Light." But what he saw light? It is reported that on one occasion, after singing this song, he fell apart in tears and in between sobs he said that he had not seen the light. His life ended tragically due to an excessive dose of drugs, which he took while heading to fulfill a singing contract.

Yes, these people lived for music; It was their whole life. We could well say that for them music was like a few small pieces of sunlight in a stormy and hurricane sea! Any passing joy they had obtained from music was soon marred by the darkness of their personal problems. For people looking for a balanced and happy life, such musicians are warning examples.

Although most of us are listeners, and not performers, the previous lesson is the same for both. Spending too much time playing or listening to music is not good. Yes, the music is very beautiful! But it is only ONE of the wonderful gifts that God has given humanity. There are also other gifts ... our families, our friends, our work, our Christian service. All these require our attention. If we can prudently keep music in its place — ready to use it when needed and desired, without dislodging other responsibilities — we can continue to understand what music is and enjoy it healthily throughout all our years.

Like it? Share it!


About the Author

Joined: October 25th, 2017
Articles Posted: 2,005

More by this author