Guitar Lessons Tulsa | Classical vs. Pop Music

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Why is it that some people love classical music and hate pop music? Yet some people love pop music and hey classical music. It’s very interesting to me that there’s such a discrepancy in these different types of genres and how this nub nosed musicians that have no interest in the relevancy of what children are listening to and the relevancy of what even teens and adults are listening to and trying to get them to be motivated about classical music by putting classic, yeah, call music in front of them, tied onto a string along with some cheese and you’re trying to help them to be excited about playing classical music in guitar lessons Tulsa.

It’s not going to work. And throughout the course of learning an instrument, in guitar lessons Tulsa, a lot of times a student can increase their appreciation for different genres of music, but to simply assume that a child is going to enjoy the intrinsic value of playing classical music is foolish. And so it is one thing to attempt to teach them something that will push them outside of their comfort zone, but at the same time being relevant to what your kids are listening to and what it is that kids enjoy learning about is helpful in the content that you pre present to them to help them learn so that they want to take guitar lessons Tulsa. So today the biggest thing that we’re going to be talking about is the difference between classical music and pop music and how the two are so different.

And yet strangely enough, they are still very similar in how they are listened to. So classical music, despite what you may think actually is pop music, say what? I know it’s crazy. The reason it is pop music is because all of that pop means is popular, so oftentimes students want to learn this music in guitar lessons Tulsa. So in the time that classical music was written, it was the most popular music of the time. So back in the 1,716 hundreds 18 hundreds what we call classical music is actually in the 17 hundreds so we’ve got baroque music, classical music, there’s 20th century music, there’s all of these different genres that have occurred throughout the years. But music has taken a very different turn turn over the past hundred years I would say. And because of that we get the now presented pop music that we are listening to. And the thing about it is pop music today in 2019 is very much, it’s very easy to listen to.

Typically there’s four chords that are repeated throughout the entire song. And a lot of times in pop music, the same four courts use the exact same chord progression. So not only are they using the same four chords, they are also using the exact same progression throughout the entire song. And the crazy thing about it is the reason they are able to do this without it making it sound horrible or repetitive or the song that never ends is because these chords sound very good together. The way that these chords sound in a progression, they sound great. And that’s why we haven’t gotten tired of them over the past 50 years. And as you’re listening to them, it’s very interesting. But the flip side of that is that classical music also has very similar cadences. Now, that term cadence is what we would today call a chord progression.

Specifically the very last two or three chords is what we’re going to call a cadence. Whereas a chord progression is just the for embodiment of these courts throughout a song. And if you are able to figure out those chord progressions and figure out those cadences, chances are the cadences that they used back in the 1,617 hundreds there even used today, and that is because they just sounded great. They sound awesome and people like the way that they sound and classical music does a lot more interesting and intriguing things. The ear and the way that I would describe it is going from a to B in classical music, you could go from this corner to this chord and it’s basically a game to figure out how many different ways we could get from a to B. And the way that they figure this out is by throwing in random cords and other intriguing aspects of other key signatures that they randomly throw into this song simply to get from a to B. Whereas pop music, they’re not going to work that hard.

They’re just going to go straight from a to B. There’s no complications. There you go. We’re just going to go straight for it. So if somebody is listening to classical music, it’s very mind awakening. It is causing someone to listen to the music and trying figure out, Ooh, what happened? I wonder what they did here to make it sound so good. Whereas a pop song is just trying to make it sound good and catchy so that somebody can sing along to it the very next time they hear it. It’s all about being catchy. And so there’s two completely different thoughts on how songs should be presented. That’s the biggest difference between classical music and pop music. With classical music, you don’t necessarily want everybody singing with it or singing along by the very next time that they hear it. And one of the things about classical music is that if you have somebody singing along the very next time that they hear your song, then it’s almost like you failed as a composer because that just means your song was really easy to write. It was really easy to listen to and anybody could sing to it. Whereas with pop music, you absolutely not only want somebody to sing to it the next time they hear the song, but even the next time they hear the chorus. And that’s why a lot of songs, we’ll repeat the chorus maybe even five times

because they want you to listen to it. And when you’re done listening to it, think back and say, wow, what was that song? I want to listen to that song again. It’s a very marketable way to have people remember you. Whereas with classical music, they didn’t have radios, they didn’t have ways to listen to music other than the actual instrument at the time. And so why give somebody a tune that they could remember when they could have them provide this experience? So classical music is very enjoyable as a aspiring musician because of the complications in the music causes, one to really enjoy the variety and the challenges of the song itself. However, a lot of times it’s just so out of touch that if you don’t enjoy classical music, then you’re not going to enjoy learning your instrument because you’re forced to play classical music. Whereas we have some students, in fact, we have, we have many students that the reason they are taking guitar lessons Tulsa is specifically to learn classical music. And that is awesome. And so we approach those students the exact same way that the traditional music school would teach those students.