How to Listen to Instrumental Music

Did you know you could increase your enjoyment, produce intense pleasure, and develop a love, an interest for instrumental music? It is true. You only have to know how to listen.

Instrumental music has a definition: sounds organized and intellectually placed, intended to produce an emotional response from the listener.

A well know American composer and music administrator, William Schuman, says, “Listening to music is a skill that is acquired through experience and learning. Knowledge enhances enjoyment.” Listening is a skill, a craft that needs, desires, and wants to be developed. It produces knowledge. In the case of music: knowledge of music. You will receive more pleasure from music as you listen and increase your knowledge of it. By being an active listener, you will learn the craft of music composition. String Quartet

Pay attention, be an active listener. Play your favorite music instrumental. Are you listening? Are you paying attention to everything going on? Are you being sensitive, open, and honest about how the music makes you feel, think, and listen?

For you to listen to instrumental music and find enjoyment you must understand its key parts: the composer, the performer, and the listener. The composer is the great mind. The performer is the immense talent. The listener is you. The music is at your mercy, you are its critic, its executioner, its exaltation. You are why it exists. If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it exist? Of course, but to whom?

Widen your exposure to instrumental music. Do not limit yourself. Listen to the past. Listen to the present. Listen to different cultures, different genres, different tempos and beats. Set no limits.

Keep technicalities at bay. Do not get caught up in the details. It is simply not important how many vibrations a note produces. There is no value as a listener to know such technicalities. They are obstacles that keep you from active listening, from enjoying yourself. It is more important, more enjoyable, to be sensitive to the music’s tones, its vibrations. Become conscious and wide-awake. It is the only true way to listen to instrumental music.