Imagine that you hit your hand on a wooden table. There was a sound… Is that music?
If you strike the bell, it will also sound. But this sound will be called a tone. Tone is a single musical sound.
Music is an art form that combines tones into harmonious groups of sounds.
- We sometimes call music the language of sounds.
- Sometimes a melody consists of sounds following one after another.
- Sometimes they sound together, harmoniously.
- Sometimes sounds collide with each other.
Very often such encounters are full of meaning. The melody is defined by ups and downs or even movement of sound. It is also determined by the rhythm of beats, division into parts, speed of sound, tempo. The volume and softness of sounds also matter.
According to the method of obtaining, all these sounds are mechanical or electronic, they are born purely technically. But we don’t even think about it when we enjoy music.
We cannot always put into words the state that music evokes in us.
We simply feel that music evokes such feelings as joy, sadness, fun, tenderness, love, indignation – all shades of feelings that cannot always be expressed in words.
We like music for its beauty, and not for what thoughts it embodies.
We can enjoy even a single musical sound from a voice, violin, horn, or other instrument. You can like a melody for a very long time, you can know it well, but admire it every time as if we were hearing it for the first time.
Music exists in various forms, from anthem to symphony, and in different forms, from folk melodies to operas.
Music can be loved.
For musicians, music is a way to express themselves, to find people who like it, to see their emotions.
Music is much more than just entertainment. It has been a characteristic feature of every known human society: anthropologists and sociologists have not yet found any culture in the history of mankind that did not yet have music. Many evolutionary psychologists today even argue that music preceded language. Primitive tribes and religious practices have been using music for thousands of years to reach enlightened states, and Pythagoras has used music to treat various psychological and physical ailments. Music always includes combinations of tone, timbre, rhythm, dynamics, tempo, texture, melody, and harmony that create an overall structure. By combining these elements in different ways, a huge variety of music is created. Great musicians have a passionate connection to the music they play. While the music itself is their most important and accurate expression of how they think about music, they also managed to say some exciting things to describe what music is to them.
Many people around the world cannot read or write, but they can still convey their thoughts and feelings orally perfectly. Likewise, many intuitive, self-taught musicians have never learned to read or write music and find the whole idea of learning music theory tedious and unnecessary. However, like the educational leaps that can come with learning to read and write, music theory can help musicians learn new techniques, perform unknown musical styles, and develop the confidence they need to try new things. There are many unresolved questions about old music, such as why so many different cultures came up with so many independent tonal qualities in their music that were completely independent of each other. Many theorists have come to the conclusion that some nut patterns just sound good to listeners and some other patterns don’t. Music theory can then, quite simply, be defined as the search for how and why music sounds right or wrong. In other words, the goal of music theory is to explain why something sounded the way it did, and how that sound can be recreated.