Three Ways To Listen To Jazz
When it comes to your favorite song or band, you can probably voice out who and why you like a certain song so much. It's a lot different though when you are talking about Jazz.
Unlike many other genres of music, Jazz is something that is actually quite indescribable. This is because songs written in this style are not formulaic and these certainly do not always follow a certain pattern.
But in the chaos and mix of instruments that you hear in a jazz song, there is some order and the trick is to pick it out of the mess. Here are some ways you can learn to appreciate listening to jazz.
• Listen intently – Remember that in this day and age, people are so very practical and this is even truer when it comes to listening to music. People tend to look for music that's easily enjoyable, has a simple tempo, a simple beat, and even simpler lyrics. This is the kind of appreciation that people are used to these days.
But that kind of formula is not something that you will find in jazz music. Jazz is something that you should listen to intently and deeply. You have to get yourself involved in the deep and light notes. It's like riding a wave in the ocean; it's unpredictable when the next wave hits but when it does it's a feeling like no other.
• Listen for structure – This is a really simple thing to do with a typical pop song that you hear on the radio. But in jazz it's a little different. There is always some kind of musical introduction but sometimes musicians will just go straight to the middle of a song where the melody resides.
The melody of a jazz song is like when a vocalist sings his part in a song. The difference in jazz is that those notes are played by a musician with a guitar, a piano or even a saxophone.
The structure of a jazz song is actually quite simpler than you may think. For example, you may find it interesting that guitar players in jazz bands rarely strum the instrument. Instead, they pick at the strings and play a lot of seemingly random notes.
You might also notice that all the instrumentalists in a jazz band will tend to move in their own direction and improvise on the song. This means that they do things on the spot; there aren't any notes and structures that they follow but if you listen closely, the structure is there. You will rarely hear any melodies played twice in a solid jazz track.
• Follow the beat – The drummer is really one of the most important instrumentalists in a jazz band. Listening to the beat of the drum will help you understand more fully where the song is meant to take you. You can find the rhythm, the tempo, and the overall feeling of the song just by listening to the drums.
Pick out a steady beat and try following it along the song even though it seems that the song is starting to sound messy. If you can still find that same beat later on then you will find it really easy to listen to all the other instruments in a jazz track.