Who knows nothing about the actual music of music?


#1

I know loads of you people make and do music amazingly, which is great, and I can’t hold a candle to that and I’m jealous.

BUT

Music is my number one passion (apart from my kids, maybe) and has been since I was 15 (before I had kids, to be clear) but I can’t play an instrument, can’t distinguish a chord change from a key change, don’t know why Lars or Ringo are particularly bad drummers, can just about spot a change from a major to a minor key.

But I love music. Anyone in the same boat?

(I also love films but couldn’t direct one (although can see when they’re badly directed so I can wank on about it in the pub) and can criticise art albeit I haven’t painted for 20 years. And don’t get me started on architecture)

Is my love of music invalidated by my not knowing the basics of it?

No. I think.


#2

Shaft


#3

In seriousness, i agree. My technical knowledge is v lacking even though I actually make music (and generally love doing so)


#4

That’s the best of both worlds. I’m listenig to Autechre and loving it, knowing my few “proper music” mates would be screwing their faces up.


#5

oh i havent got a clue about it at all


#6

When I was at school me and all my music loving friends all learned instruments as it just seemed like a natural step. Then my best friend at uni who was really into great music (often much cooler music than a lot of my other friends) had never picked up an instrument in his life. I found it a bit strange at first but I suppose it depends on what the rest of your peer group are up to at that age. My school/town just happened to be full of guitarists and bands.

Was frustrating though cos me and him could have formed an absolutely great band.


#7

Just remembered the time we got into an incredibly heated argument though over whether a song that came on in the pub had slap bass in it or not (IT DIDN’T)


#8

I love barely competent garage bands just as much as I like fully professional sounding bands so I don’t think it really matters.


#9

What song was it?


#10

Haven’t a scooby about playing any instruments


#11

“I don’t know how music works but I love listening to it” is very much my jam as well.


#12

My question is:

Are you not intrigued to learn about the theory so you know why you’re enjoying what you’re listening to/do you not want to be able to recreate it? Or do you enjoy the mystery of it all?

No judgement, just interested to know. I learned to play instruments and studied theory because I wanted to know how to make the music myself, write music, and know why key changes etc made me feel all funny.


#13

Most definitely not


#14

Yeah I make stuff but I don’t know shit - I’ve probably picked up a bit of knowledge along the way, but mostly ignorant. Do t think you really need any knowledge of the building blocks to appreciate the final outcome tho.


#15

Sounds like a lot of work


#16

The flip of this is people who are really into making music, and gear, but not really into letting loose to the music itself. If that makes sense?

I have met plenty of talented musicians, who just aren’t really into music.

I guess that is how bad music gets made.


#17

sometimes I go through phases of just finding all music really boring. Maybe it’s part of getting old


#18

I never feel that - always something else to love out there somewhere. My tastes have definitely gotten wider and wider as I’ve got older.


#19

never have days where you would rather put on a podcast?


#20

Yes, I never felt encouraged to learn about music at school or learn an instrument. I know absolutely nothing, no understanding of any terminology or anything. Barely even know what a chorus is I’m that thick.

To be honest I’d rather not know, as that would be like ruining the whole magic of it.