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10 Ways to Become More Cultured in Music

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1. Check out the local music scene! Cities often have an underground music scene that most people aren?t even aware of. That?s how a lot of great bands actually got their start. Check Facebook, local websites or coffee houses for concerts by local bands. Typically they are free or very cheap and definitely worth your time.
2. Ask someone interesting what they listen to. We all have those friends who listen to different music (not top 40) and march to the beat of their own drum. Ask them what kinds of music they listen to or if they would recommend a couple bands to you.
3. Listen to the whole CD. If you love a song on the radio, go out and buy the whole CD. Listen to it in its entirety and see what you think. Often times the songs that are played on the radio are uncharacteristic of the artist and the best songs are the ones that aren?t mainstream.
4. Listen to bands that others credit as their inspiration. Artists always credit other artists as their inspiration, and sometimes their inspiration is a lesser-known artist.
5. Take a music theory class. This is a great way to really appreciate different types of music. If you?re written off whole genres of music simply because you don?t understand it, a music theory class can help you understand and appreciate different music.
6. Listen to Internet radio stations. With Internet radio stations, like Pandora, you can type in the name of an artist or a song that you really like and the station will play other songs and artists similar.
7. Similarly, rate songs on Internet radio stations that you listen to. The station will then get a feel for your taste and start playing more songs that you might like. This is a great way to discover new bands and music.
8. Take music lessons. Taking music lessons will allow you to really listen to different instruments in a song and appreciate the complexity of songs. Your music instructor may be able to recommend some great bands as well.
9. Keep an eye on local venues. Smaller venues in larger cities will often have concerts by local artists as well as concerts by well-known artists. Look at fliers and the website for the venue and see who?s playing. Then look up the songs online and see what you think.
10. Go to concerts! If your favorite band is coming to town, buy a ticket, but make sure you?re on time to hear the opening bands. If you like the headliner, odds are you?ll like the opener too, which can lead to a whole new world of music.

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