Does our environmental awareness affect our aptitude in music?

Does our environmental awareness affect our aptitude in music?

Music is all around us. If we can take time to just listen to what is going on around us we will realize that we always have music with us. There is the beautiful bird songs in the morning, the buzz of the passing bee, the sound of the passing plane, the sound of the traffic, the staccato of walking feet, the spatter of falling raindrops, the cry of the baby, or the silent hum of your laptop. All these are sounds that combine to produce everyday music.

Music is a combination of sounds. Many times this is sound that is beautiful or harmonious to the year. But not everybody is a like. Even in the mainstream music, we do not all like the same kinds of music. This is the same to the basic sounds that make up music. For example, there are those who just love the sound of the flute, some are drawn to the sound of the drum, some will listen out for the sound of the trumpets, banjo, oboe, or any other musical instruments. Whatever one is drawn to that is there choice.

What makes people get drawn to specific types of music? Why is it that some kinds of music are known to come from certain areas of the world? For example, reggae is from the Indies, bhangra is from India, the Asians also have a distinct type of music, Africans, etc.

Is it possible to have music or sounds that will be appealing to some people but others may find it offending? For example, let us look at the music of traditional African tribes. For starters, the African tribes use very basic sounds to make their music, e.g. the clang of metal against metal, sound of drums, whistles, simple wind instruments, and the human voice. However, different tribes will produce distinctly different types of music. One can clearly tell from which tribe each music is from by just hearing a short piece of the music.

Can we say then that the environment is influential in determining what kind of music would be preferred in a particular area? Or is the preference according to genealogy, trends, customs, traditions, cultures?

This argument could perhaps be further brought into the issue of individuals’ ability to play some instruments while not being able to play others.

As a child, I tried my hand at many musical instruments but I found it hard to learn how to play any. On the other hand, many people take very little time to learn how to play some instruments. It is also puzzling that being good at playing one instrument does not necessarily mean you will be good at playing the other. Therefore, does it mean that there is still an instrument out there that I can be very good at or does it mean I am hopeless in musical instruments?

There are people who are gifted in playing several musical instruments. Does it mean that they are more in touch with their surroundings?

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