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#1
Ever since you started playing an instrument (or instuments) do you find the way you listen to music has changed?

I'm asking this after talking to a few people I know that play instuments, and we all agree that now that we know how to play an instrument we'd never be able to listen to music the same way.

I'm not gonna lie, I kind of miss listening to music without understanding what was going on whatsoever.
#2
I used to mostly listen to guitar, but now I try and take it all on equally. I've also started listening to the production a lot more.
#3
Yeah it is different. You can hear the instruments better I think.
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#4
Maybe it makes you pay attention to things like playing skillz.

A lot of musicians do have a different perspective on music, but I can't really think of the exact way in which it is different. Maybe it's something people are born with, which inspires them to pick up an instrument, rather than something which develops from playing?

I don't remember how I listened to music before I played guitar, but I still listen to all the same stuff I did back then, so I don't know if my appreciation of music has changed.
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i hear each single instrument and just always starting tabbing the songs in my head
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Ohh of course. I listen to the drums, guitars, bass, vocals. But I also listen to the little backround things the put it. And I also try to improvise in my head a new solo over that chord progression and so on.
#8
Yeah totally. I can't listen to U2 without laughing anymore.

I also have found an appreciation for loads more bands than I would have, because if they have a good guitarist I tend to listen to them even if I'm not too keen on the songs, and end up liking them. Still don't like U2 that much though. Sorry Edge, it's just you...suck. Just a little.
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I tend to think that the reason i DESPISE certain bands, not because they're bad, but because they are ametuers at music
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yep, i tend to hear the drums and the bass more. i just wish i could turn that part of my mind off.
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i hear each single instrument and just always starting tabbing the songs in my head


Same, that's annoying.

Also I don't listen to lyrics anymore and if I'm listening to a song I know how to play, and there's an instrument near me, I pick it up and start playing.

I listen to alot of electro and ambient music now, so it helps me listen more to the music as a whole instead of just the guitars.
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#12
Yea, I got into really technical and shred music because of guitar playing, but I still enjoy nice simple songs aswell.
I think you do appreciate more the instrument part of a song and not just the singing.
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Yeah totally. I can't listen to U2 without laughing anymore.

I also have found an appreciation for loads more bands than I would have, because if they have a good guitarist I tend to listen to them even if I'm not too keen on the songs, and end up liking them. Still don't like U2 that much though. Sorry Edge, it's just you...suck. Just a little.

The Edge doesn't suck... infact, I'm sure he's a lot better than you.
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#14
I've finished an A Level course in Music Technology. I can now hear looped section. I understand ever little detail to it. I hear all the mistakes.

It ruins some songs for me. But then again, it makes me appreciate it more.
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On topic i just used to listen to the vocals mostly when i started playing guitar i listen to the whole band and the vocals as a "different track" in my mind.
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I think you do appreciate more the instrument part of a song and not just the singing.


yeah, that's at least true for me.
I tend to listen to the chord progression and intervals to a song
#17
ya, i agree. I think musicians do listen to music differently. like, it seems like everytime i listen to a song, my mind keys in on 1 specific instrument and trys to decipher what that person is doing. So, i have to listen to the song at least four or five times to get the full effect of what i am listening to, which i enjoy very much
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#18
yeah, ever since Ive been able to play guitar, I listen to the drums more...

and ever since my best friend started to play bass, I sometimes end uptrying to pay attention to the bass to see if i can hear it
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#19
i can't really listen to solos anymore, i almost always start improvising my own solo over the one being played, i do that at live concerts too
#20
yes, and playing guitar got me properly into guitar based music.. and know I listen more so to a guitar line than lyrics.. and it's been that way since I started to play 4 years ago..
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#21
Playing bass, I can pick out bass lines much easier now, and find myself tabing it in my head.

I also hear chord progressions on guitar and think "What kind of bass line could I put on that.."
#22
Before starting guitar I mainly concentrated on the lyrics of songs when listening to them. Now I listen to the guitarwork.
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Ever since you started playing an instrument (or instuments) do you find the way you listen to music has changed?

I'm asking this after talking to a few people I know that play instuments, and we all agree that now that we know how to play an instrument we'd never be able to listen to music the same way.

I'm not gonna lie, I kind of miss listening to music without understanding what was going on whatsoever.


I agreed with everything you said until the last sentence, I actually enjoy music more now that I know what's going on

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I've finished an A Level course in Music Technology. I can now hear looped section. I understand ever little detail to it. I hear all the mistakes.

It ruins some songs for me. But then again, it makes me appreciate it more.

Oh damn. I wanna be a recording engineer when I'm older. I just realized that my career might ruin music for me. :/
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Of course. I can now recognize things as being unique, or sophisticated, musically that is. Also I can now bash bands actually knowing what I'm talking about.
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I agreed with everything you said until the last sentence, I actually enjoy music more now that I know what's going on

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Oh, I enjoy it more too, music has taken a much bigger place in my life and all, but I said I missed it just because I'd like to remember what it was like. I'd like to go back to that for like a day or something, not forever haha.
#27
I agree. I kinda hate learning songs because it kinda ruins that special thing about that song. Then every time I listen to the song after, all I can hear is the guitar and all that I can think about is "This is a easy riff. I can't believe I thought this was creative."

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Yeah totally. I can't listen to U2 without laughing anymore.

I also have found an appreciation for loads more bands than I would have, because if they have a good guitarist I tend to listen to them even if I'm not too keen on the songs, and end up liking them. Still don't like U2 that much though. Sorry Edge, it's just you...suck. Just a little.



Am I the only one here who doesn't like looking at[listening to] songs analytically?
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#29
i don't here the words anymore just the instruments,
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Oh, I enjoy it more too, music has taken a much bigger place in my life and all, but I said I missed it just because I'd like to remember what it was like. I'd like to go back to that for like a day or something, not forever haha.


Yeah I guess it would be kinda nice to go back if it was only for a day
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Oh damn. I wanna be a recording engineer when I'm older. I just realized that my career might ruin music for me. :/

So do I

I'm taking a B-Tech next year in Music Technology then moving to Uni to do a MT course there.

It's made me appreciate music a lot more though. To me music is an amazing creation. Listening to all the pieces of music that have pieced together perfectly is quite surreal.

Though it turns you into an audiophile.
#32
I just imagine myself playing them

But whats even worse, is when you first play guitar hero without having played guitar. Then all you see is scrolling rainbows
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Am I the only one here who doesn't like looking at[listening to] songs analytically?

Nope. I don't either.

I just sort of take it in and enjoy it. Over-analysis reminds me of reading poems in English class. FUCK THAT SHIT.
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But whats even worse, is when you first play guitar hero without having played guitar. Then all you see is scrolling rainbows

Well, what else are you supposed to see?
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Nope. I don't either.

I just sort of take it in and enjoy it. Over-analysis reminds me of reading poems in English class. FUCK THAT SHIT.

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#35
Before starting guitar I didn't like music. I just used to listen to a couple of crap songs every now and then.

Now that I play I carefully hear all instrument, I know if a guitar part is easy or hard, I like better music, etc.
#36
It's not playing an instrument that changed the way I listen to music, it's the music I listened to after the things I used to listen to. A lot of tones I thought were nice now sound weak on a lot of pop things I'd listen to, it's weird.

Like I used to listen to Slipknot way back, and then I got into Death/Brutal death and heard an old Slipknot song. I used to think the vocals were so extreme. Not so much anymore.
#38
i definetly agree with TS.
i cant hear it the same anymore now that i know whats going on =[ and i hate it.
#39
Oh definitely. Now that I've picked up guitar, the vocals/lyrics come as a total afterthought. I focus on what the instruments are doing. The way I listen to music as vastly changed since I started playing.
#40
I'm going to put it this way:
Before I started playing guitar, I loved Green Day.
Now... not so much. I mean, they're all right for what they do, they're just not that good instrumentally.
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