Does playing an instrument make listening to music a better experience?

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#1
So, does having the ability to play an instrument make listening to music a better experience?

I think it does, because now when I listen to music I can sort of point out all the different instruments and understand what is going on. Understanding some theory helps, too.

Discuss.
#2
Probably, from playing an instrument you'd know what's complicated and what's simple
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Without doubt.

inb4 essays describing it --> you understand what youre hearing. That's the simplest way of putting it.
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#4
Mostly, yes. Except when I started playing guitar and learning the songs I liked at the time, I realised pretty quick that the songs were really simple and not very exciting. More of a reflection on the music I used to like though I think.

But otherwise, I think it gives you a better perspective on just how good (or bad) some musicians are.
#5
Most Definately My Musical taste has changed dramatically from Indie to Avant-Garde I can listen to other music, but It just bores me after a while, and I find avant-garde music really intriguing and different

I also now instinctively think about how the song in question is composed, how its played out etc. Basically, it enables you to analyse music in a whole new perspective, and appreciate types of music wouldn't of listen to otherwise
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#6
I don't know. I've played an instrument pretty much all of my life (that I can remember)so I have nothing to compare it to.
#7
Definitely, it really lets you appreciate your favorite musicians.
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#8
I don't know about better, but it certainly makes you appreciate originality and complexity a lot more. I know I loved music before I played guitar, but I was happier to hear what I now know to be the same chord progression over and over again.
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#9
Yeah. You understand what makes a musician talented and what's overrated. Like that autotune=cheating and Joe Satch=amazing despite having no lyrics.
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#10
While it lets you appreciate excellent musicians, it also has ruined lots of bands for me now i have realised how simple they are =/
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While it lets you appreciate excellent musicians, it also has ruined lots of bands for me now i have realised how simple they are =/


hey, ya can't knock simplicity when you look at how much money B182, Green day etcetera. have made from writing chord bashers.
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Yes and no. I can realize the potential of the music but I also turned into a major critic/elitist. It's a curse and a gift
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I've found it really exciting to be able to play what my favorite bands have played. I've listened to music for a long long while. I've really enjoyed the ability to enjoy music on this level.
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Changed a lot for me, I used to be a complete Gun N Roses fanboy and I totally hated metal back before I started to play guitar, then after about 6 months I realized how repetitive Slash's music writing skills where and how amazing metal riffs where. Now I love stuff like Paul Gilbert, Iron Maiden, Helloween, Megadeth, ect.
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Changed a lot for me, I used to be a complete Gun N Roses fanboy and I totally hated metal back before I started to play guitar, then after about 6 months I realized how repetitive Slash's music writing skills where and how amazing metal riffs where. Now I love stuff like Paul Gilbert, Iron Maiden, Helloween, Megadeth, ect.


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Yes and no, but mostly no. I'm extremely picky to what I listen to now, and it's very, very difficult for me to find new music that interests me. Not to mention I feel embarrassed to express my love of music, because most of what I listen to I can only discuss with people in these forums, because other people would go "lol, who the **** is Converge? Just another screamo band lololol". So pretty much I can't musically connect with anyone, and it makes me feel pretty alone, especially since most of my time is occupied listening to or playing music.

I'm starting to hate that I picked up my instrument now. Honestly, right now, after all of this, it feels like 2 years of wasted time that's totally changed my outlook on everything. I miss the good old days when I used to be able to sing popular songs with my friends and family, fun times.
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#18
Not necessarily, just because I have more musical knowledge doesn't enhance my joy of listening to music. My father can't play a note, but he still becomes transfixed when listening to his favourite piece of Erroll Garner. Last night, for instance, when I was listening to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, I didn't care about any intricacies or musical technicalities, I just sang along and waved my arms about in joy. Like I did before I could read music or play the piano.
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Sort of, since now I try to learn the songs I listen to, and some of them I sing along with, though sometimes terribly.
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#21
Oh, I don't thinkmany people got the point of this thread. Most of you are talking about how your music taste has changed since you took up the guitar. I think TS is asking how the very way you listen to and experience music has changed.
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#23
Since I have been playing guitar I still love metal and pop punk above all other genres.

I just listen to the music more as opposed to just the singing, and I can listen to and appreciate all the different layers put into the songs.

I didn't suddenly hate bands like Blink 182 who just play powerchords, I still love Blink and Green Day I just LISTEN to the MUSIC more not just the lyrics and the melody.

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#24
Definitely, I enjoy music on a much deeper level now. Before I began learning guitar or musical theory I just focussed on the vocals and prominent guitar parts, now I listen to the whole band...yep, even the bass.
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Yep, even neurologically it changes which side of one's brain processes music.
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#26
I would have said yes because it helps you understand the music better, where it came from and so on, and you appreciate the entire band more than just the vocalist.

But then I realized that now, it's impossible for me to listen to a lot of simple songs at a stretch because I get bored so quickly.
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Changed a lot for me, I used to be a complete Gun N Roses fanboy and I totally hated metal back before I started to play guitar, then after about 6 months I realized how repetitive Slash's music writing skills where and how amazing metal riffs where. Now I love stuff like Paul Gilbert, Iron Maiden, Helloween, Megadeth, ect.


I think this is funny since with GnR the whole band wrote the songs and in metal there are a lot of repetitive breakdowns and chugging.
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Probably, from playing an instrument you'd know what's complicated and what's simple


especially when you first try to play a song and can never get it right...

you have a new found respect for the musician, just for the ease they play the music with, and you start to appreciate how much time and effort they put into practicing (i wouldn't know Ive never been in a band)
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#29
No of course not. People can have a spiritual connection to music, whereas musicians will only listen to the music and understand it more. You may prefer that experience, but over all it doesn't change much.
#30
i think the people who are really knowledgeable, who can listen to a piece and analyze it derive a different sort of pleasure from it. i wouldn't necessarily say more though
#31
Yeah i think it does, i don't know why but i listen to music much more since i started playing guitar.
#32
It definitley changed how I listen to music... before i played guitar i would hear a song as one solid sound, but after I learnt how to play guitar I could hear every individual instrument... kinda like SD vs HD
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#33

I can't believe this needs to be asked.

I think a much more interesting question would be how does being a musician take away your musical appreciation.

...modes and scales are still useless.


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Yep, even neurologically it changes which side of one's brain processes music.


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Yeah i think it does, i don't know why but i listen to music much more since i started playing guitar.


Maybe, because you... play the guitar.
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Probably, from playing an instrument you'd know what's complicated and what's simple

That really doesn't come into it for me. I would MUCH rather listen to a simple, melodic tune than shred at 304909 bpm.
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#38
I think it does, I try and analyse what every instrument is doing, trying to figure stuff out like time signatures, keys as well as figuring out scales and modes used in solos. I also try and figure songs out by ear which is always awesome.

However I find this is bad when I am listening to most pop as it is vocal based and simple, so I've just learnt to listen to most music for what it is, if you get me?
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#39
it's helped me listen in on parts i may have missed otherwise
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#40
Yes and no. I can realize know how complex some things I listen to are, but in other things I can hear mistakes that the artists made, and I can't listen to some stuff I used to really enjoy know, the mistakes bother me.
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