How to Learn Classical Music

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As a classically-trained musician, I’m on a mission to dispel myths, unlock doors and make people fall in LOVE… not only with the music itself but with the EXCITING, LIFE-CHANGING process of learning it. The best way to begin is by listening. Start with big-name composers such as Mozart or Beethoven and then explore a variety of musical styles and eras.URL:

What is the best way to learn about classical music?

If you’re not quite ready to dive into the symphonies, try some guitar music, Bach lute suites or Elizabethan consort music from the late 16th century – all of which have enjoyable, dulcet tones and are easier on the ears than many orchestral works. Listening for ‘angles of hearing’ can help your listening experience become richer and more focused – an angle could be a musical quality or detail, an idea, an image or something else. You might even want to try different performances of the same piece as they can sometimes sound quite different – this is one of the great pleasures and means of discovery in classical music!

Many classical music pieces are full of ‘hidden treasures’. Listen to the repetition with difference, for example a delicately evocative fragment of melody that returns in several places but never exactly the same (as in Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No 14). Then there’s the sense of depth and space created by contrasting fast movements with slow ones. Or the sense of drama, action and tension that can be evoked by dynamic contrasts – for example a powerful chord played on low strings followed by an unexpectedly gentle phrase played on high strings.

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