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What element of music do you enjoy the most?


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Some examples could include the trumpet of jazz, the four on the floor beat of EDM, or the odd meters of Eastern European music.

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This is an excellent question @Charjad1 . I will have to think more about it. What elements do you enjoy?
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I would say the several combinations of meter from all around the world would be mine. From the 7/8 time of Bulgaria to the free time of Indonesian gamelan, there is a lot of variance in meter in the world's cultures.
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Hi @Charjad1 Thank you for starting this interesting topic.
It is a hard question to answer because the various elements of music work together to create the whole sound, however I think, if I can only pick one, it is probably the highly syncopated African derived rhythms of jazz, ragtime, blues and the Latin American dances such as the tango and milonga, the bossa nova, the samba and so forth.
I find them a challenge to play, and fun to listen to (and to dance, if I am feeling adventurous). They all add a great deal of musical interest to the pieces containing them. Each type is unique and different, but they all push the music forward in their own way.
And if I have to pick one specific style that i like over the others, I think it would be the samba from Brazil, followed closely by the tango and milonga rhythms of Argentina as runners up. They just simply move the music in a very interesting way.
What is your most enjoyed element and why?
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Ah, I think we were both typing at the same time, with similar thoughts as well.
So true @Charjad1. I enjoy varying rhythms. As a conductor it is challenging to conduct and as a musician in the western culture, so challenging to play. You have to feel it . We seem to have been brought up in 4/ 4 time here.😀
I am fascinated by rhythms. I think different cultures have different rhythms incorporated into their daily lives. Cities are so much more rhythmic here in the US, than rural areas. You can feel such a distinct beat when you walk down a street in NYC. But in the rural areas, it just feels different, less rhythmic, perhaps more lyrical? Do you feel the rhythms of places?
Oh how funny, @Halla ! A Samba speaks to me, it feels so alive!

There used to be a question kids would often ponder which was “what is more important to you, melody or rhythm? If you could only compose using one which would it be?”
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If I could only hear a rhythm on one note or a melody with no rhythm I am afraid I would take the one tone rhythm. I think Antonio Carlos Jobim might agree with me, after all he wrote One Note Samba (okay, okay, he did use more than one note in it, but it still carries the message that you can do a lot with rhythm alone).
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Hi @Blandine is there a style of music that you prefer over all others?
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@Halla tbh I don't even know the styles of music you are talking about, it it's all about afro, jazz, rock,...
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@Halla tbh I don't even know the styles of music you are talking about, it it's all about afro, jazz, rock,...
What kind of music do you like to listen to when you listen to music? Where is it from? What makes you like it? We would like to learn from you about the music available in your part of the world. And we will be happy to explain what ours is about, if you would like to know. 🙂

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