Listen to different music

Listen to different types of music other than mainstream music that is on traditional radio.

  1. Listen to Internet radio stations. Forget the standard radio. Search all stations – international, rap, hip hop, electronic, alternative, blues, sountracks, jazz, and so on. Leave the background music while you’re on the internet, answering emails, etc.. If you hear a song you like, write the title, album and artist, if possible.
  2. Search online music stores. Type the name of the band or song that you like and listen to samples of all her albums and songs. Check also related artists (sometimes mentioned in editorial reviews and recommendations section). Find what genre of music is the song or artist that has caught your attention, and start shopping / search by genre.
  3. Ask people what music they listen interesting. You know that guy on the bus wearing a trench coat, eyeliner and fingerless gloves? Well, you may hear some interesting songs. Watch the guy with the pierced lip and bag with art supplies. The next you see him shaking his head see your iPod, ask what is listening. You may think you’re rude or weird, but probably will be happy for the opportunity to share their musical tastes with someone who really curious. Instead of asking people if they like (or not) the weather that day, ask things like:
    • What was the first CD you bought?
    • What was the last CD you bought?
    • If you had to choose one song to sum up your life, what song would it be?
    • Any song made mourn?
    • If you were to make a soundtrack of your life, what songs give?
  4. Listen to full albums. Sometimes an artist or group gets one or two singles to attract more people, but it is characteristic of his work. And usually, the jewels are buried in music albums, far from playing on the radio. So, if you are attracted to a catchy song you heard out there, do not be surprised if the CD and throw the rest of the songs are not well.
  5. Listen to the album more than once before deciding whether you like it or not. It’s best to listen to an album three times before making your final decision, especially if it is a genre that usually do not listen. For example, if you are listening to your first CD of heavy metal, will probably spend the first round with a frown and trying to adjust your ears to music. For the second round, you may start to move your feet, and maybe move a little headache. And for the third time may already be singing and listening carefully to the lyrics. Do not have to listen to the entire CD three times – just be sure to give him the benefit of the doubt before he tires.
  6. Looking for independent music. Discover local bands and where they play. Visit places that promote independent artists. If you live near a major city, where research can hear live music and see the place. Even if a group or an artist you’ve never heard, and / or a type of music that usually do not like, sometimes listening to the live music can change your opinion and your perspective.
  7. Take a class in music theory. You can appreciate the music if you understand how it works. Music has many layers, which are often difficult to recognize if you know the difference between music and noise. In other words, listen to music without understanding music theory is like saying you love cars and have no idea what’s under the hood.
  8. Learn to play an instrument. What better way to bring your music appreciation further than learning to make music yourself? Make a cover of your favorite songs. If you like a certain gender or certain songs by the excitement generated by you, the chances are that emotion is amplified if you really try to play music yourself. And who knows? You may find your inner musician and start making music on your own.
  9. Go to the library. The library is a storehouse of wealth impressive. Think about this: what is theirs is yours! A part of all books is there, libraries also have music – all kinds of music: rap, country (both the modern and the old), blues, classical, opera, world music, reggae, techno, minimal, trance, disco, etc..). What we do not have your library, other libraries can ask whatever.
  10. Identify someone in your life whose musical tastes match yours. Then, explore some of the music listening and not within the niche you’ve created. Give yourself a chance even if you out of your musical comfort zone (see the note to hear an album boasts more than once). When you listen with an open mind rather than with prejudice, you’ll be amazed what you really like. Ask your friends for recommendations they think they might like but do not normally hear.
  11. Connect the dots (or, we might say, artists!). Identifies some artists you really like, and find their collaborations. Then listen to the albums that have included compilations that artist, and listen to other artists on that album to discover who else might like. Similarly you can try to include his music soundtracks – both strategies can help you discover artists with similar musical styles that both tracks.


  • Please review sites dedicated to providing free music to download (legal form) to your computer. Search among styles, or take a chance and drop the most recent review of the site. Who knows what you might find? Some songs may scare you, while others may surprise you, but most of all you will be exposed to something new that may not have heard before.
  • Try not to judge a style of music in the moral / religious values ​​/ lifestyle with which you associate. Remember that stereotypes do not always apply, and learn to appreciate a style of music can open a window to the way of life of someone else.
  • Look for patterns in your thinking that could prevent a new genre will appreciate. Thoughts like “all sounds the same” or “they only listen to music that seems cool” usually come from ignorance. Give that genre listeners the benefit of the doubt, that there is some substance in his music, so much that some people devote their life to it.
  • Surprisingly, you can find sites like are good to expand your musical tastes. With its editorial and reviews and ratings, lists of other bands they hear those interested in a product, and a fairly large database of CDs available, can be a great tool to expand your musical horizons.
  • Subscribe to Web sites that offer music content online for free, such as and Both sites offer a protocol that connects you to other users within the site with tastes similar to yours.
  • All CDs have almost never listen. Identifies songs you do not know well and put only those in your iPod. The appreciate much more, and even if your favorite artists will be new to you.
  • Be willing to put your money in your mouth – or at least, in your ears. (Not just the songs and you go down the stay, that’s stealing – you down and listen, and then buy the ones you like, you are supporting the artists!)
  • Consider mixing exchange CDs with your friends – you might want to include in the mix your greatest musical discoveries.
  • Supports diversity and creativity by buying CDs and merchandise directly from musicians who are struggling or beginning and have offered something unique in the world.
  • Be sure to look for extreme musical forms, like death and black metal. Many songs have influences folk / classical and even symphonic.
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