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What's Your Beat?


A music genre is a category of music. Categorising music makes it easier for individuals to find artists and pieces they enjoy. The following genres are popular with many music lovers.

Classical

In the Western context, classical music is a written tradition of notation performed faithfully to the score in the baroque, romantic and post-modern eras.

Jazz

Jazz is a musical form that grew out of a cross-fertilisation of folk blues, ragtime, and (big) band music. Improvisation is key, and dominant rhythmic pulses tend to fall on the 2-4 and not the more common 1-3 beats found in pop music. Bossa nova and funk-fusion tunes are some of the styles that have evolved in jazz. Traditional die-hards can of course listen to Cole Porter. Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole. Contemporary pop-jazz fans can turn to artistes like Lisa Ekdahl and Lisa Ono.

Rhythm And Blues (R&B), Hip Hop And Rap

These styles have roots in African-American street music. The latter two sub-genres emerged from an interest in hip hop and rap culture, made popular by idols such as Eminem, 50 Cent and Black Eyed Peas. Teens, in general, dig this genre for its uber-cool dance style and alternative-pop culture.

Hear The Beat Of The Music

Forget the eyes being the window to the soul-it seems you may have better luck sifting through a person's CD collection. So say researchers at the University of Texas who questioned 3500 people and confirmed musical tastes and personality traits arc linked. People who prefer blues, jazz, classical and folk music seem to be intelligent, tolerant and politically liberal, the researchers reported in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Meanwhile, country and religious fans tend to be cheerful and conventional, while heavy metal lovers lean towards being physically active, curious risktakers. As for rap/hip-hop and dance music fans, they are outgoing, agreeable people who generally eschew conservative ideals.

 

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