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    Adjective and phrases to describe music

    I am looking for adjective which describe different kinds of music. I am not looking much for the names of the genres but I need some adjective or phrases.

    1- Happy music. (right? what other adjectives are applicable here?)
    2- Sad music. (Any other adjectives?)
    3- Some music without any song. (Is instrumental good enough?)
    4- Mild music. (How can I describe it with one adjective?)
    5- How can I describe the kind of music I hear in a party? What adjectives?
    6- How can I describe the kind of music I listen to when I am studying? The kind of music which is not annoying when one studies and even helps.
    7- How can I describe the rhythme of a piece of music?

    Thank you very much in advance.

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    Re: Adjective and phrases to describe music

    Khosro.
    Adjectives used to describe all sorts of things are also used to describe music, but I'll give you a few that are often associated with music.

    1- Happy music. (right? what other adjectives are applicable here?) – upbeat, cheerful.
    2- Sad music. (Any other adjectives?) – minor key, bluesy, melancholy.
    3- Some music without any song. (Is instrumental good enough?) – In most cases, yes.
    4- Mild music. (How can I describe it with one adjective?). – If you mean to be derogatory: bland, muzak. If neutral: light. Perhaps MOR (middle of the road).
    5- How can I describe the kind of music I hear in a party? What adjectives? – Depends on the type of party, maybe: wild, rockin', danceable, lively.
    6- How can I describe the kind of music I listen to when I am studying? The kind of music which is not annoying when one studies and even helps. – ambient, low-key, background.
    7- How can I describe the rhythme of a piece of music? – Depends on the type of music, maybe: jazzy, steady, syncopated, leaden, jaunty, hot etc.

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    Re: Adjective and phrases to describe music

    I am not a teacher. American answer:

    Quote Originally Posted by Khosro View Post
    I am looking for adjective which describe different kinds of music. I am not looking much for the names of the genres but I need some adjective or phrases.

    1- Happy music. (right? what other adjectives are applicable here?) Right. Pretty much any adjective you would use to desribe the feeling would work.
    2- Sad music. (Any other adjectives?) Good. Same as above.
    3- Some music without any song. (Is instrumental good enough?) You mean without singing, I believe. Yes.
    4- Mild music. (How can I describe it with one adjective?) The radio stations call that "easy listening", and the term has caught on.
    5- How can I describe the kind of music I hear in a party? What adjectives? Dance music.
    6- How can I describe the kind of music I listen to when I am studying? The kind of music which is not annoying when one studies and even helps. Background music, maybe, or mood music.
    7- How can I describe the rhythme of a piece of music? The beat.

    Thank you very much in advance.

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    Re: Adjective and phrases to describe music

    And how am I to describe the beat? apart from "upbeat" which is derived from "beat" and Murry suggested as a way to describe happy music.

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    Re: Adjective and phrases to describe music

    Within different genres, people describe things differently- a techno fan and a tango lover would probably use very different terms to talk about the beat. Could you give an example of the kind of music you have in mind?

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    Re: Adjective and phrases to describe music

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Within different genres, people describe things differently- a techno fan and a tango lover would probably use very different terms to talk about the beat. Could you give an example of the kind of music you have in mind?
    Yes, you are right Tdol. I just need some general words.

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