If you are pursuing this inquiry on your own, you will find it very useful to bring in others for the "share" step. Taking care not to be a nuisance, seek out teachers, friends, and relatives who like this music and would enjoy listening to and/or discussing it with you. Share with them one or two of the things that have caught your ear as you listened to the music, and listen carefully to what they say in response. Attend live concerts of the music, looking for a chance to hear what others say about the performance and compare it to what you are hearing. If the chance presents itself, ask the performers or other audience members one or two well-thought-out questions that might help you gain insights that are eluding you in your solitary listening.
When you feel you have gotten what you can from this inquiry, here are a few useful suggestion for reflection:
- Are you still interested in learning more about this kind of music? If so, what aspect of it would you like to learn more about, and how might you learn it?
- Are you satisfied with the progress you have made in understanding this music? If not, how might you change your investigation so that it is more helpful?
- Have you become more interested in another type of music, or another aspect of music?
- What types of music knowledge, and what aspects of the music, were most accessible to you, and how can you use them in future music-learning projects?
- What types of music knowledge, and what aspects of the music, were most difficult for you? Do you want to tackle any of these difficulties now (take them one at a time!), and if so, what might help you do this?