One of the major complications related to folk music is most of the people think that it is a music genre like pop and hip-hop music. We want to clear this confusion first as folk music is not a genre but consists of a large number of styles. One can divide all the different types of style into three main categories
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The folk music is variant, and their flavour depends on the place of its birth. For example, whenever we talk about the folk music of America, we relate it with Appalachian mountain where one can find people from Ireland, England, and Scotland as all the immigrants migrated along with their music styles from their respective countries.
Let us take the example of Bob Dylan, who is one of the famous singers in the folk music industry. Bob Dylan belongs to a Jew community in the Midwest of the United states. Bob Dylan does not sing pure folk music. When a song becomes popular as most of the people start purchasing their works, they have to optimize with the commercial market to fill up the requirements of their fans.
The different kinds of folk music have different types of melodies, instruments, phrases, tempos accompanied by different languages. There is also one kind of native American folk music which belongs only to interior parts of the country.