Swing Discussion Boards > Misleading Methods of Counting the Swing Rhythms

Discussion in 'Swing Discussion Boards' started by Black Sheep, Jun 28, 2003.

  1. Black Sheep

    Black Sheep New Member

    IF THE DANCE SHOE FITS...,
    There are several misleading methods of counting the Swing/Lindy rhythms that dominate in Southern California in the beginning of this 21st Century. But before I go into these misleading counts, let's review some music basics. Everyone who has an ear drum can hear the drummer and bass player hit the Down & Up Beats! In swing music there are half phrases of two bars (measures) with a total of eight Quarter beats; a whole phrase consists of four bars of music, totaling 16 Quarter Beats.
    Now Swing/Lindy Basic dance moves consist of only 6 Quarter Beats; a bar and a half of music.
    If a couple starts at the beginning of a half phrase of eight Quarter Beats., at the end of a 6 Quarter Beat Swing pattern, they will be out of phrase, although still on the down beat. At the end of two Basic steps (12 Quarter Beats) three bars of music, they will still be out of phrase, although on the Down Beat; if they haven't lost rhythm at this point. So what's the 'Point?"
    Teachers who USE an 8 Quarter Beats count to start the lesson, are spinning their wheels and complicating the learning process. So what is the best way to start a Swing/Lindy? Just start on any Down Beat! That 'Eight Count to start students is a waste of time and complicates a simple way; Just hit that Down Beat and whale!
    Now about this phony 'Triple, Triple' Count; not only does it mislead students about the musical rhythm, but it's very difficult to explain Syncopated Rhythm which is the heart beat of Lindy. I often have students dance accenting the down beat for a about minute, and then have them accent the Up beat, and a slow smile of pleasure lights their faces as they begin to feel that euphoria of rhythmic dancing when they get into a syncopated mode; is there any other kind? A further example of syncopation is the tendency to clap hands on the up beat when listening to Swing music..
    The word Triple suggests dividing three steps into three equal time segments. Ludicrous! The essence of any rhythm is accentuations within a set rhythmic pattern; otherwise the rhythm becomes a monotonous boredom. So what is the best way to count with the proper Accentuations?
    The Lanza Six Count Lindy, teaching method uses the count: 1&2, 3&4, 5-6. All accents are on the &2, &4, 6 counts; the Up Beats. Simple?
    My Magic Pill, Part II, 'Procedural Teaching Method' explains the count thoroughly and succinctly.
    PART II of the Magic Pill will be Emailed to you if you Email a YES vote to:
    d.lanza@netzero.net

    Black Sheep aka Joe Lanza
     

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