Sunday, October 28, 2012

Turning and ocho training

During these training days I try to explore different aspects building up a smooth and powerful turn. During the first days I will focus on the muscles around the waist and explore how the turning tension is build up and then released for a relaxed turn with control.

Next section will focus on how hips are moving during the giro circle and how much pivot is needed. During the last days you need to grab a friend to exercise with, to get the shared turning going on!

The two first sections are presented by a leader but the exploring of the turning fits the follower role too.

Day 1

Turning and the waist muscles
In this video Jordi is standing on his right foot and turning to the right. He is standing, looking forward and then turning his uper body to the right, without catching extra power by turning to the left first.  When his uper body reaches the maximum turn or the right direction the hips are following to the same position. Watch the video and test some turns!

The most important thing here is to feel what is happening in your waist area; which parts are active when you turn and how far you can easily turn? What is the signal to release the hips to follow the shoulders to a new position?

The same idea of feeling your body fits the next video too where the pivot comes first. So the hips reach the new position first and when muscles in your waist are released the shoulders come after to the new position.

Please do this several times and make me some company!

Day 2 and 3

Here you have a playlist with the same videos, you get several opportunities to feel the movements and build expertise on your own body. We start with the upperbody turn and the later part of the playlist will start with the pivot. 

When doing the first time focus on how you feel in your body, how the muscles are working!

Then continue to do the exercise but think something else - dinner, a film or something to keep your mind occupied!  But let your body stay to the rhythm: turn - maximum twist - release....... and then again!

Day 4 and 5

Turning and the hip direction and feet's too
It is important to make complete turns so the steps are easily recognized as forwardstep, sidestep and backstep. Watch carefully how his hips are facing the chair at asidesteps and turned away, 90 degrees, when he is doing front- or backsteps. To get the rhythm of these steps pay attention to the sidesteps, which always occure in front of the chair and behind. Forwardstep and backstep have their own sides of the chair - always the same if you can keep the pattern!

The first one to test has it's turningpoint on sidestep

Try even the one with frontcross turn!

To keep our old friends alive take this training too today!

Day 6 and 7

Working with a partner!
Then new part is to combine our single training with a partner, whoever who has the same training interest will be a perfect partner! Guillermo and Fernanda show how to start and then go on around.

As a bonus you got som musical step training too in the end of this video!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Hearing and moving

Hey there!
It is now time to activate the next section of musicality training for us. It will be the opportunity to work on the basic rhythmical pattern in tango music and we will check the effects on this rhythm on our feet!

I will here refer as leader step, the one where you step on straight leg and the heel hits the floor first. For follower the step is taken so that the most part of the ball of the foot is down first and usually you step on straight leg too.

The first week we will work with three songs to sharpen your hearing AND let our body react on what we hear. I have noticed that when I express the musical accents which I am aware of, they became clearer and a new level is revealed to be studied. So please wave your HANDS and let your MOUTH and JAW express the music. Later on when we start to walk you will notice that your feet will follow the movements of your jaw – so you listen to the music, let the jaw move along the music and the feet will follow the guidance of your mouth. Yes! This will show our funniest face but to encourage you I will show mine first!

 I am doing like this once a day this weeeeeek!     ....... and YOU?

First four days
Here you have the link to the playlist with all three songs. Sit down comfortably on your couch and start to listen and mark what you hear!

Here you have the names of the songs and separate links:

Fifth and sixth
Continue still to follow the songs with your hands and mark the rhythm you hear and keep your mouth in action too!

If you have done the earlier exercices your movements should be so stable by now, so you can use them as an instrument for the next activity. When watching the wideo with Chicho and Juana dancing the El Flete keep your hand near the screen showing what YOU hear and watch what Chichos / Juanas feet are doing!  (Follow just one of them at time)
Are they stepping on all your hand movements?
Are they doing more?
Are they doing less?

Chicho and Juana dancing El Flete

Remember don't check the dance  ;)  check the MUSIC in their feet!

We continue!
Keep up the good work listening and marking the three songs in the playlist! And remember to keep your mouth active!


Here you get a version of Bahia Blanca with Chicho and Juana! 

Please watch several times from the beginning to about 1.10 and pay attention how they here and there are keeping back their steps, taking them slower.

When you are looking at their steps can you hear in music why they are stepping now, putting down the foot right there? We watch the feet, listen and maybe we get an idea why steps are taken....

Thursday, September 6, 2012

What is rhythm made of?

Moi my friend!
Here we have some background for our coming studies in rythm and steps.

This English serie about music has already been helpful for me to get an idea of the different building blocks for the rhythm in music. These aspects have not been easy to understand so I have watched these programs several times. I found these three first section to be the most important - to tell the truth I couldn't resist but I have watched the rest too ;)

How Music Works 2 - Rhythm - Part 1

How Music Works 2 - Rhythm - Part 2

How Music Works 2 - Rhythm - Part 3

Can you now hear puls in music or what are the accents?
What is the tempo?
How is syncopation created?

Saturday, August 18, 2012

2012 August 20 - 31 Training: Follow the music by drawing, checking the changes

Work along with me and refresh facts about tango structure!

Tango structure; phrases and parts. To begin with I will try to find the differences for the petals of this tango flower, listen!

To draw what you hear is not an artistic thing but it helps to concentrate. At home I can use pen and paper but on bus it will be with my finger on my bag, or something!

After that it will be nice to work on some songs from Carlitos and Noelias performances, but on a traditional way; on timing! I will write down the time (1:24 and so on) when the music changes. The most important thing here is that we learn to pay attention when the music changes.


Listen to when the music changes - every training day

Draw this song - every training day

Write down the time when music changes - every training day

Thursday, July 12, 2012

2012 July - Summer training

During this training period I will focus on basic musicality awarenes, which includes the rhythm and differences in tones.

Solfege for rhythms
I will use a free program called Solfege to work with the rhythm recognition. It will be 10 mins per day and 4 days per weeks. I have run this exercie some times earlier starting with the easy rhythms but I still have difficulties with the advanced ones. This time it will be those more difficult ones but only two sets per time.

Ear Toner for intervals
I just love this exercise where I try to understand how many notes there is inbetween the two notes sounding after each other. Even here 10 mins per day and 4 days a week.