• Posts
  • RSS
  • ◂◂RSS
  • Contact

  • Medleys and tune changes

    September 1st, 2012
    contra, music  [html]
    Whenever callers ask us to play a medley, they want to coordinate so that we change tunes when they change dances. As a caller, I've also been told that while you can just be sloppy and change whenever, it's much more polished if you start the new dance with a new tune. I don't think this is right.

    A dance change is a time when the focus of the hall needs to shift to the caller for a bit while the dancers listen closely. The caller starts their calls early to give the dancers more time to react to the new sequence, and because dancers know to start the figure when the call ends this requires longer calls and hence more calling total. It's a tense time but it's full of on-your-toes excitement. A tune change, on the other hand, draws the focus to the band and adds excitement and variety of its own. To best support the caller and the dancers in a simultaneous tune-dance change the band actually needs to downplay the change and slip it past the dancers attention.

    I think the best time to change tunes is after about three times through the new dance: the caller has dropped out, people have it, and they're ready for something new.

    Comment via: google plus, facebook

    Recent posts on blogs I like:

    What should we do about network-effect monopolies?

    Many large companies today are software monopolies that give their product away for free to get monopoly status, then do horrible things. Can we do anything about this?

    via benkuhn.net July 5, 2020

    More on the Deutschlandtakt

    The Deutschlandtakt plans are out now. They cover investment through 2040, but even beforehand, there’s a plan for something like a national integrated timetable by 2030, with trains connecting the major cities every 30 minutes rather than hourly. But the…

    via Pedestrian Observations July 1, 2020

    How do cars fare in crash tests they're not specifically optimized for?

    Any time you have a benchmark that gets taken seriously, some people will start gaming the benchmark. Some famous examples in computing are the CPU benchmark specfp and video game benchmarks. With specfp, Sun managed to increase its score on 179.art (a su…

    via Posts on Dan Luu June 30, 2020

    more     (via openring)


  • Posts
  • RSS
  • ◂◂RSS
  • Contact