counting for circles

Ian Brockbank

Message 18844 · 5 Oct 1999 12:38:30 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Simon Scott writes (in reply to Colleen Putt)

> In four bars of music you will dance four travelling or setting
> steps. However in four bars of music (for a circle), you will dance
> eight slip steps. As simple as that. (eight slip steps round and
> back) As teachers we tend to count the steps rather than the
> musical bars.

And a dancing "bar" is the time it takes for one travelling/setting
step, which may or may not correspond with what a musician thinks of
as a bar, hence the problems dancers have with pipe bands.
Unfortunately (despite what I have been told by people who ought to
know better) there is no simple rule of thumb about when a dancing
bar is twice as long as a musician's bar, but I think it only happens
when the musician is playing a 2/4 tune (2/4 march?). Maybe one of
the musicians on the list can give more detail.

Cheers,

Ian
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