>[Duncan:] >Just out of interest, how do people phrase the Half Grand Chains in 'The >Round Reel of Eight'? In this case you have to give 4 hands in six bars, >leaving the last 2 bars to set to your partner (that's the theory!) > >Personally, I think I phrase then something like 1-1-2-2. But invariably >others in the set have different ideas!
After a very long recess, I just taught RR8 last night. I dredged up
from my memory past discussions we had among the local teachers in
which we decided to teach the phrasing as 2-1-1-2. It is not
necessarily a local "standard" but it is the defacto practice of a
significant number of our teachers (Southern California area). I
think the rationale for this phrasing is to put extra time into
"starting up" and "finishing". In practice, the two -1-'s are a
little long and the last -2 is a little short. In fact, even the
first 2- is often a little short because the dancers are anticipating
the quick -1-1- coming up. The dancers appear to have little trouble
remembering this phrasing, probably because it is symmetrical.
In fact, the exact form of the phrasing is not very important because
the dance is so tolerant to phrasing variations. All that really
matters is that the dancers pass 4 hands in 6 bars, leaving enough
time to set to partner.
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