Number of Tunes in a Set & Specified Recordings

Steve Wyrick

Message 55354 · 21 Mar 2009 17:21:38 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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On Sat, Mar 21, 2009 at 7:57 AM, John Chambers <xx@xxxxxxxx.xxx.xxx> wrote:
> Bruce Herbold wrote:
> | PS I actually like the idea of 12233441, so that you start and end with the
> | name tune, each dancing couple gets a variety of tunes, but the band gets to
> | insert some variety on the repetition of each tune.  But I can't seem to get
> | much enthusiasm for that approach with the musicians I work with and there
> | are only a few recordings that use it.
>
> Some years ago, I played for Scottish dances with a gang that decided
> that  what  they  liked was to try to make every set have a different
> order for the tunes.  I think the idea was just to parody the general
> idea of having complex arrangements of tunes. And I suspect that very
> few (if any) of the dancers ever realized what we were doing.
>

You're probably right that most dancers don't consciously notice
things like this. I try not to do anything that I think would mess ME
up when I dance! But probably I'm over-thinking it.

--
Steve Wyrick -- Walnut Creek, California

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