Chris1Ronald March 22, 2006, 9:47 p.m. (Message 44846)
Re: Dashing White Sergeant (was Two Chords)
Jim Healy wrote: "The old timers on this list will be unsurprised at my approximately biennial answer to this question. The DWS always did, and IMO should always still, start with a four bar intro. That allows plenty of time for the centre person to acknowledge both partners and both lines of three to make eye contact." I'm glad you wrote it again, Jim, as I don't remember reading it before. In fact, I don't remember hearing it on a recording, either. Your remarks had me scurrying for my recordings of DWS. Curiously, as you certainly know, the two RSCDS recordings (Music for Collins Pocket Reference volume 2, and A Scottish Celebration) that I own both have just a single chord. A four-bar, or two-chord, intro clearly makes sense in this type of dance, but I wonder how newer teachers or MCs or musicians could discover that this is an accepted - or even preferred - intro, other than by reading your biennial contribution on the subject on the Strathspey list! I don't suppose there's anything about it in the new manual (in the Bow and Curtsey section) is there? (I don't have my copy of the manual handy.) Chris, New York.