Accents in the Chorus

October 15, 2014

As we continue dancing to Maroon 5’s song Maps, we’re discovering ways to express the layers of music within a song. Last week, we turned up the energy for the chorus. Now we’re going to dive into ...

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Musicality & Timing

The Chorus

October 8, 2014

In this post, we are going to continue dancing to layers of music in Maroon 5’s song Maps. The chorus is the first section of the song that has a high energy level, so let’s find out how to express...

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Musicality & Timing,

Why Upbeats Swing

December 4, 2013

If a picture is worth a thousand words, sometimes a video is better than any number of words. In this live performance, the swing and jazz musician Harry Connick, Jr. gives an audible demonstration...

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Musicality & Timing

A Two Beat Dance

November 14, 2012

Although west coast swing is composed of six- and eight-count patterns, the actual dance itself is a two-beat dance. Every movement in west coast swing goes through a downbeat-upbeat pair. Those pa...

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Musicality & Timing