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Date Posted: 09:55:57 08/08/17 Tue
Author: ...
Subject: Here is the real cause of the issue.
In reply to: So frustrating 's message, "Music speed. Why is it never consistent for grades? Even when on the syllabus?" on 15:38:02 08/06/17 Sun

Dancing to live music is a constant battle between dancers and musicians. I have played in the pit for the local community theater’s musicals and we had the same problem, so I’ve been on both sides of the fence. The music is meant to be played faster, so musicians have to play it awkwardly slow to make the dancers happy. The dancers want the music slow for their footwork, but the tunes were composed to be played faster, so the musicians think they sound bad at that speed.
We always grew up being told “The musician is always right”
Irish dance music has slowed down over the years. It used to be no one would bat an eye at a novice, or even champ reel at 120. That’s march speed, so it only at the pace of a steady walk.
So when you complain about musicians, remember playing the tunes as slow as they do is a struggle for them, just as much as you dancing to music that too fast. Ultimately the dancer’s ability to match the musician is what Irish dance is based on.

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