Monday, April 25, 2011

Level 2A: Exercise 2 - Shuffles

Note: This notation only describes the rhythm.

Tempo: Anywhere between 70 and 90 BPM. Find a tempo that works for you. I'll always experiment at different tempos to find one where I can be very deliberate with my steps yet still feel the rhythm. With this exercise, I have trouble keeping my balance so a tempo of 80BPM works best for me.

Sounds like:
Download mp3: Level 2A Ex2 (mp3)

Rhythm: Play the audio and count! 1--2--3--4--5-a6--7-a8--1--2--3-a4--5-a---7---

Steps (use the audio and rhythm to figure out when to place the steps):
1st Bar: Shuf-fle Shuf-fle (1--2--3--4)
2nd Bar: Shuf-fle Heel Shuf-fle Heel (5-a6--7-a8)
3rd Bar: Shuf-fle Shuf-fle Heel (1--2--3-a4)
4th Bar: Shuf-fle Flat* <lift> (5-a---7---)

*Flat=Flat-Step (I've shortened it so you can say it in time).

The exercise is a little odd. Assuming you're starting off with your right leg, on count 8 of the 4th bar, instead of making a sound by stepping or something, you lift the left leg in preparation to loop back to the 1st bar and repeat the exercise. The flat-step is transitional, allowing you to switch from one foot to the other.

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