An Intro to Technique - Musicality
- Artist Name:
- Joe Powers
- Song Title:
- El Choclo
- Album Title:
- Amor de Tango
- Artist Website:
(From the website): International harmonica sensation, Joe Powers is taking his instrument to new heights with his energetic and engaging performances that cover a full spectrum of musical genres.
- Musicality: here are two different ways.
- Could you see the difference?
- The difference was, in the first one...
- ..I really took my time and
I was very even tempoed.
- If you listen to the music -
- So it's really this beautiful sense of time.
- So you can go - in your step, you can go;
- There’s no rush.
- That was the first way.
- The second way it was getting
a little more strident.
- And so when it got more strident
I too got more strident...
- and I especially emphasized the landing.
- So I went...
- So I’m going to voice it so you can hear
what I was dancing to before.
- Right, so it was more strident
so I could make the dancing more strident.
- We could both make the dancing more strident.
- In this case, the quality of our landing,
the accent of the arrival.
- So that’s one way you can be musical.
- You can listen to the music and
then you can say -
- ..not necessarily - maybe you’re changing your timing...
- ..doing a quick, quick, slow,
instead of a slow, slow, slow.
- So you can use different rhythms.
That’s your prerogative as the leader.
- Let’s show them quick, quick, slow.
- So here’s slow, a quick, quick, slow...
- ..slow, a quick, quick slow...
- ..slow, a quick, quick slow.
- So you see the rhythm changes.
- ..slow, slow, slow, slow.
- And just to define; a quick in this instance
is a single beat of music...
- ..and a slow is two beats.
- But anyway you could do this,either accenting
what you hear in the music...
- ..with the quality of your movement...
- ..where the music has maybe a harder edge on the landing
or something like that.
- You get there faster but then
you take more time...
- ..or you can do it by changing your rhythm.
- That’s part one right;
how you listen to the music actively.
- But there is a second thing,
a comment I would like to make.
- And that’s that as you do this...
- ..dance, don’t move until you must.
- So a lot of people,
they move too fast.
- We talk about letting the music
fill us up...
- and then we move.
- And we say this and everybody always says,
“Yes, they understand.”
- And then they rush off.
- Yes, or at least, even if they don’t feel like they’re rushing,
it’s still too fast.
- So if we’re listening to this music right now, I go -
- And now I feel it rising up,
and I feel it rising up...
- ..and I want to move in.
- Don’t yet. Listen more,
- D: Until you...
N: And you hold...
- N: ..until you must move.
D: Yes, must.
- And then you move.
- There’s a supporting clip here
where we link to a clip of Itzhak Perlman...
- ..and he talks about this gypsy music.
- And it’s the same with tango.
- It’s full of all of this energy...
- ..and you build it and you build it
and then finally you move.