Vals Timing - Hitting All Three

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Small steps.

Artist Name:
Trio Garufa
Song Title:
Bajo Un Cielo De Estrellas
Album Title:
El Rumor De Tus Tangos
Artist Website:
http://www.triogarufa.com

From website: Trio Garufa is an international ensemble dedicated to performing authentic Argentine music. They have performed across Argentina, Canada and the US. Trio Garufa performs traditional Argentine tango, modern tango styles such as Astor Piazzolla's music or electro tangos, original tango compositions, and Argentine folk music. Their music is exciting, virtuosic, and rooted in the dance. They are the only tango ensemble in the US to have performed extensively in the milongas (tango dance clubs) of Buenos Aires. The group includes Guillermo García, guitar (Argentina) Adrian Jost, bandoneon (Switzerland) and Sascha Jacobsen, string bass (California).

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So, if you count this one with me, you're going to see very rapidly that it gets way too fast. Watch:
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One, two, three; one, two, three; one, two, three; one, two, three.
00:15
Count with me: one, two, three; one, two, three; one, two, three; one.
00:20
One, two, three; one; one, two, three; one.
00:24
And the ones kind of give you breathing room, because if you try to move through every one of those beats, it's way too fast.
00:31
Let's show.
00:33
So, for example, if we are doing that one-two-three that we... Look at the feet, actually. Let's do this.
00:38
One, two, three; one; one, two, three; one.
00:45
And then, that gives you enough time, because you've got this "Ta-ta-ta... Ah; ya-ta-ta", and you can recover.
00:52
And the "Ahs" are important to keep the dancing dancing.
00:55
And if you look at the hips, or the body, you'll see that the feet are moving more than our body does.
01:01
And then we can turn it.
01:17
So, when he says the hips are moving more than our body,
01:20
What he's talking about is a kind of a bell effect we get when we're moving really rapidly.
01:25
Could you show that?
01:26
D: Sure, so, exaggerated,
N: Watch his hips, right there.
01:31
But, for the mic, if I'm turning away, we won't catch you.
01:35
OK, if you didn't catch me, watch his hips, right there, when he does this.
01:41
That's a little bit exaggerated, but the idea is that our whole body bells out, and then bells in.
01:49
So, if I do it in slow-slow motion, I'm doing this:
01:53
So, you see that I'm moving my legs, my hips more, but I keep the center of gravity in sort of the same place.
01:58
Now, do it really little, and really fast.
02:04
And you can still see that his hips move more than his feet do.
02:08
And then, we can do this turning.
02:09
So, if we do this straight, I hold her reasonably firmly, and I bell us both.
02:17
A one, two, three, hold... step; one, two, three, hold... step;
02:24
But we can also do it turning, which is, of course, harder, right?
02:28
But, that said, you can go, instead of just one-two-three to the, flat, you can go: one, two, three...
02:37
Which is then feels even more valsy, this sort of turning continuum.
02:40
I'm afraid that's going to kind of be a refrain for this series of series about vals, that turning makes it harder.
Series:
Vals Timing
Tags:
vals, Musicality