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Double Time & Traspie - Overview: Milonga Timing

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There are two things:

  1. As you get faster, you get smaller. And traspie is very fast.
  2. The instinct is to tap to the foot or point your foot out and bring it in to move with the beat. Really what you want is a small movement of the center which drives the foot or weight change.
  3. Small so you have time and the center so it's real.

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Lunfardia
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From the artist's website: Lunfardia's members hail from Ireland and Argentina and perform a vibrant mix of new compositions and traditional song and dance music from Latin American countries. This fresh, dynamic and highly versatile quintet explores the classical, folk and jazz backgrounds of its musicians in exhilarating and virtuosic arrangements always building on the rhythms of South America.

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So, there are a few common rhythms in milonga.
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One is single time: *clap*, *clap*, *clap*, *clap*.
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Just do: step, step, step, step.
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One, two, three, four.
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Then, there's double time: pa, pa, pa; or: pa, pa, pa, pa, pa. You know, you can just on every beat, as long as you like.
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One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.
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And then, finally, there's traspie.
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Some people think traspie as double-time, but I think of it as sort of, "Ah-bam!".
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So, you've got: *clap*, *clap-clap*, *clap*, *clap-clap*.
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Or, with the feet,
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And so, it's really small, because it is really fast.
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So, we've got three versions. We've got: one, two, three, four,
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We've got: one-two-three-four,
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We've got: one, a-two, a-three, a-four.
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Common rhyths. And then we'll give you example steps later.