'Snake Dance' Syncopation Challenge - Part 1




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Published on Mar 19, 2013

Stop press: Don't miss the exciting Snake Dance Part Two: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_89lj... - it's a blast!

The 'Snake Dance', (aka The Streets Of Cairo, Poor Little Country Maid, There's A Place In France) is an evergreen beginners' favourite -- and a great place to start learning some syncopation (playing off the beat).

Mister Musicarta challenges you to see how far YOU can get with this Part One video.

The hands stay in D minor Basic Music-making Position (BMP) -- two root position triads, for the fundi -- with the LH thumb making an optional one-semitone excursion to B flat for variety (bars 10 and 11). Once you've got your starting positions, it's just try, try, and try again!

If you're wise, you'll stop and figure out the which-hand-plays-when together, left, right (TLR) 'events', as an efficient way of working. One section of the manuscript has the TLR between the staves, but train yourself to do it automatically anyway.

The right-hand-under is for novelty, but it certainly focuses your attention on which hand's doing what. Try to get to the final 'LH rolling, with-gap/RH-under' benchmark performance (and well done you!) -- and stay posted for more tricky stuff to come.

Follow the link to http://www.musicarta.com/beat-and-rhy... to download a basic 'Theme' manuscript -- but try to 'get it' from the video first. Learning and playing by ear and from memory are where it's at, in the end!

A couple of related sites:
http://www.shira.net/ (belly dancing)
http://www.tinwhistler.com (not belly dancing! search Streets of Cairo)


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