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- Print Length: 78 pages
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- Publisher: BlueChip Publishers (June 12, 2018)
- Publication Date: June 12, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07DPVFY6V
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I love music and listen to it all the time, with 13,948 songs on my iTunes. Twice I have taken formal dance lessons (for multiple months, both times). I have taken piano lessons. I have had dance lessons from girlfriends, and also my wife (who plays three musical instruments). My report card: failed, failed, failed, and failed. Teachers gently suggested that lessons might not be worth my time. So, I hate weddings and other situations where I watch my wife sitting, wishing she were dancing while I deal with the rude and/or drunk guests who go to embarrassing (and sometimes physical) lengths to try to get me on the dance floor (I usually leave the room long enough for them to find another target).
Although the underlying organizing principle of music and dance is rhythm, until this book, it was never explained to me how a novice can find and understand the beat, and then translate that beat into movement. Step patterns dominated my lessons, which is fine, but to be considered dancing, those steps have to be with the rhythm. Teachers have asked me if I can hear the beat, and I would say that I could hear lots of beats, which one should I be following? It was never clear to me. Others just thought if they repeated “feel the beat” to me often enough, it would simply happen. As the author proves, it is something that can be taught once you understand the underlying structure to music.
The author is a talented, if not gifted, teacher. The writing is clear, succinct and witty with a light touch and a very supportive tone. His approach is “one step at a time” (pun intended). Most importantly the information is conveyed in multiple ways – written, visual and aural, which engages multiple senses and different parts of the brain, greatly improving on everyone’s ability to understand. I wouldn’t just watch the videos, and not read the book. It is a carefully designed package, and I am excited to go back to the beginning and cover all the material carefully, in sequence, and with as much practice as I need.
With this book, I’m getting all of that and more. The chapters are clear and enjoyable to work with. The songs referenced are varied, but all good illustrations of the concepts and helpful in demystifying music lingo. This book has given me great ideas for both music and movements to use in class. An unexpected benefit has been learning how to cue the steps and help class participants make the music their partner in a dance class.
James Joseph has written a smart and generous book. I’m very happy with my purchase for the sake of my own musical understanding and for my aim to help others too.
I teach Argentine tango in Austin. A tango snob might look down on "ballroom" versions -- "We are SO different from that." -- but I was a ballroom dancer many years ago, and Jim was expressing exactly what I've been saying to students: after connecting to yourself (energy, fears, excitement), you then connect with the music, and from there, you and your partner can both connect with each other through the music.
In this latest book Jim has made music the sole focus. (He tells me this book has an even broader audience than its predecessor, because here anyone working with music--listeners, musicians, DJs, and others, as well as dancers--will find practical value about how music is structured and how to go about relating to it.
Although it is a thin volume of 107 pages, it is packed with great information, and then exercises help you internalize the meaning of what he's saying. There are all kinds of great references to song titles to use for different purposes, and helpful web sites. Jim's own website at ihatetodance [tongue in cheek] dot com slash freebie-video has a generous number of free, concise, and truly useful videos and articles.
I've recommended this book to my students, and I recommend it to anyone wanting a deeper understanding and relationship to music and rhythm.