To give credit where credit is due, I got the idea for
using Yankee Doodle
from Tony's book "Contra Dance Calling, A Basic Text" which is still out
print. He uses it to teach As & Bs of calling.
And I really like to use it as a dance in beginner's workshops. (Historical
version: A: right hand star, left hand back; B: 1s down the middle and back and
cast off). (There's an AABB variant with more stuff). Very useful in that
beginners know the tune, can hear the phrase, hum it if there isn't a
musician, gives them the idea of phrasing and, in 16 bars, lots of practice in
progression and in changing rules.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: callers-bounces(a)sharedweight.net [mailto:callers-
> bounces(a)sharedweight.net] On Behalf Of Chrissy Fowler
> Sent: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 2:57 PM
> To: shared weight
> Subject: [Callers] Yankee Doodle
> Heavens! Beth Parkes, thank you! That is the clearest, simplest, and
> yet most complete illustration of crooked tunes I have ever come
> across. And the explainee don't need to know a thing about beats,
> bars, phrases or time signatures or any other music background. Wow!
> -Chrissy Fowler
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