I'd love to see a comprehensive section of the CDSS website with resources
promoting learning re playing for dances. Related, an article in the
newsletter promoting that page, highlighting some of the key resources out
there would be amazing!
- Tips on different improvising techniques + ways of learning how to
improvise in a band. (+links to other resources)
- Tips on exploring alternative chord options, for traditional
accompaniment instruments AND others (+links to other resources)
- Lots of different ideas for how to learn to listen to band members more,
including neat activities/exercises to do together.
Emily in Ottawa
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Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2015 10:22:36 -0500
From: jill allen via Musicians <musicians(a)lists.sharedweight.net>
Subject: [Musicians] (musicians) Dance Fun
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In response to David's question, some of my favorite moments have been at
our band practices. Getting in the groove playing a hot tune while the
kids are bouncing around the house and the cat is oblivious and asleep in
the fiddle case, or those creative group moments when you add a new tune
and it's a good fit!
Playing for dances is always great, but the creativity behind the scenes
can be just as exciting.
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2015 09:46:34 -0700
From: Susan Songer via Musicians <musicians(a)lists.sharedweight.net>
Subject: [Musicians] CDSS News--A Query for Dance Musicians
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The Dance Musicians' Task Group (I'm a member) is going to have oversight
a series of articles in the CDSS news. These articles will address issues
interest and concern to musicians playing for dances. We are working out
exact format these articles will take, and as part of that process would
like input from you. Yes, you who are reading this message! What topics
would you like to see addressed in these articles? All topic suggestions
welcome-eg.: What differentiates contra dance fiddling from other fiddling
styles? Or How can you tell when to switch from one tune to the next in a
medley? Or If an ECD dance does not have an associated tune, how can you
make a good tune choice for that dance? I'll bet you readers can think of a
lot more topics that are worth exploring in some depth. You can either list
them here or write me separately off list. Thanks in advance for