[SCA-Dance] Rant: I want beats. I wants steps. I don't want measures.

Alexander Clark alexbclark at pennswoods.net
Sun Feb 8 20:30:31 EST 2015

The usual way to do Earl of Essex, by the sources, is a single to each side
(probably in two beats per single), then double forward and double
backward.  And I don't recall that it was called an alman.


On Sat, Feb 7, 2015 at 1:43 AM, Tim McDaniel <tmcd at panix.com> wrote:

> I'm doing a dance-step cheat sheet at the last minute, of course.
> I'm refreshing my memory with on-line cheat sheets ...
> and I'm getting frustrated with the counts that are next to the steps.
> I'm not a musician.  I don't see the music.  I don't see the measures.
> The musicians have their sheet music, and they play from that, and of
> course they should use whatever notation works best for them, and more
> power to their elbows.
> As a dancer, I hear the beat.  I do steps to the beat.
> "Double forward".
> The music goes dum dum dum dum.
> I do step step step step (or step step step close or whatever).
> Four.
> Not two, dammit.  Not one.  Two and one are useless and confusing
> to me as a dancer.
> Earl of Essex Alman?  Couldn't give an expletive deleted about the 6/4
> time signature.  Ooze left for 3 beats, ooze right for 3 beats,
> 3 beats/steps forward, 3 back.
> If you're writing instructions with STEPS for DANCERS, please, please,
> by the blessed memory of John Banys I implore you, I want the count of
> BEATS, and any counts based on the time signature be blowed.
> And now I have to go back to writing up Heart's Disease, the common
> dance I loathe the most.  And back to multiplying other people's
> counts by 2.
> DAN iel de LIN coln is RANT ing a GAIN
> --
> Tim McDaniel, tmcd at panix.com
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