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Avalon Quickstep. I'm just not getting the "flow" of it, no matter how much I practice and how many times I listen to the mp3.

 

DOn't know which version you're learning from (the recorded link page is down tonight, if that's where you got it) but this version is the clearest and easiest to follow that I've found:

 

http://www.folkmads.org/megaband_tunes.html

 

Scroll down to Avalon.

These crooked OT tunes are a gas to play, when you get the knack. And we don't have the intonation problems the fiddlers have!

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What a great page, that Megaband ... Tune List...

But I just can't get this Avalon Quickstep.

I mean I hear all the changes in rhythm and sincopation, but why would they do this to a tune? Doesn't sound very convincing to me. Does a dance require such an extravaganza or it's a tradition of some sort? And what would be the basis for such tradition?

Sounds to me like they play a tune, and suddently someone shoots one of the musicians, but the band picks up.

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But I just can't get this Avalon Quickstep. ...why would they do this to a tune? ... Does a dance require such an extravaganza...

Doesn't require it, but does get energy from it. Have you danced a square dance to a live band? If not, you should try it.

 

...or it's a tradition of some sort? And what would be the basis for such tradition?

Well, it's definitely a tradition. It's also a style. As a way of spicing up the music it's an alternative to the ornamentation of Irish music. And the "stepping" in the dance is basically a walking step, a "driving" motion without fancy gesturing or "fluttering" of the feet. This type of tune provides the "push" that helps the dancers along.

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I'm sorry to break the news this way, and I'm trying think of a way not to be brutal about this, but all it means is that some of us talk too much!

So... that's why your avatar has a red head!

 

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edited to include Chris' avatar

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  • 3 weeks later...
For some reason, this makes me inordinately happy.

 

Probably because I am experiencing a lot of frustration learning certain old-timey tunes for a certain event in March/April :P

 

How do you do that?

 

Hey!!! It happened ;)

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