You know a lot of people just speed their music up a little bit. All you have to do is download the track and then you can pop it into any number of free online digital music editing suites and just speed up the Tempo (like you used to be able to do with a record player except with more control) a little. I know a lot of people who do that with Julie London's music. Her songs are great..when you speed them up.
I use Roni Music's "Amazing Slow Downer" to tweak my dance music. I reckon that I have about doubled the number of danceable tracks from my collection by checking and altering the speed of tracks that are "nearly", but not quite right.
Good tracks at up to 50% original speed (but at original pitch) are also great to use with beginner's classes!
thank you kindly for your help and suggestions, i have several friends looking as well., i did find one version i could use Al Hirt, Bourbon Street Parade. Isn't ballroom dancers website a great help to dancers, especially a new beginner ballroom dancer!!! I have only been dancing ballroom a year now and enjoy it so much.
i am actually from baltimore, md. i have had lessons in quick step and love it and that is why i took peabody lessons. i started out learning to dance all dances and all basics in group lessons, now i have a provate instructor. thanks for your reply.
I'm glad you were able to find a suitable version of Bourbon Street Parade (great song!). Another good one is Twelfth Street Rag. Our instructor used that one a lot when he taught us Peabody. I have a 2 MB MP3 of Twelfth Street Rag I could send you; just provide an email address.
Several people suggested using a sound editing program to change the tempo (without changing the pitch). Audacity is a free program that can do that, along with quite a few other things. If you do sound editing but you don't quite need a full-strength professional editing program, Audacity is a good choice.
I played in a dixieland band for many years and Bourbon st parade was a song we often played. But we did an old folks home once and they asked us to play a "peabody" and none of the band members ever heard of the term! Some of the guys in the band were in thier 70's! Then one of the old timers asked us to play that song. In 50 years of playing I only heard that term ( peabody ) that one time!! I know it dosen't answer your question but I though you would find it interesting...Ken, a retired musician