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Re: Syncopated hustle
Posted by Anonymous
3/6/2006  7:43:00 AM
Let me try to help by describing the problems I had a few weeks ago when first learning the Hustle.

I found the timing, &123 hard to follow, because I assumed that the "1" in there fitted cleanly on the "1" of a bar (measure) of music. So I assumed that there was a pause on "4". At that point I realized I was doing things more slowly than others.

My next assumption was that I was doing it at half speed, so I tried fitting &123 into 2 beats. That is crazily fast.

Finally after doing some more watching, searching etc, I discovered that the &123 timing uses just 3 beats of music. The next &123 starts straight away. So if we count the beats of three bars as 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 we dance 4 groups, with timings as
&1 2 3
&4 5 6
&7 8 9
&10 11 12

and then we're back on "1".

This is probably why the term "syncopated is used. It's not a normal form of musical syncopation, but the timing moving within bars creates a syncopated feel.

With this explanation, take a look at the hustle clip on dancevision's site and you'll see what I mean.

I hope this helps.

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