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Re: Time signature
Posted by SocialDancer
2/14/2004  8:12:00 AM
Those figures amount to two bars whether danced in 2/4 with slow = 1 beat or 4/4 with slow = 2 beats which most people default to, so I don't see how you get out of phrase.

I have problems relating 2/4 and 4/4 to the tempo of the music. At 33 bars per minute this give either 66 or 132 beats per minute. These beats are crotchets (quarter notes in US parlance) so what decides the length of each beat?

As I understand it musicians base their timing on beats per minute. If so, and they probably use about 132 for tango, why don't the ISTD define Tango as 66 bars per minute?
Re: Time signature
Posted by Don
2/15/2004  9:10:00 PM
The last time I looked the Progressive side step has three steps and four beats, Q.Q.S. So in 4/4 time. two walks = 1234. Progressive Side Step 1234. one more walk on the mans RF. 1 2 and the Link 3 4. now you are out. If you continue into a Closed Promenade into a Reverse Turn you will be dancing 3412. The same thing will happen on a Four Step unless you do a head flick to use up two beats. Or just stand still. With 2/4 Tango none of the above will happen.
We have teacher here who when travelling through Europe asked one of those top Orchestra leaders why they were recording in 4/4. He was told that they had put out an album and recalled and re-cut because 2/4 was not popular.
I hope this helps.
Re: Time signature
Posted by SocialDancer
2/16/2004  4:33:00 AM
Oops sorry, I misread the sequence. However my point remains that any sequence uses the sam number of bars whether they be counted 1234 or 1&2&.

So, two walks 1 2 (it had to be counted 1& 2& for the exam), progressive side step 1 & 2, walk on RF 1&, link 2&, 3 bars. Counted in 4/4 that would be 12 34, 1 2 34, 12, 3 4, also 3 bars.

It would be nice to have a piece of music played with both time signatures to see how many people could hear the difference.
Re: Time signature
Posted by Sarcastic Smoothie
2/16/2004  8:20:00 AM
The time signiature is not important, the phrasing is. If you write tango with the shorter measures, then it is performed with a bit of a two-measure phrasing.

Some of the step combinations seemingly leave you with an incomplete measure or phrase, but that's because the combination shouldn't break on figure boundaries, but on musical boundaries.

Consider for example two walks and a link. S S QQ __ with an unfilled S left over. That's usually the initial slow of a closed or open promenade or something, but the thing it it's also the conclusion of this phrase, a releasing of springlike compression in both the bodies and the music.

Going further, think about how it's often common when starting (in practice) in promenade in the swing dances to take a preceding step out in PP on the last beat of the previous measure before beginning the figure. In tango we are actually doing the same thing, only the figures are in effect defined across barlines. Suprised at that idea? Look at how the ISTD actually defines the foxtrot figures - they go across barlines too, though it's more common at least in the US to change the definitions of feather and three in order to be able to teach them each as 3 measure-aligned steps.
Re: Time signature
Posted by Dronak
2/16/2004  10:06:00 AM
The ISTD is almost always writing foxtrot figures with the last step actually being the first step of the next figure. But I don't think they ever say that this is what they're doing. Of course you figure it out soon enough when you realize one figure ends on the same foot that the next one is supposed to start. However, I'm writing to note that the IDTA does not do this. It's been a while since I looked at the IDTA books (slightly older ones, I haven't gotten the latest revisions yet), but I am fairly sure that they do not write foxtrot figures like the ISTD does. When it ends, it ends, none of this last step of this figure = first step of next figure business. So you could say that instead of modifying ISTD definitions, people are using the IDTA definitions instead.

It's not unusual for figures to cross musical bar lines. Basic American foxtrot with its SSQQ rhythm does it all the time. So does east coast swing. Around here people dance 3 count hustle, dancing four steps in three beats to music in four -- you're off the musical bars 3/4 of the time. Quickstep is often in a SQQS pattern putting it in the same category as the SSQQ rhythm -- six beats for four steps over 1.5 bars. Probably others, but I'm not taking the time to sit and think about them. :)
Re: Time signature
Posted by twoleftfeet
2/16/2004  3:03:00 PM
Many thanks to everyone who responded to my message, even Sarcastic Smoothie!

This is a question in a postal quiz and has proved very difficult to find a definitive answer. From all your comments I will take 2/4 as my answer as that seems to be the overall opinion, and hope for the best.

Thanks again and happy dancing to you all.
Re: Time signature
Posted by O. Z.
2/24/2013  5:05:00 AM
In Australian New Vogue a Tango must be 4/4 Tempo. It is highly likely that soon unless you have some old recordings you may find it hard to find a 2/4 Tango. Evidently they are not popular with the buying public. I know my teacher who is a leading competitor treats all Tangos as 4/4. After all they never know what is going to be played. If we strike a 4/4 Tempo and we do a Four Step we will need to put a head flick to take two beats otherwise we would be stepping into a Closed Promenade on 1 2... It needs to be 3 4. if the music is 4/4. But if we dance a 2/4 routine to a 4/4 Tango there is a problem.
Re: Time signature
Posted by tango princess
2/27/2013  12:06:00 PM
argentine tango can be done in 2/4 3/4,and 4/4 time. but 2/4 time is the traditional time signature for tango. 3/4 is tango vals (waltz)
Re: Time signature
Posted by O.K.
2/28/2013  2:26:00 AM
International Style Tango. 2/4 is from a book printed several years ago.
Nobody can make an Orchestra record in 2/4 if they find it doesn't sell to the genral public. If they relied on ballroom dancers only to buy their product they would go out of business. As previously written you may find it hard to find a recently recorded 2/4 Tango. And if we look at the Tempos from Dancesport USA for the Tango . What does it say. 31 Bars Per Minute. That is 31.. 1234's in one minute.
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