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Understanding musicality in Tango- 2

Posted by kiran.sawhney@gmail.com on July 29, 2014 at 12:50 AM

Porteño milongueros have grown up listening to tango music. Just as we have grown up listening to Bollywood music. They know the beats, the pauses, syncopation, accent, etc.

If you pay attention and listen to the same music again and again, you can also get familiar with it. Understanding the lyrics and its meaning also helps. Spanish is not my mother tongue. But ever since, I started understanding the lyrics and its meaning, it helped. Do remember that tango songs use lunfrado a lot.

It is easy if you understand and divide the music in regular and irregular groups of music. Just as in Spanish we have regular verbs and irregular verbs which have different conjugations. 

The regular music, which is mostly from 1940's, the golden age of tango, is easy to understand. First pick up these and memorise them. Their beats are the same. They have 8 count, in phrases of 4 and 5 groups. 

In aerobics also we have 1 block of 32 beats. 8 x 4 beats. But this BPM (beats per minute) are much faster and hence we need to count them very quickly. Human resting heart beat, on an average, is 72 bpm. But of course, it varies with fitness levels.

If you pick a tango song and you are able to count first 32 beats (8 x4) in first 30 seconds, most probably it is a regular song. Tango songs are the closest to heart beat.

Irregular songs, on the other hand, would require more practice and discerning ear. You will have to listen to them over and over again.

Pick up your songs every week. Regular and irregular and see how your musicality improves dramatically. Regular songs will appear like a breeze.


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