Finding The Drum Beat With Dance

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drum and dance

Some of the dance instruction I do involved a lot of drumming.  Drumming adds that basic beat and our body moves to the beat.  We wanted to add some drumming into the studio where we teach dance and we found some people interested in learning to play the drums.

As I looked online, I came across Spencer Smith’s articles and website to share with some of the members of our dance studio.  We found a few drums online and followed his drum stick guide on finding a few different drum sticks to give us the best results.  Now it is time to learn how to play some basic drum beats.

Learning Some Basic Drumming Techniques

The first thing to getting started with playing the drums after you purchase your equipment is learning to read basic notes.  You don’t have to learn complicated beats, it is just easy to get started with three different notes that will appear on basic sheet music.  I found a website that explains music notes and how to read sheet music much better than I ever could.  Music Nuke explains it best:

When you are looking at sheet music or you are getting instruction from another person, you want to make sure that you understand each notes value.  Starting off with the basics, counting with a bar of 4/4.  This means that you will find 4 quarter notes in the measure.  The quarter note  is what is getting the individual count.  If you are starting out tapping out on your legs, you want to tap 4 equal beats with one of your hands.  This will give you the four beats per measure.  The 4 beats per measure are the quarter notes.

The notes that you will come across are whole, half, quarter, eighth, and sixteenth notes.  There will be other notes that you will run across as well like thirty second and triplets on occasion.  Starting with the whole note and moving down from there you will be breaking up the beats per measure.  So say if you have eighth notes in a bar then you would have 8 notes per measure.  When tapping out the beat or keeping track of how many notes you will have to count on the down beat as well as the up.  So when counting eighth notes you want to count off 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 while playing a note on the “and” as well as the number.   Read the rest here:


Youtube Video on How To Play Drums With Your Hands:

Getting started with drums is easier than you think.  We have included a few videos in this article that you can follow along with.  These are basic beats to get you started and feel comfortable behind the drum.  After we have a basic idea of rhythm we will be playing with music and dance.

Here is a video that will help anyone learn basic drum beats.  This is great way to learn how to play different drums at one time.  Learning limb independence is huge when learning.  Keeping good rhythm will be important through all of this.  Just remember that someone is dancing to a beat so it should remain consistent.

Video on keeping a basic beat:


Benefits of Music and Dance

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To me music is a language of the soul.  There is no other way for me to explain it.  It touches me with or without words and I can feel what the artist is trying to portray.  Sometimes music will make me sad to the point of tears while other times it leads to shear joy that makes me jump or dance.  It is that presence though that really gets me into the music.  When you are fully in the moment you can not help but move your body to something as beautiful as music.  So, let me get a little deeper into music and dance.

How Music Changed How I Danced

Couple DancingThere are so many different styles of dance and music out there.  Each are an art form that develops more and more over time.  The best part about all of this is each individual including yourself has a unique expression.  This will change as you start to follow your passion.  The more in tune you are with music, the more you will be able to find the rhythm of the music that you are listening too in your body.  Letting go and being present has changed so much of how I dance now.  It is something that makes us stare and be in awe at the person dance.  It is what is truly amazing about dance and how it captivates others.

When teaching dance, in the beginning you can see each student in their head trying to learn each dance move.  Then as a student evolves you can see them starting to relax and have fun.  After the student starts learning to have fun, they then are able to get more in their body and they have truly found the art of dancing.  This is where the magic happens and time stands still.  There are some students that give up before this happens and it is sad to see.  If you decide to take dance lessons, make sure to give yourself a chance to get into it fully.

The Dance of Life

There is even a dance of life out there that is happening in the world.  It is in the everyday moment and how you respond to it.  Sometimes you may have to roll up your sleeves and it doesn’t seem like a good dance, but do it anyway.  There is always a moment to be in joy instead of anger.  With a light heart you can do just about anything.

Watching children is one of the most amazing things you can do.  They are so light heart and are always moving.  It is just like watching someone dance, they are in the moment having a good time.  So it is time to ask yourself this, when am I going to find my own dance?  Keep a smile on your face and remember that we are all suppose to be having fun.  If you can’t find a smile, at least do something nice for yourself.


Classic Tango Music You can Dance To

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Tango Music That You Can Dance To

Getting ready to dance but you don’t have anything to listen to?  Check out this fantastic video with some of the most famous tango music around.  We have made this website for music and dancing.