Today we have our second tutorial filmed with Paloma Gómez.
If you missed the first tutorial you can find it here.
Just like the last exercise, Paloma dances with castanets. If you don't play castanets you can just learn the phrase and use your arms as you normally would.
Before we start, take a look at the video below to see the exercise demonstrated by Paloma.
What do you notice?
- The rhythm is a 3 beat cycle
- The castanets play with contratiempo
- There are two main directions - front and left diagonal
- There are two quick turns in the middle of the phrase
- The focus (direction of the head) when it changes is very clear
Take a look at the gallery below to see a break down of the phrase at each beat. Remember, we've just called out the major movements of the arms and body. To study the exercise properly you'll need to watch the videos.
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Here is a demonstration of the exercise from the front. Firstly at normal speed and then slowed down slightly.
From the back.
Before we get to looking at the castanets in detail, Paloma marks the exercise slowly without playing her castanets.
Finally we have a demonstration of the castanet pattern used for the phrase.
Here is the castanet pattern written out for easy reference.
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We hope you enjoy practicing this exercise. Please let us know how you get on in the comments.