Zapateado por Tangos

Zapateado por tangos | flamencobites.com

This is a classic step that everyone learns as they go through their flamenco education. You can play with it, pull it apart and use is the basis to build up a great little escobilla for tangos.

The basis of this step is the golpe tacón tacón pattern

The pattern of the footwork for the step is...    key: G = golpe  T = tacón   _ = no step

G T T G T T G T G T T G T T G T //  G T T G T T G T G  _ G G G

Remember the compás  pattern for tangos?

1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8

The total step consists of 2 compás of 8 beats which is then repeated 4 times for a total of 8 compás.

This step starts on 1 with the first golpe and works in double time so the way this step would be counted is..

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 +

The second compás is slightly different..

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 6 + 7  8

So we have..

G T T G T T G T G T T G T T G T  //  G T T G T T G T  G  _ G G G //

 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 +  //   1  + 2  + 3 + 4 + 5  6 + 7  8  //

repeat this 4 times and on the very last compás finish on count 7.

It seems complicated as I've tried to write it above but if you just listen to the melody of the footwork in the video below and then try to make the same sound, you will get there. 

 

 

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