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Old 05-01-2002, 01:11 PM   #17
Tom Iron Eagle
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There are some wonderful responses to this subject.

Just wanted to make sure that some people do not get the wrong impression when it comes to some Southern Songs and some Southeastern Songs.

If a drum rushes or messes up the tempo and rhythm then it is a problem and needs immediate attention - we seem to be all in agreement with that.

As mentioned before though not all Southern and for that matter even Southeastern Songs have what one would call honor beats -and if they do have them, they are done differently than with Northern Songs.

Pretty much most of us can tell when a drum has good tempo and rhythm. Just because the syle of how the honor beats may be different in a Southern Song may not mean that drum has a problem with rushing or tempo or rhythm. At alot of Southern or Southeastern dances I see many Northern dancers having a hard time getting used to the difference in some of these honor beats and even some endings. Sometimes the dancers complain saying the drum is bad (and that is very possible). But at times the compliants are not warranted - the dancers is just not aquainted with a different style.

If you do alot of traveling and attend events with all kinds of drums then make sure you get aquainted with the various styles of singing and drumming. And if a drum is really rushing or if a drum is really bad then you have to make some decisions about dancing to that drum. And if you think a drum needs help or speaking to then make sure you do everything correctly or find the correct way to approach the issue.
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