Technique

Rhythm is irrelevant

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Some time in the not-too-distant future you will find yourself in a tango class in which the teachers are desperately and unsuccessfully trying to get the students to move only with melodic notes.

Hope that you have not by then tuned your dance to an impervious metronome.

Rhythm in fact is a trap which limits your musicality. It is only one possibility.

Follow an instrument you like, or better, just let the music flow through you. Charming marks are those who know small details of the melody and move toward it as it comes, placing my toes in the tinkle of the piano’s adornment.

What matters to the revel is that her mark is feeling the music, not that he is following some arbitrary abstract interpretation of it.

Try not to learn to count.

The only thing that matters for musicality is that you have a relationship with the music.

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