Movement to Music: Musicians in the Dance Studio

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APPENDIX 1
Reminders for Accompanists
The following suggestions for dance musicians provide shorthand reminders of many of the principles of improvised accompaniment presented in this book.
CHECKLIST FOR IMPROVISATION: QUESTIONS TO ASK QUICKLY
1. Basic energy shape?
2. Basic pulse or beat?
3. Meter or nonmetrical?
4. Phrasing (counts per phrase)?
5. General mood?
6. Overall musical style?
7. What instrument(s)?
8. Motion factor (smallest division of beat)?
9. Rhythmic motif that suggests or complements the movement?
10. Harmonic framework and choice of scale?
11. Texture: counterpoint or harmonic?
12. Bass line: standard pattern, ostinato, or new?
13. Inner figuration: what pattern?
14. Kind of touch (legato, staccato, etc.)?
15. Likely overall form: how long will it go on?
16. Possible melodic shapes or none?

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