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Dick The Box How to play Morris tunes? (65* d) RE: How to play Morris tunes? 22 Feb 08

Comments for Cotswold.....

Play for the dancers not for yourself. Watch them at all times.

Don't be afraid to vary the pace to encourage lift.

What you leave out of a tune can be as important as what you put in.

Avoid large groups of musicians unless they are well practised and know what they are trying to achieve - lowest common denominator kicks in otherwise.

Percussion (especially drums) should be avoided unless played well. Percussion is often provided by non-musicians. An unvarying beat is more suited to North West. A random beat is deadly for averyone.

If you can, be a dancer as well (even if it is just at practises) - you will then understand what you are trying to achieve in your music.

Lastly, enjoy yourself!!!!

Richard Ashe - Great Western Morris

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