Snake Dance Variations – Medleys

Musicarta Beat and Rhythm, Snake Dance series

You will naturally want to experiment and create your own Snake Dance 'syncopation challenges'. You can isolate an interesting rhythm from any piece of music and see if you can play the Snake Dance to it.

The Snake Dance is not a hard piece of music to write down - and you have plenty of examples to work from in the workbook. Beat maps also are quite intuitive.

In neither case do note values have to be absolutely precise. Think of writing your ideas down as 'for your eyes only' - and simply a way of remembering your performance.

Medleys

Medleys of Snake Dance variations are a good way to build a memorable (and amusing!) concert performance. Variations One to Four, which you have just worked through, are already 'medleys' of two different versions. All you need is to give yourself time to get from one variation to the next, and an obvious ending.

The following archived original Snake Dance videos might give you some ideas, as well as a 'test drive' model to try and keep up with.

Here's the second original 'challenge' video.

Here is a ready-made medley performance.

If you have worked through the Snake Dance series of build-up lessons and the Variations, putting together your own three- or four-part medley will be well within your capabilities.

The manuscript for the two video sequences, along with the MIDI files for you to play on MidiPiano for study purposes, are included in the workbook download.


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