Some basic guidelines for BPMs are:
East Coast Swing: 120-200 BPM (removing the triple steps will help you dance faster)
Lindy Hop: 105-190 BPM
Charleston: 200-250 BPM
Blues: 20-75 BPM
THESE ARE GUIDELINES!!! All of these styles can be danced faster or slower depending on your personal style and skill level. There is going to be some overlap and it's tons of fun to be able to switch back and forth between styles as you go! As for figuring out the BPMs of songs you are listening too there are a multitude of apps for your smartphone that let you tap along to the beat. For Iphone I recommend Beetronome and on android BPMCounter works great. The website www.beatsperminuteonline.com works similarly from your laptop.
In the next week I will be posting spotify playlists on the university swingers spotify containing songs that I love for each of the styles mentioned above so don't forget to check that out at open.spotify.com/user/universityswingers!!!
Finally, if you find songs you'd like to hear at lessons send them to me on facebook or my spotify acount and I'll try to make sure they get played!
Your Media Manager,
The purpose of this blog is to broaden our knowledge of music, and specifically the music that we dance to. To best understand and improve our dancing, we must increase our understanding of music. We can easily keep a beat and dance in time, but music is much more than just a metronome for us to step to. Songs convey emotions, and have structures (forms) that they follow. With each new blog post, we’ll discuss new characteristics of swing songs. Ideally, this will inspire drive to listen to more swing music outside of dance events. Following each post, a description of a song will be presented and it is up to you as a dancer and appreciator of music to decide what to do with the new knowledge. Each song description works as a listening guide to help you find songs with a particular aspect. This first scavenger hunt is pretty simple, find a song that:
- Makes you want to swing dance: There are plenty of songs that we like to dance to, but be specific to swing. It has to make you want to triple-step.
- Has a trumpet solo: For the beginners in music, this means that the song has to have an extended amount of time where the main focus of listening is on a trumpet.
Everyone is encouraged to send the media-managers their song selection to be considered for Wednesday night snowballs and other future dance events.
Send this to: universityswingers on spotify
- click "share"
- "send to" universityswingers
- and enter "swingers soundtable submission" in the "say something about this song" area