Recurring patterns are a recurring pattern

We had an interesting recurring pattern/rhytm in the step class yesterday: STOMP-2-3 STOMP-2-STOMP-4-5. Much harder to explain than I anticipated…
Let’s break it down:
STOMP-2-3
Say you start with the right foot: STOMP means bringing down hard/transferring all your weight to that foot on top of the step (on the left side of the step, so you’re moving on the diagonal).
-2 means giving a step with your left foot on the ground (not on the step).
-3 means giving a step with your right foot on the ground, placing yourself just right for the next movement, which is:

STOMP-2-STOMP-4-5
STOMPing now with the left foot on the right side of the step twice, which means that you need to give one step in between on the ground with your right foot, and then 2 steps on the ground again to take you back to the single STOMP-part.

It’s much easier when you see it, hear it and experience it yourself, but I’m sure you get the “sense” of what I mean :-).

In any case. On my way home from step, I had this recurring Taiko rhythm in my head: 1-2-3-4 1-2-3-4 1-2-3-4 1-2-3-4.
Use both hands and alternate: hit the table/steering wheel/what ever for each number. The bold numbers mean you hit harder.

I realise you’re busy, so let me cut to the chase: The STOMP-2-STOMP part sounds the same as the 1-2-3-4 part.

Noticing this similarity, made me aware of how big a role recurring patterns have in my life at the moment. Karate: consists of programming your body with recurring patterns of blocks and punches and kicks. Obesity: a manifestation of recurring patterns of eating in order to escape. Vocal training warming up exercises: recurring patterns of notes.

Incidently, the research proposal is progressing quite nicely… of course, corpus translation studies is the environment to investigate …. (you guessed it!) …. RECURRING PATTERNS!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ria
    Mar 25, 2011 @ 21:53:12

    has Ursula been teaching you : pa ra did dels…?
    hitting the drum : R L RR and then: L R LL

    so, do 5 paradiddels and 4 radiddels… guaranteed you can’t get this out of you head…

    RLRR LRLL RLRR LRLL RLRR LRR LRR LRR LRR LRLL RLRR LRLL RLRR LRLL RLL RLL RLL RLL …. and so on….

    and by the way: recurring patterns are good for our brain…!!!

    groetjes,
    Ria,

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