Notes on Playing Contra Dance Piano
Eric Anderson provides many ideas on how to play piano for contra dances in these notes taken from a live workshop.
Perpetual e-Motion Interview Series
Interviews with Perpetual e-Motion (Ed Howe, John Cote) on a variety of aspects of playing for contra dances including fiddling for dance, guitar rhythms for dance, fitting music and dance, acoustic playing, electronic effects, and doing your own sound.
From Dennis C Merritt
Assembling Sets for Contra
In this blog post, Jeff Kaufman explores some considerations to make when creating dance sets. Community discussion follows.
Matching Tunes to Dances
In this blog post, Jeff Kaufman provides some thoughts on how to match tunes to contra dances.
Should Square Music be ‘Square?’
This blog post discusses when (and if) tunes played for square dances should follow the 32-bar AABB format.
From the Dance Caller’s Journal
Playing Together with Style
In this blog post, The Last Gaspé reflect on what it takes to be good band and how to play together effectively.
In this blog post, Jeff Kaufman explains how to call chords during the middle of a dance so that fellow bandmates know where the chord progression is going.
Free Raisins Video Interview Series
In this video, series the Free Raisins (Amy Englesberg, Audrey Knuth, and Jeff Kaufman) talk about a variety of aspects of playing for contra dances with musical examples including phrasing, balancing rhythm and melody, varying chords, droning (pedaling), complex variations, balance of an evening, and evolution of a band.
From Dennis Merritt
Musicians Column: Aspects of Musicality
This article by violinist Martha Edwards explores the importance of phrasing when playing music for dancers.
From the CDSS News