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Archive for January 14th, 2010

When I Sense It

Posted by terrepruitt on January 14, 2010

Recently I had a brief conversation with one of my Nia buddies regarding a routine. She had asked if it was easy to bar. I admitted to her that barring for me was difficult, but that some songs were easier to bar than others.

Later that same evening I was listening to music from a routine I have not learned yet.  I found myself stopping what I was doing and starting to do the dance that was associated with the song that was playing. I laughed because I realized that I was ready to learn the moves to the song. That is how it is with me. I will listen to the music over and over and over again. When I find myself saying, “What? What is this song? There is a kata to it?” When I don’t even recognize the song, then I know I am no where near ready to learn that set of movements. So I keep listening to the music over and over.  When I find myself stopping what I am doing to do the moves or at least going over the moves in my head as the song is playing then I know that is when my body, my brain, and my spirit is ready to learn the moves. Otherwise it is a struggle for me.

It is so much easier to learn the routine well, when you can sense the moves.  It is like you already basically know them and all you have to do is map out the music and put the moves on the paper where they actually belong.  Doing the workout to the routine DVD over and over is one of the steps in the first set of steps in learning the routine.  And I see why.  Listening to the music over and over is one thing that is recommended too.  And I see how these two things are important in learning a routine.

I also have learned that not only do I benefit from listening to it over and over, it helps to listen to the music on a variety of devices.  I teach in two different facilities and the sound system at the Park and Rec building in San Carlos is very different than the sound system at the studio in San Jose.  It it almost as if I need to learn different musical clues for each facility because the systems are so different.

As I said some music is easier for me to learn than others, but when I stick to learning it when I sense it, when I am ready to learn it, it works for me.

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