We’d like to inspire you to take the body percussion journey
New Balkan Rhythm workshops is our way to bring body music and irregular rhythms closer together, and closer to you. When we perform our concert, we perform all of these songs in a bit more complex musical arrangements. As professionals, we strive for excellence. We are in this place where we came step by step. And we would like to share these steps with you!
Body music is really a tool that anyone can use to make music. That is why we teach different than we perform. We made workshops that you can easily follow and that will inspire you to take the body music journey yourself.
One step at the time is what makes the journey
One element at the time is how you learn body percussion with New Balkan Rhythm workshops
What we recommend is to work first on one of the two: singing or body percussion. The lyrics have a rhythm themselves, so, if you first learn the song it will help you to learn the rhythmic patterns more easy. But the opposite works as well.
There is not really a right or wrong way to do it and do as you prefer. The only thing you shouldn’t do is overburden your body and brain by trying to do too many things at once at the beginning. As any skill, it grows over time and in the end you can even have a conversation while playing body percussion.
Furthermore, when you work on body percussion patterns, start from the accents, with your stomping or clapping, depending on which marks the first in the beat. Adding elements one by one can be helpful. Also, try working on a pattern for five to ten minutes and then doing something else. You will see how it gets much easier over time – and if you sleep it over, it becomes natural. The body remembers. Well, not really muscles or bones, because the nerve cells that remember are in the brain. Anyway the statement above has the truth to it, even if it is not literally so.
Body music gets under your skin and rhythms from Balkans have a drive of their own. Playing them with your body is the most natural way to dance to them. Let’s make music by dancing!
Learn about Body Rhythm, great festival in Hamburg!
Join us in Ljubljana, Prulček, on 18th of March at 6 PM for a body music workshop, to sing and dance and learn some Balkan body music.
The article was written for Serbian portal nova.rs by Ana Vrbaški – About the impossible and the roots – about body music and Alice in WonderBand.
We’ll meet on International day of body music online to teach you irregular rhythms from the Balkans and other juicy rhythmical stuff with addition of singing.
Body music group from the Balkans, Alice in WonderBand: debut album RikaTaka New Balkan Rhythm, festival New Balkan Rhythm and more
New Balkan Rhythm workshop of odd/irregular rhythms, body percussion and world music will be held by Alice in WonderBand online. Join us!
New Balkan Rhythm workshop of odd/irregular rhythms, body percussion and world music will be held by Alice in WonderBand monthly online. Join us!
New Balkan Rhythm workshop of odd/irregular rhythms will be held by Alice in WonderBand online on International day of body music.
Ruse kose is a traditional song from Serbia. Learn body music and body percussion and irregular rhythms from Balkans with our YouTube workshops!
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