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Salsa Timing - How To Go From On1 To On2 Salsa Timing In One Day

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					When, I started dancing salsa, I first learned On1. It was only after couple of years
after I had become proficient at dancing On1 that I made the switch to dancing On2.
In this article, I am going to give you 5 tips to help you to go from On1 salsa timing to
On2 salsa timing in one day.
I still remember that one day I simply decided that I wanted to learn On2. Here is
shortly how I did it.

Tip # 1 - Find The 2nd Beat By First Listening To The First Beat

If you can already hear the first beat of the music, realize that this means that you can
then also easily find the second beat of the music. As you count the music, the second
beat comes after the first one. When I simply state this it sound simple, right? That is
because finding the second beat of the music really can be that simple. When you
want to start to dance On2, rather than try to first trying to find the second beat of the
music, simply find the first beat and then continue to counting the music and finding
the second beat of the music will become easy.

Tip # 2 - Think Of Dancing On2 In Terms Of On1

When you first switch from On1 to On2 and you think that you now have to learn to
hear and be able to find the second beat of the music, you will have made the process
of switching timing much harder than it has to be. When I went from dancing from
On1 to On2 in one day, I did it by first emphasizing the first beat of the music also
with my feet.

In other words, I still counted the first beat of the music, but instead of stepping
forward with my left foot (as a leader) on the first beat of the music, I simply stepped
in place with my left foot. I had mastered finding the first beat of the music, so I just
thought of the entire process in terms of emphasizing the first beat of the music, but
just taking that step in place with my left foot and then continued by taking my second
step back with my right foot on the second beat (This are the steps for a leader in New
York Style when dancing with a partner).

So rather than trying to master emphasizing the second beat right away, start by
emphasizing the first beat in your mind, and then simply proceeding with the correct
steps from there.

Tip # 3 - Learn To Recognize The Tumbao

Tumbao is a rhythm that is played with the Congas. If I tried to make the sound into
words, it might sound something like: "Cu,Cum.. Pa, Cu, Cum.. Pa". With counting it
would go, 8,and, 2,4,and,6. The Pa sound is always on the the counts 2 and 6. Since
dancing On2 emphasizes the second and the sixth beat of the music, eventually
learning to recognize this rhythm will help you stay on count and add more feeling to
your dancing. Once you become familiar with salsa timing and rhythm, learning to
recognize and emphasize certain rhythms in the music will make salsa more enjoyable
for you and will continue to help you toward mastery of the dance and music.

Tip # 4 - Practice, Practice, Practice

Although, I went from dancing On1 to On2 in one day, it took me much longer to
actually get more and more comfortable with emphasizing the second and the sixth
beat of the music. One of the ways I got better quickly was simply practicing the
counting and the correct steps consciously over and over again. When I was cleaning
the house, I put some salsa on and practiced my steps or when I went to a salsa club
out of town, I took every opportunity I could to ask as many followers to dance with
me to continue practicing my steps.

And there you have it. Learn and apply these simple tips and I promise you will be
able to master any salsa timing and count you want with ease.

				
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