In the level 5 test of Saxophone Abrsm, there is a song with high "appearing rate": Tango till you drop. In Abrsm, many examinees will choose this music to play. Six Months Rebellion Music will put the link to this music below, andyou can search this music to listen to it. After listening to it, you will understand why everyone chooses this music to play.


Tango till You Drop! by Richard Kershaw (ABRSM Grade 5 Saxophone)


   This piece of music has a strong style of tango. It is a very meaningful and interesting piece of music for both practice and appreciation. Secondly, the mode of this piece of music is relatively simple. It is easy for many young examinees to master, and the playing time of this piece of music is short, so it will be very friendly to some young girls. So, are you ready to learn this music?


Tango Style:





   This piece of music was composed by the composer Richard Kershaw and was selected from the Latin Night. If we want to play this piece of music well, we must first understand tango and Latin style. Generally speaking, tango refers to tango dance, which is a kind of duet dance originated in the Midwest of America and belongs to Latin dance at the earliest stage. This is also the reason why this music was selected from Latin Night. But different from the passionate Latin dance, people's facial expressions are more serious when they perform tango, and their dancing posture is very vigorous, which requires strong eye and body contact between male and female dancers. Therefore, we must pay attention to the sense of strength and rhythm in the performance of the music, and show the passion and boldness of tango dance with the style of saxophone.



Music difficulties:


1. Rhythm type of tango style



   Because this piece of music has a strong tango style, there will inevitably be many rhythm types with strong characteristics in the music: syncopated notes, the pattern starts with an eighth note then comes two sixteenth notes, etc. We need to pay attention to playing these rhythm types, we must play more prominently and enhance contrast, only in this way can the style of music be more prominent.


   Many students will play syncopated notes very evenly when learning them. However, the syncopated notes in this piece of music should play the first and third notes of the syncopated notes shorter. When playing the second note, they need to play the notes more heavily and longer to highlight the characteristics of the syncopated notes. When playing the pattern starts with an eighth note then comes two sixteenth notes, we need to play the 16 minute notes more flexibly, just like a tango dancer jumping.



2. Triplet


   Many students are nervous when they play the triplet, because they are very afraid of playing it like a punctuation note. In this piece of music, when we play the trilogy, it is like a dancer walking and sliding. We need to play the trilogy with a sense of movement and tension. Therefore, when we play the trilogy of this piece of music, we can appropriately increase the playing strength, so that our trilogy has a more boldness, in order to imitate the dance steps and spirit of tango dancers.



3. Tonguing



   It is not difficult to find that tonguing appears from time to time in this piece of music. Seeing this, students will think that the teachers will ask you to perform your voice cleanly, quickly and forcefully. Of course, a good tonguing requires the above characteristics. If we carefully observe, we will find that the utterance here is like imitating the dancer's fixed position, and the dancers usually pause at this time. Therefore, when we play the tonguing in this piece of music, we need to play more cleanly, forcefully and elastically. It is forbidden to perform the vocalization rigidly, and it should reflect the beauty of strength and posture of dancers.



4. Accent


Tango dance has a strong style and characteristics, usually this style will also be shown in the music beat and accent. Generally speaking, tango is 2/4 beats or 4/4 beats. But no matter what time the music is, the accent of tango music is on the first and third beats, which is also the unique characteristic beat of tango. If you feel that you have difficulty in mastering the tango style, you might as well try to change the accent in your music, and your music will certainly change a lot.


   The following is the tango dance music recommended by Six Months Rebellion Music. You can enhance your understanding of this dance music before playing tango style music, so that you will feel more comfortable playing music of related styles.


A. Piazzolla. Libertango