alright, so I got my flame retardant coveralls on and I’ve braced myself, so now I’m ready to ask a question about foot tapping….
we have had quite a bit of discussion about foot tapping in regard to using foot taping to indicate whether something is in cut time or common time, but my question is much simpler than that
I don’t tap feet, do you?
I actually had a teacher break me of that habit. He told me that I was wasting mental energy that I needed to put into my instrument and not into my shoe leather. Made sense to me so I stopped doing it and played many years without tapping any feet at all
So how much importance do you place on foot tapping in your playing?
Do you ever actually practice foot tapping?
do your feet just tap without you thinking about it? (this was me before I was brainwashed, I mean "studied music at a university")
and finally, if you were helping someone play this music and they didn’t tap their feet, would you recommend it? would you go so far as to demand a student of yours tap their feet? or would you do like a teacher I had did and try and break them of the habit if they did tap their feet?