Foot tapping is more about dance and feeling the tune than accuracy is it not?
I have read on here the pooh poohers of tapping saying that it is not an accurate way to keep time but I got to thinking that that is missing the point is it not?
I have been thinking that it is more about getting into the groove with your body and so more akin to dancing then time keeping.
I say it because I sort of have this barrier from reading those previous comments about it’s inaccuracy which has made me not actually learn to be able to tap properly as I feel this resistance that it is ‘wrong’ to do it. It is silly but I think to myself ‘what if I am someday in a classical orchestra and I learned this bad habit I would have a hard time stopping it’ even though I have never trained classical and have no intention of doing so.
I just have it dinned into my head that it is generally wrong and taboo somehow. I have tried it a couple of times though currently have not learned it properly such that it messes up my flow like tapping the head and swirling the stomach however when I do other things like bob my head or swing my shoulders they seem to have the same effect as what I imagine the tappers get.
But I am thinking maybe tapping is a more practical means or maybe I will prefer to be a swinger. I saw a cool video on comhaltas where this girl gets into a real swing while playing whistle with the shoulders and the head does a flourish when she is really feeling it. Check it out.
I would say I do none consistently but I want to experiment because the ‘dance’ ideas does make me feel it more and I think the process of feeling it more has the knock on effect of playing more ‘in the pocket’.