View Poll Results: Do you like slow or upbeat music better?

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  • Slow

    9 13.64%
  • Upbeat

    28 42.42%
  • Neither --> Ugh skating music is boring anyway you spin it

    1 1.52%
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Thread: Slow vs. Upbeat music

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    Slow vs. Upbeat music

    I've always been a fan of more upbeat music vs. slow because a competition full of slow music can become quite tedious and boring for me. I was wondering if people felt the same way. Slow, or upbeat?

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    I need a choice for "Depends on the skater" or "Both".

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    I was going to put "depends on the skater" but then I was pretty sure that everybody would pick that option, because if you can't really decide its answers like that, that people pick. Sorry!

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    Great poll Char!

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    I ended up with In Between.


    I can see where a whole competition of slow music would get old even though I love it. I was at a practice session for last year's Nationals and ended up with a 5-10 minute nap because I was so tired. The music playing during that time was very soothing and helped ease me into a slight coma. One of guards was laughing at me when I woke up and told me to get some coffee.

    On the other hand, I get really irritated with 100% peppy. No one can be that happy all the time.

    I've got to have both.

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    It depends on the skater or my mood. Sometimes I am in the mood for something soft and lyrical. There are other times where I really want something fast and loud....and that usually is in the car! As for skating, well, that really does depend on the skater. I love to see Michelle skate to soft, lyrical numbers because she really relates so well to that type of music ("East of Eden", etc.). Jenny Kirk, on the other hand, seems to be at her best when she is skating to something lively and upbeat (like "Chicago").
    Last edited by BronzeisGolden; 12-28-2004 at 07:20 PM.

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    I like a combination of music that starts off slow, builds to a crescendo,and then ends slow. I also like the occasional upbeat rock or pop. The footwork segments always seem more impressive with more upbeat music to me. I would like to see skaters step out of their norm more, like Sasha or Johnny skating to something modern and upbeat, and someone like Jenny Kirk skating to Moonlight Sonata. Mix it up a bit.

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    I may be old but as I generallly prefer peppy.

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    I prefer, in general, upbeat music, but some skaters do slower music very well. Evgeni's Adagio SP is one of my favorite programs, as is Matt Savoie's SP from this year. Just absolutely stunning. Not all skaters can pull this off, however.......

    ......also however, many skaters can't do upbeat because they can't skate fast enough. One of my favorite dance songs is "Sandstorm" with Gregory and Petukhov use at the end of their program. They, or rather, she, can't skate fast enough to keep up with the music and then I just get annoyed. There are other examples of this, that's just the one that annoyed me the most.


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    Add me to the "upbeat" list. I tend to enjoy those programs more, especially if they're well-choreographed.

    As for slow music -- if you're going to skate to it, fine. Just make sure your speed is more or less matching the music; nothing more annoying than hearing slow, lyrical music, and having the skater(s) out there flying around at full throttle like they have to get to the airport or something.

    Piano concertos tend to be somewhere in between, and most programs done to them I don't like; I just don't feel that they flow well enough to properly skate to, tho I have seen some done well by Michelle Kwan, Elena Liashenko, and Alisa Drei.

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    Upbeat draws me into the program more. It's exciting & sets the stage for great footwork. I've always wondered why some skatrs would skate a full LP to a slow number like 'Otonal'....zzzzzzzzzz.

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    I like upbeat better but i like slow as well but I put upbeat. I like how skaters usually have one upbeat program and one classical slow program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpal2
    I ended up with In Between.


    I can see where a whole competition of slow music would get old even though I love it. I was at a practice session for last year's Nationals and ended up with a 5-10 minute nap because I was so tired. The music playing during that time was very soothing and helped ease me into a slight coma. One of guards was laughing at me when I woke up and told me to get some coffee.

    On the other hand, I get really irritated with 100% peppy. No one can be that happy all the time.

    I've got to have both.

    Same here.
    Heh, that was funny about the coffee bit.
    I love slow music often, but I love when music changes from slow to fast, it gets better, and then you can have a pretty move such as an arabesque and still have a great fast part for a jump.
    So in between for me. =D

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    I don't have a preference. As long as it is well interpreted it's what matters. Although too much of the same can get boring sometimes.

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    I agree that it totally depends on the skater. Upbeat music is great if the skater can keep up with it and sell it, like Annette Dytrt in her SP this last season (to Danse Macabre) or B&A's Elvis free dance, but if the skater doesn't have that quick quality, it doesn't really work in the same way. Then again, slow and beautiful music can also be great if it fits the skater, but can also be a bit boring! Especially if a lot of skaters use a similar tempo. I say mix things up, experiment, try different styles and tempos, but make sure you can keep up.

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