Here's a new one for the experienced players to work on during the break. I know we had been strategising rehearsals to focus on getting just a couple of tunes really tight but this homework period seems like a good opportunity to get a few more simple pieces into our memory banks. It's a favourite beginners dance so there's a good chance we'll get to accompany live PENARI when we play it. Only two parts*, and they're basically the same thing at different speeds. Very different speeds!
In a classic Balinese Gamelan manouvre all the tricks are shown off in the first 30 seconds: slow; fast; soft; loud; late entries; end breaks... so don't freak out by the rapid changes, it all makes sense once we've learned the ANGSELS, later.
*of course there's always more when I say there's "only something something..."
The kotekan isn't too tricky, especially once you recognise the repeated cell (2nd one is inverted) and remember the 4th and 8th are different. It is, however, quite fast and that's the challenge. We want it to be completely automatic so the only thing to concentrate on is which angsel is coming next.
This next video was my first attempt at a Pendet lesson. I have a lot to learn about technology and why this video slowly slips out of synch with the sound, sorry. I think I know what the problem is but I'm a bit pressed for time to fix it.