QUOTE(Dulciana @ Oct 22 2006, 09:14 PM)
Why don't you actually ask the examiner when you go in?! "Hey, I hope you don't mind me asking this, but how do you feel about tapping feet, 'cos I find it really hard not to."
An exam, in my opinion, should be akin to a performance, rather than a dry atmosphere, and I'm sure the examiner would like to see you at ease.
I love the idea of being relaxed/confident enough to negotiate with the examiner on this; in practice I've never said a word to the examiner other than a somewhat nervous greeting. I've now started a thread on this very topic!
QUOTE(Manek @ Oct 22 2006, 09:22 PM)
I don't see what everybody has against foot-tapping... I always do it (probably comes from being a drummer) but my clarinet teacher has taken to standing on my feet to prevent it!
Why? What's so wrong?
The very core of music is the pulse... Without the beat, there's no real rhythm, so no real music...
I'd say it's OK to sway, tap, dance, hum during the rests etc...!! After all - if you go to watch a real jazz musician perform, they will do all of those... So if you're playing a jazz piece, why not play it like a real jazz musician? Surely that makes the performance better? If you were playing a baroque piece, it'd be a good thing to play it just as Bach would have done... So if you're playing a swing piece, it'll be a good thing to play it just as, say, Benny Goodman would have done... Including all the swaying, tapping, shouting, wrong notes and all of that!!
Oh yes, love it, let's get carried away with it!!
[sighs] ... back to reality....
I can imagine that examiners don't like to see you tapping your feet because they take the view that you should have the rhythm in your head rather than "relying on" your feet, as it might appear. Although I agree that when playing jazz, you're not tapping your feet as a "rhythm aid", you're doing it because the music makes you do it. I've been trying to play my piece without tapping my feet, and it does feel very unnatural. I don't have this problem when playing other genres, and I would much rather just be totally natural when playing a swing/jazz piece ....