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Mini-Guinea San Diego, April 2010, day 3

Permanent Linkby michi on Thu Apr 29, 2010 7:09 am

Today, Group 1 reviewed Zaouli 5 for about 15 minutes, and then moved on to Zaouli 6. We got most of the way through the break--only two more phrases missing, which we'll do tomorrow.

Group 2 reviewed Dibon and then moved on to Zaoli 7. They got about halfway through that break.

Monette and Mamady announced that on Sunday, they'll have everyone over for a late afternoon/early evening party. Sadly, I won't be able to attend because I'll be flying to San Francisco on Friday night and will come back only on Monday morning. (I'm visiting long-time friends there for the weekend.)

Mamady announced that, for week 2, he'll be splitting the groups differently, according to skill level. He said that's because he recognizes that some of the advanced people have come from far away and he wants to make sure that they get properly challenged. Seeing how the first three days have shaped up, I'm not at all sure that I want to be challenged any further... ;-)

The pyramid class today was spent growing the intro. Basically, for Sira, we have a short simple break at the beginning that is repeated a few times, and then the rhythm launches into the real intro. That's one humdinger of an intro. So far, the intro goes on for 2 minutes and 40 seconds, but that's not all of it yet. There is still another 30+ seconds to go. With phrases changing every 5 to 10 seconds, that's already a serious strain on memory... I'm yet again amazed at how Mamady manages to get people of fairly average skill level to play this stuff. When I first heard the intro in its entirety, I thought "There is no way you are going to pull this off with that group of people." And, bingo, two days later, the same group of people are playing a break that truly pushes the envelope. It really is amazing...

Seeing that this is still the first rhythm of the pyramid, that's going to be one hell of a pyramid--the kind of pyramid that rivals the ones in Gizeh...

I'm looking forward to tomorrow. Each day has been better than the previous one so far. The energy level is really high, with lots of laughter and clowning during class (including some first-rate acts by Mamady--he could have been a top-notch comedian too). People are energized and really amazed by how much of their capabilities are being unlocked at this workshop.
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