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The following diagram will show how sticks are tapped in this movement. Angles and numbers, as in p. 54, &c., represent the leader and partner, Nos. 1 and 2: the other pairs, of course, tap precisely as these two, odd and even numbers respectively.
The arrows between angles represent sticks. As tapping has now to be done with both ends of the sticks, these are shown in this way. The barbed end is the top, the feather the butt-end. The top is held always to the right—butt, or barb, to leftward of each dancer. The tapping will be shown bar by bar. The steps shown apply to all the dancers.
In the first bar of "B" music, No. 1, with top end, taps the butt of No. 2, on beats 3 and 4, thus:—
DIAGRAM OF STICK-TAPPING.
In the second bar of "B" music, No. 2, with top end, taps the butt of No. 1, on beats 3 and 4, thus:—
DIAGRAM OF STICK-TAPPING.
In the third bar of "B" music, No. 1 taps No. 2 precisely as in bar 1. Same step.
In the fourth bar of "B" music, No. 1 taps No. 2 on every beat, as follows:
First beat, No. 1, with butt end, taps No. 2 on top end.
Second beat, with top end, taps butt.
Third beat, with butt, taps top.
Fourth beat, with top end, taps top of No. 2.
Thus:—






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