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Joachim Kettner


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Post Posted 21 May 2017 6:26 am     Reply with quote

Has anybody else heard that expression or did I dream it up. Jt's supposed to fit when people clap on the first instead of the second beat.
I recall that Neil Young stopped singing when the audience did this, probably because it threw him off. Here's an example:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1kwouW6ZHg
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Brooks Montgomery


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Post Posted 21 May 2017 7:25 am     Reply with quote

you're opening this up to ex-wife jokes......
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Joachim Kettner


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Post Posted 21 May 2017 7:56 am     Reply with quote

Question
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Jerry Hayes


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Post Posted 21 May 2017 8:13 am     Reply with quote

I thought this thread was going to be about a social disease that only white people got....JH in Va.
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Andy Jones


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Post Posted 21 May 2017 8:29 am     Reply with quote

I used to play mandolin in a very good Bluegrass band years ago.I absolutely hated it when people started clapping.The setting was usually quiet and you could hear each other well until the clapping started.It would have been better if people were in time,but that was not to be.Clapping always sucked unless the song was over,IMHO.

Sort of like going to a concert to hear someone you really liked and all you could hear was clapping and screaming.
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Joachim Kettner


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Post Posted 21 May 2017 8:30 am     Reply with quote

Yes Jerry you got it. Caucasian is often used for the white race.
Listen to this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--qv9SI6vws
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Rick Barnhart


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Post Posted 21 May 2017 8:45 am     Reply with quote

Haha, I think Jerry meant the other word, Joachim.😂
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Joachim Kettner


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Germany
Post Posted 21 May 2017 8:59 am     Reply with quote

Should this be in Humour now? I was expecting more serious answers, except Andy. Nobody heard of this before? And I don't mean the decease, whatever mean thing this is. Confused
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Rick Barnhart


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Post Posted 21 May 2017 9:12 am     Reply with quote

Maybe the subtle humor doesn't translate across the pond. In any case, Connick is an amazingly talented musician. Smooth how he recognized the off-count beat and corrected it.
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Joachim Kettner


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Post Posted 21 May 2017 9:16 am     Reply with quote

Smile
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Mike Neer


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Post Posted 21 May 2017 11:52 am     Reply with quote

There is a great video of Harry Connick Jr. Playing in France where the soulless clapping is going on, and he actually turns the beat around to make the claps on 2 and 4. It was fantastic!
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Jeff Garden


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Center Sandwich, New Hampshire, USA
Post Posted 21 May 2017 12:28 pm     Reply with quote

Lots of people seem to be blessed(?) with "syncopated constipated clapping disorder" - watch the Grand Ol' Opry audience sometime in a "clap-along".

Brad Paisley's song "Alcohol" describes a remedy for those with timing problems Smile

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXxomeId_dw

(alcohol) "Been makin' the bars lots of big money,
And helping white people dance."
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Charlie McDonald


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Post Posted 22 May 2017 4:54 am     Reply with quote

I'm familiar with it, Joachim, but you're the first to give it a name.

Somebody told me that there are upbeat people and downbeat people.
BJ Thomas' band seemed to be struggling with the competition for the downbeat. Seems the audience was following itself.
When Connick added a beat, it seemed the clapping became a little smarter, following a stronger downbeat.
Masterful little bit of trickery, and the audience was happified even if they didn't grasp what he did. It was smooth manipulation.
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Bryan Staddon


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Post Posted 22 May 2017 5:48 am     There is a cure! Reply with quote

As your Doctor, I recommend 3 hours a day of James Brown music,
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Charlie McDonald


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Post Posted 22 May 2017 6:13 am     Reply with quote

... and don't call me in the morning.

Seriously, I imagine I was a boy when I discovered how the Caucasian kids clapped--they're all standing around the dance floor--
and how the folks from the other side of town did it. Their bodies are moving, swaying, bouncing on the downbeat
and clapping on the back.
It's particularly noticeable in gospel music; imagine an audience of downbeat people and upbeat people getting together on that.

Yeah, James Brown did a lot teaching white people how to dance.
He had the Beatles singing "It's got a back beat you can't lose it...." Or was that somebody else or all of us?

Consider the giant back beat of reggae music. Everybody drop....
Try clapping on the downbeat of that without feeling totally self-conscious.
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Barry Blackwood


Post Posted 22 May 2017 7:28 am     Reply with quote

Joachim, It's the clap heard 'round the world, not exclusive to just us here in the USA..
https://www.iorr.org/talk/read.php?1,1852012,1854222
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Joachim Kettner


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Post Posted 22 May 2017 7:40 am     Reply with quote

Quote:
but you're the first to give it a name.

As I said I've seen that term before, Charlie. Maybe in some of the comments for Mr. Connick's Boogie.

Good link, Barry.
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Charlie McDonald


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Post Posted 22 May 2017 9:23 am     Reply with quote

Great link. Polka is pretty downbeat. Polka bands would hate it if you clapped on 2 and 4. You'd be bustin the vibe.
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Andy Volk


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Post Posted 22 May 2017 11:15 am     Reply with quote

I just clap randomly regardless of the beat. It keeps everyone on their toes. Smile
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Joe Ribaudo


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Post Posted 23 May 2017 9:52 am     Reply with quote

Next time this happens, stomp your foot on 1 & 2. This will trigger the dormant Hill-Billy gene and they will begin clapping on 2 & 4.
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Craig Stock


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Post Posted 23 May 2017 7:01 pm     Reply with quote

Yes Joe, and then just add more Cowbell!
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