how to find the right gymnastics floor music to let your most artistic self shine through
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gymnastics floor music: your guide to finding exactly what you're looking for
Before you go looking for gymnastics floor music, be sure you know the length of routines required for the particular competitive level that you are entering. While the piece of music may be cut, that might take technical skill that is outside your skill set, and will make the process of finding music that is ready to use take that much longer.
gymnastics floor music that is already to go is the easiest way to do it.
There are a number of companies that offer precut music. Here are some favorites:
Floor Express You can select these by level to make finding the right length a snap!
Tune Gym This one has a lot of unique cuts, and the price is right!
EnerGym This one makes it easy to choose by genre to find just what you're looking for.
Jump Twist This site offers an IOS App to assist you while you listen to samples.
you could also cut your own floor music. using royalty free music is a way to do it on the cheap.
Royalty Free Music I found a piece here for my last floor routine and cut it myself right in ITunes. I hear you can also cut music in Audacity!
tips for selecting gymnastics floor music
The number one thing is that you absolutely LOVE the music! First of all, you'll be listening to it more times than you've probably listened to any other music in your life. Two, if you love the music, your performance quality will be that much greater!
Judges like hearing a variety of sounds and tempos. Try to be sure the music you choose has enough variance so that you will be able to tumble, do dance parts and perform choregraphy to work seemlessly with the music. Furthermore, if your endurance is a bit lacking, try to include a slow portion that will allow you to catch your breath without messing up the flow!
Is your style more powerful or more graceful? By selecting music along that line, you will naturally be able to showcase your strengths more easily, eliminating unneccessary deductions.
Try some impromptu movement with the song on in the background. Does it feel natural? If so, great! If there is something you like, show it to your choregrapher so he or she can incorporate the movement into your routine.
When possible, find a piece that starts with a tone to indicate the music is starting to increase your confidence when competing, especially if your choreography starts as soon as the music does! This can be especially helpful in big arenas when the audio might not always be loud enough. The sound also can help whoever is playing music to adjust the volume as needed.
Try to resist the urge to do a super popular piece. No one wants to have the same music as three other people in the competition!
Plan on keeping your routine for two years on average. This helps with expenses and will increase your confidence and performance quality when it comes time to compete. It also is helpful to be familiar with your floor routine in the event that you'd like to upgrade your tumbling - then new choregraphy is one less thing to have to worry about!
Run a couple of pieces that you like by your choreographer and see if she or he has input on which would work best. Choreographers tend to know what will score well and what music will fit a particular style! This is especially true if your choreographer knows you well already.
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If you're thinking about competing, you may have wondered, "What level gymnast am I?" We have sample routines for you here to show you what routines look like at the various levels on the different apparatus.