If its over rated or not is hard to say but I personally find it very important.
Being a part time musician myselfe, while plaing in bands rehersing or on a gig I have allways been counting beats and measures and timed intros, brakes and endings wich in music allways relate to rhythm. While I am playing rhythm guitar in a Dixiland band and going 1-2-3-4-1-2-3-4...etc for 3 hours on a gig. When I ski I also try to keep a good rhythm. Basicly, good skiiers have good rhythm in their skiing.
Pierre, I think you are confusing things here, keeping a consistent rhythm going is by no means a limiting factor. However, I know what you are implying by saying:
Originally Posted by Pierre
I think over reliance on rhythm pre determines the path of ones skies and makes it hard to bail out at any time.
But this is just because many skiiers make a trun rely on the previous one. This is not a proper way of linking turns. And your darn wright, it will make it impossible to bail out once something happens. And you shouldent try to go to fast, but none of the abowe has anything to do with rhythm. Rhythm can be slow as well. And then you have the rhythm of the pist you are skiing to take in consideration. You have to be prepared all the time to adjust your rhythm to the terrain. For instance FIS mogul skiing will give you points for keeping a consistent rhythm but thats all wrong in my book. You have to listen to the music and feel the terrain. A mogul run has to be skiied according to the moguls. A WC slalom race according to gates set.
Talking about rhythm.... I was partisipating in jet annother amusing Teacher education seminar on friday and one workshop came up with the following rhythm for an exersise: 1 2 threeeeeee 1 2 threeeeee... etc (first 2 truns short and the 3rd one long). I pointed out that it is 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 etc. You just make the 3 last twise as long as the 1 and the 2. In musical terms we call it a half note. It lasts half the beat. In this case 3 and 4. The 1 and the two are quarte notes (4/4).
ssh, you havent made any comment to my post on your video thread!