Dip Pull Sway

I created this song to help synchronize the oars as we we get going. Often when we first start out the rowers are all operating at slightly different rhythms. Over time I've discovered that a simple count works best to get everyone rowing in the same time signature.  But instead of counting 123-456-78 I have them count 123-123-12 because the boat seems to row best in this slightly asymmetrical pattern:  (Reach, Pull, Pause).  "Reach Pull Pause"  doesn't exactly roll of the tongue, so I improvised "Dip Pull Swing" which somehow does, and still gets the idea across.  By the time this video was taken the words had evolved to "Dip Pull Way", which makes even less sense but was easier to sing and really got the whole crew going.

This is a technique I learned in Ghana from the singing fishermen there, who would start off songs with words but over the course of a morning of fishing would shift into singing vocables or sounds that rolled off the tongue easily and motived the group to keep working through the hardest of the net hauling.  Works for rowing too, and is easier than keeping clever rhymes going...