Re: Aikido and Music
I train at the same place as Cherie, so what she said about the music from outside applies to me too. That said, I used to train in pentjak silat. Music is traditional there, usually gamelan. Seeing as none of us liked gamelan (I'm ok with it, but it rarely strikes my fancy) we used other music.
Music or no music. It didn't really matter. Yes, you picked up a rhythm and tempo from music. The real trick was then changing yourself so it was different from the external stimuli. An interesting practice to be sure, but I wonder how necessary it really is. Aikido is sometimes called "dance like" but pentjak actually refers to that.
IOW, I don't know.