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ChickenMan - Posted - 04/15/2021:  08:35:16


quote:

Originally posted by old cowboy

I do not care for playing a tune faster than it was meant to be played. For instance, most people think the faster you play a song the better. Take Old Joe Clark for example. Most fiddlers want to play way faster than it was meant to be played. In my opinion it sounds so much better at the right tempo.






The show offs think 'faster is better' laugh but really it's kind of subjective. Most tunes are/were dance tunes. Dance tempo varies regionally from, say, a bouncy 110bpm (easy contra tempo) to a zippy140bpm* (clogging speed in MO). Convert the tune to bluegrass and who knows what you'll get, though some tunes were written to be played fast (Wheel Hoss... another G tune.. Roanoke?).



 



*Not looking for a discussion about BPM. Tempos listed are not absolutes, just examples of a variety of dance tempo. 

Brian Wood - Posted - 04/15/2021:  09:16:58


quote:

Originally posted by ChickenManDance tempo varies regionally from, say, a bouncy 110bpm (easy contra tempo) to a zippy140bpm*




I play contra dances occasionally and agree that 110 is a normal tempo for dances. But I would say that's fairly fast for lots of players. There are lots of tunes I can't play that fast either even if I want to. Depends partly on how notey a tune is. For the most part I do appreciate fast playing on many tunes. Try playing with recordings and you'll see how fast many actually are. You might not have noticed because the playing doesn't sound rushed. That's the key, being able to play to speed without noticeable effort.

Earworm - Posted - 04/25/2021:  09:11:33


I think it's like taking a slow walk along the path you drive past often. You think you know it well, until you slow down and really look.

I am sorry - this is a non-sequitur from an earlier post - replying to: @BR5-49
"...So practicing slow in order to play fast later can be a stumbling block."


Edited by - Earworm on 04/25/2021 09:19:27

TuneWeaver - Posted - 04/25/2021:  13:28:37


quote:

Originally posted by Earworm

I think it's like taking a slow walk along the path you drive past often. You think you know it well, until you slow down and really look.



I am sorry - this is a non-sequitur from an earlier post - replying to: @BR5-49

"...So practicing slow in order to play fast later can be a stumbling block."






The idea behind my original topic post was that I wanted to be able to play slow enough to be able to see how to use my Bow so that it 'danced' through the tune... I had to go slower and slower to find glitches (uncertainties/jerking) in how I was bowing.....that Idea may have been either misrepresented by me or lost in the topic thread...!!! Playing slowly, like you implied, can be compared to taking a slow walk and thereby seeing what is really around..

Dick Hauser - Posted - 05/18/2021:  07:51:56


I have said this before, but here I go again. I start out each practice session by playing 20 waltzes one time each. It seems to help me with bow control, tone, and relaxation. Keeps my notation reading skills "up to snuff" as well. Waltzes seem to have more "tricky" things than the average fiddle tune.

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