Mudcat Café message #2438539 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #114316   Message #2438539
Posted By: mandotim
12-Sep-08 - 01:39 PM
Thread Name: Wrong speeds, tunes and instruments?
Subject: RE: Wrong speeds, tunes and instruments?
The band I play in has a dual purpose. Some of the time we are a bluegrass band, and sometimes we are a barn dance band. Speed is entirely dependent on context. Bluegrass audiences tend to want us to really rip it up, whereas dance crowds want a tempo they (and the caller) can manage. I also play a lot of Celtic stuff on the mandolin, and I used to tear into reels at breakneck speed. I've learned over time that 'as fast as you can' isn't usually 'as well as you can', so I've slowed things down a bit. Or perhaps I'm getting old...