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Guilty! Man, sometimes it is hard to not push tempos on this stuff. Sometimes it just starts too quick. Sometimes it creeps up. Sometimes both. It takes discipline to hold them back. 

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Comment by John Masciale on May 30, 2011 at 3:15pm
Mia culpa, but I'm learning.  I so completely agree Tim!  There are times when we want to fly through some of this material.  I'm learning that at times speed can take away from the music.   We like to fill the music with lots of notes and technique, and can forget that space is an important part of the music.  There can be too many notes, and sometimes I try to get to them too quickly.
Comment by Tim Twiss on May 30, 2011 at 5:27pm
I liked the tempos Joe Ayers chose on his "Old Dan Tucker" recording.
Comment by Tim Twiss on May 30, 2011 at 5:42pm
Rushing is just a natural tendency, especially when the performance is uncommon and exciting. I have listened back to the "barn recordings" from AEBG....always pushing fast...and then faster. It just happens. I wouldn't mind having a session in June with folks, where we  have tempo experimentation on various tunes. That would be revealing...and fun. 

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