Re: Re: Ok, I'm starting this as a new thread...Speed confusion
Hi...interested in reading the postings on "speed at sessions" (Don't use it myself have enough problems playing !!)
Here in UK there is a real mentality around which can be very destructive to new players. It's the smirking comments..."this is the RIGHT way to play this tune/etc"
Some people appear to want to hold music in a time warp (usually Morris players)...I wonder how music evolved if these people had been around !!
Of course there are correct speeds for specific dances and it is good discipline to play them BUT lets remember that American Old time/etc came from a pooling of many older English/Irish/etc tunes which were either half remembered and redesigned for local tastes and dancing.
We can still keep the "traditional tunes" BUT we must experiment surely.