Slow down

Teachers never tire of telling students to play it slowly, and students often cannot see the point. One thing I can suggest is that you use the time to conjure up a yearning for the next note, so that when it finally arrives it is like the fulfilment of a fully formed mental image of the note, with pitch, dynamic and sound quality fully pre-formed, as it were. However, one thing I’m not too fond of is the use of metronomes to help you keep slow, as having to keep in time with that clacking sound imposes its own burden on the ear. And this is where YouTube comes to your aid. Now that you can find practically any piece of music on YouTube, all you need to do is click on that cogwheel (or daisy?) at the bottom and up comes the speed menu. A lot of people don’t know this, but you can slow the videos down to half or even quarter speed without the music descending through the floor! Also great for learning or transcribing guitar shreds.


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