[Dixielandjazz] Your Thoughts on Rushing

Gluetje1 at aol.com Gluetje1 at aol.com
Tue Jun 8 17:20:21 PDT 2010

Bravo!  I suspect very few groups have ever made the degree  of commitment 
to rehearsing tempo that it seems your group has.
Since working with kids, I have learned how much they hate to count but  
still they get irritated if you tell them they haven't counted  correctly.  
Discipline is a bother when you're having fun.  Getting  frustrated with my 
kids took me back to recalling how frequently my first piano  teacher wrote 
"Count" on my little pieces, penciled in some of the counts,  etc.
Another tip I've learned along the way is that when lead lines contain a  
whole series of the same rhythm note the musician frequently tends to play  
each succeeding note just a touch faster.  For example two measures of  
quarter notes may end up a tick faster than when they began.  Sure, we can  say 
the drummer has to hold them back -- but by golly we can also take  
responsibility for looking at tendencies like this and each learning to  internalize 
In a message dated 6/8/2010 7:00:27 P.M. Central Daylight Time,  
kyeates at yahoo.com writes:

I hope I  haven't offended too many  people.

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