Lesson: Replacing Tempo with Other Musical Elements

Lesson: Replacing Tempo with Other Musical Elements
“How to balance your performances with a well-rounded musicality”
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This is a lesson on replacing your tempo with other musical elements and ideas. When you drop your tempo to a slower speed you can replace it with other ideas such as legato playing, dynamics, increased sustain, better phrasing etc.


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  1. Fantastic lessons and such a kind and generous site for those of us seeking growth from home. You are amazing! Does seem like many people tend to lean to extremes between tempo&other dynamics as well as volume. Been impressed recently with Peter Fletcher’s expressiveness in less explored ranges of tempo and volume. ALSO, are you playing the c12 spruce? How does it compare to the cedar you demoed? The spruce c12 to me seems to me to be pretty much just plain better but I have only compared youtube videos. Been playing a laminated backsides guitar for years sadly. Trying to choose between c12 (probably spruce), ramirez 3nae, 2ne, 125/130 anos cedar, or if i wait longer than i really want to a manuel rodriguez fg madagascar or jr. Madagascar model. Mostly though I just want to thank you with all my heart for this wonderful website/&monthly lessons!

    • I have a new guitar from Douglass Scott coming this spring but for now I’m teaching on a C10 spruce. I like it for teaching, I brought it in the hall and clearly couldn’t keep up with concert level guitars ($7000+). That said, it’s a great guitar for the money and I’m impressed overall.

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