Posted by js on September 23, 2001 at 23:24:50:
In Reply to: etude question (texas guys?) posted by Alli on September 23, 2001 at 22:47:07:
58-69 vs. 54-60 doesn't seem to me to be much of a discrepancy. Further, there is a 3 beats per minute overlap in the two ranges.
Even though I haven't opened up the book and reviewed the etude, how could such a minor tweak in the pulse destroy the musicality of a piece? I don't think it could. Finally, although some judges are extremely acute listeners and might be able to zero in on your pulse and quote the number of beats per minute of your performance, I'm skeptical, that as a middle-teenaged musician, you can, without a metronome, maintain the pulse of an etude within the 8 beats per minute range of which you are complaining.
Don't dwell on this. Further, practice the piece at a WIDE variety of tempi far below and above this range, and succeed in making music at all performed tempi. This is the stuff of which section leaders are made.
GO! PRACTICE!! EXCEL!!!
RAH, RAH, RAH!!!!