Re: Is mandolin technique harder than other instruments?
Sometimes it helps me to bump the tempo up a bigger step at a time, rather than gradually. Say from 140 to 180 for example. I mix this up, mix it in, with the incremental steps in speed (like 10bpm at a step). Sure, there are generally parts of the tune that don't work. The Big Step makes those parts real clear. But also, I often discover that the Big Step draws out, or develops, an somewhat innovative/different approach that works for a part of the tune, that I was NOT discovering or developing by working up the incremental tempo steps.
Originally Posted by stringalong
I find a couple other benefits as well -
- helps me keep my eye (ear) on how I want the tune to SOUND ... just the feel + the flow + the movement etc.
- helps break up the monotony of 20-50-100 times thru the same tune, or the same phrase, at slowly increasing tempo's.
- helps me solidify the parts that I CAN do cleanly ... and enjoy the fun and satisfaction of hearing them sound good.
- helps me just plain old "enjoy the tune" while I'm woodshedding it.
I always gotta go back and work on the parts that were rough, or even fell apart. But this approach does seem to help.
FWIW ... YMMV ... just a bit of my own experience / approach. Not saying how it might / might not work for you or others.
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