Hi folks !
This may seem like a stupid request but I need some advice on how to slow down. A couple of month ago a well seasoned piper joined one of the sessions I was running and as the session ended, we had the usual chat and started discussing technique. “Slowing down was the most difficult thing I have had to do in all my years of playing” was what he eventually told me. As a young player, I was early on attracted to the fast playing of Mc Goldrick, Brian Finnegan, Cathal Hayden etc… and wanted to play with the big guys in town. I am lucky enough to live in a city where sessions are a plenty but there is a catch, pretty much all of those sessions are damn fast and most likely ran by some of the most brilliant players this side of the atlantic. Ultimately I am not happy with my playing, I do not want to have to sacrifice the music to the profit of speed but without it, no chance to attend other sessions. I am currently practising with a metronome but seeing to noticeable effect. I was wondering what was the mustard boards members approach to speed in personnal playing, sessions and gigs.
Thanks in advance.