What bpm for reels would you say is the slowest ‘acceptable’ rate/or … which ‘pro’ player plays reels the slowest?
I prefer a more relaxed playing style rather than the breakneck speed of most sessions of 120+ bpms (talking about 2 beats per bar to avoid any confusion).
I really like the kind of speed of Kathleen Conneely’s playing; I just measured the speed with my metronome and for one vid where she was accompanied by guitar she plays at around 103 but on a solo video she plays slower again at around 96.
That kind of speed reminds me of just sitting on a sunny day on the bank of a river in the grass watching the world flow by vs ‘normal’ session speed being more like a race at the grand national with the jockeys cropping the horses like mad dashing for the finish.
I wonder what would be considered ‘acceptable’ in a session as you deliberately doing it vs you not being able to ‘handle’ faster speeds and people think you are compensating.
What are other slower yet well respected players (doesn’t matter of the instrument in this case) for reels?
Currently it is both the case I couldn’t play at the tearing speed common in sessions but also I do not like it 🙂 but even if I could, to my ear, I still prefer Conneely type of speeds. The faster it gets is the more leveled out the notes get and things just become a blur. I much prefer listening to deliberate and calmer playing rather than where it seems like they are trying to race to the finish line as fast as possible.