I’ve experienced a few musicians lately (a fiddler in particular) who tries to play everything at an absolutely ridiculous pace. In doing so, he ends up skipping tons of notes. The tune is still recognizable, and it doesn’t really sound bad, but I can’t help but feel this is cheating in some way.
I’d rather play/hear a song at a moderate tempo so that its possible to hit all the notes. Though most of my playing right now is done at a slower pace - my one year anniversary of fiddling is coming up next month.
What are your feelings on players skipping notes in order to play a song very very fast?
PS. I noticed the past discussion on sessions getting faster, but this is more addressed towards the individual player and the ramifications (perhaps even moral issues) of taking short cuts.