A good tempo for tunes (bpm)?
Over the weekend I bought a digital metronome (Korg $30). I was curious to see how well I kept time (something I stuggled with as a youngster) and how quickly I play tunes. I was surprised at the results. My rhythm was slightly shakey but not too bad at all, which is what I expected, but I was surprised at the speed in which I was playing. I discovered I play jigs comfortably at about 115bpm-140bpm, polkas at about 155bpm, reels and hornpipes in excess of 200bpm (my new metronome only goes to 208bpm so I couldn’t get an accurate count).
I’ve seen this debated here and on other forums…how quickly do you play tunes? How quickly should they be played? What is too quick or too slow?