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Old 01-14-2020, 11:30 AM
HodgdonExtreme HodgdonExtreme is offline
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Originally Posted by JonPR View Post
Your foot is not a metronome. Your sense of time is organic, it's going to shift this way and that depending on your mood. You can think you're holding a tempo when you're not.
Good points!

I'd argue, however, that a mediocre player with poor organic timing (like me) will keep better (albeit maybe not great) time if they tap vs. not.

Especially when the tune has a mix of whole, half, quarter and eighth notes. It's not hard to keep decent time when playing a tune with all 1/8 notes - for example "The Boxer" by Paul Simon.

I've almost got "Dead Flowers" by Townes Van Zandt worked out. It's got 1/4, 1/8 and 1/16 notes, in a rather randomized fashion. Tapping it out was crucial for me to get the timing anywhere close. Then I needed to play with a metronome to get it just right. Then to get the right lazy-ish feel to the tune, I had to stop playing it with a metronome!
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