Am I the only one who like to learn song at a faster tempo?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Yvon, Jan 1, 2015.

  1. Yvon


    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    When I learn a new song I like to put the metronome faster by about 5 to 10 BPM.
    Lets say the original song is at 100 BPM I will practice the song until it sound good at 110 BPM on the metronome.
    After that the song feel easier at 100.
    This trick help me to feel comfortable with a song faster.
  2. neckdive


    Oct 11, 2013
    I do that also. I use an app called Tempo Slow which allows you to play the song at a faster tempo without sounding like chipmunks. I might try and see how fast I can play an already fast song. Time Won't Wait by Jamiroquai is a recent example. I can technically keep up with it at 125% of original tempo but it starts to lose its groove. I also found I should use it sparingly because I have found that some songs sound better at about 110%. Then when I need to play it normal tempo, it feels like its too slow.

    It's still really fun though.
  3. Bob-I


    Sep 12, 2014
    I find it makes me rush the tempo. I will usually learn it very slow, like crawling slow, until I get the fingerings down, then I speed it up to tempo, but never faster. That just me.
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  4. Funkmabassup


    Jul 16, 2013
    I prefer to learn the song from the original tempo from the start, not faster and not slower. For myself at least I think that is how I learn the song best at shortest possible time in therms of getting the tempo and groove right from the start. I rarely even play difficult passages slowly at first because sometimes I can find that even harder than full speed cause I wont get that feel, you know when you just feel it from the heart and straight out in the arms, start involving the brain and its a whole lot more difficult :p
  5. hintz


    Jun 5, 2014
    wahiawa, HI(Oahu)
    I practice above tempo if the song is already difficult AFTER I can play it at tempo, it makes it that much easier since tempos almost always get higher live
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