Why quicker isn’t necessarily better
In our fast-paced world faster is always better. Traveling faster, learning faster, running faster, playing faster.
Learning fast is impressive and playing fast is too!
But is it necessarily better?
Learning faster has its pitfalls. We can skip seemingly unimportant details in order to progress faster and this can sometimes hinder progress due to having to go back and relearn these skills.
Practising faster can often cause problems. Hurrying through a piece can lead to messy playing. Some pieces, however, do need to be played fast and with careful practice techniques focusing on coordination and muscle conditioning these pitfalls can be avoided.
Playing faster can sometimes lead to a lack of detail and expression. Slowing down the pace a little in order to incorporate these aspects can improve your performance giving your piece clarity and character.
It is important to think about these common problems before trying to increase your speed of playing, practising or learning. Taking your time can often be a better option.