In the music field, we use to say that every instrument players have musical feeling when they put feeling in what they are playing. This feeling can be a technical expression (perfect technical execution well placed that touch us) as it can be the adequate placement of notes (that feeling given by a pleasant melody). Summarizing, feeling is what differentiate a musician from a robot, because a robot can be programmed to play many notes per second, but it by itself does not have expression or creativity in music. The adequate choice of notes and their techniques depend on the context and the “atmosphere” that the song is imposing.
Musical feeling and velocity
Many people use to say that playing fast is a synonym of absence of feeling, but this is not true. Feeling is not tied to any velocity standard, scales or stiles. Above everything, feeling is something really personal and is connected to emotions.
For this, the own definition of feeling will depend of a personal taste of the listener and his/her emotional state in the moment of the song execution. Evidently, as more knowledge in music theory the instrument player has, more options and ideas he/she will have to surprise and touch people emotions. The Simplifying Theory website will help you to explore this potential.
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