I’m not sure if this question has been asked. If I ever were to interview someone, I would want to ask this question. So, perhaps you can chime in on this.
I am an extremely tempo sensitive player because I have limited ability to play hyper fast.
For example, is John Petrucci, or whoever you admire ever near his limit of ‘crashing’ during any of his lines? In other words, have you ever wondered how much beyond the recorded song bpm’s these people can play? In general, I was always conscientious about the song tempos when seeing DT play live, from the 90’s to current and relieved to know that MP, and now MM play the songs at the same tempo as the recordings, for the most part.
When I record myself, or my songs, I am always pushing up against my upper limits. This is the way I am. I always want to document my highest level of playing for that moment. Also, perhaps because I don’t have that extra gear.
In closing, do you push your playing to your upper limits on a recording? Do you record parts that you can’t play flawlessly on each take? Or, are you always playing well within your abilities, no matter how complicated the line is?
Thanks in advance…