Rushing and dragging

A musician's dilemma. Hitting the beat precisely takes not only practice, but experience in performance. The most common fault is rushing: being too quick out the blocks, too eager to finish, anxious to take the plaudits or to escape the lion's den. If you play an instrument, you play to play, not to get to the end. To continually hit the beat, to be on time, requires focussed effortlessness: an oxymoron which very few truly understand.