I'm sure this is a question with no right answer, apart from to say that anyone should practice slowly and work up to the desired tempo, but I wondered if anyone would advise about how they would select a tempo for a Scottish waltz.
Jimmy Shand recorded the Agnes Waltz at a slow tempo and other waltzes (e.g. The Listening Waltz) a bit quicker, and when I listen to more recent traditional players such as Ian Cruickshanks or Daniel McPhee they use different tempos for different waltzes. Is it simply a case of doing what feels right, or are there some particular reasons for going faster or slower in this particular tradition?
I've put in a clip of the tune I'm trying out on my La Vera box and if anyone had any advice specifically on the tempo, that would be much appreciated. I do realise the recording is rough and ready and so I need slow practice to improve it, but this is just for illustration. Thanks very much.