Timing.... timing, timing, timing!!!! in Gibson Acoustic Posted February 7, 2011 · Report reply Here you open one of the biggest and most mysterious issues in music at all. The relationship between phrase and pause. It would carry too far to dig in, but this must be said : Yes, it's a drag to be thrown out of a groove by a player who can't handle his song. Still a lot of great artists play around with teasing timing (not to be confused with falling off horse). It's thin line walking, , , f.x. I remember listening to the latest Eagles record and finding a bunch of the tracks too well timed. This is a trap. Being immaculately metric drains music out of the music, so to speak, and leaves the listener climbing a scaffold of rigid foreseeable tone-math. Eagles members – some of the finest rock-players on earth – would be the first to acknowledge this, but are busy heeding the call of modern radio reality. There is an unexplainable factor to timing, that can be compared to charm. For heavens sake don't analyze, , , for you can't and if you try, it'll soon damp off. Yet some code-words would be skills, luck and if you are in an ensemble, collective intuition. GG, I think I know what you mean – bad timing and the trick falls apart. If there's no dove up the sleeve, the illusion bursts to nothing. "I ain't Bob Dylan but I never miss a beat – I ain't no philosopher I dance in street" Who said that. . . ?