In this article, you'll learn:
What Rubato is
How to play a song with rubato style
Why playing with strict and even timing is essential
How to balance the rubato sections of a song with those in tempo
Why including rubato can enrich your performances of songs like Night and Day and other standards
What is Rubato?
Rubato is an Italian word the means "robbing the time" (most music contains descriptive words to help musicians play a section of a piece of music more expressively.) Although I've seen this musical term for most of my musical life, we referred to it as ad lib tempo on the gig.
How to Play a Song with Rubato Style
Playing in rubato style can be quite a challenge. For years, I've been emphasizing to my piano students importance of playing with even tempo. When they finally "get it", I am thrilled. From there, of course, the goal is to get a feel for the music, whether it's swing, funk, Latin, jazz waltz or a ballad