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I have a song that is just acoustic guitar/vocals/and cello and I don't want to give it a tempo because I enjoy the way it sounds just played at the tempo of whatever emotion I have or venue I'm playing at, etc...

I was just wondering if there was a word for a song without a tempo (just played however I feel/free form)


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Does the song have a consistent tempo once you start playing it, out just changes each time you play it, or does the tempo change as you play it, too? –  Kevin Dec 18 '13 at 21:11

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The term you are looking for is A piacere (It.). This basically means that the piece should be played at the performers discretion with regard to tempo and rhythm. Literally, "at pleasure".

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Another term often used is 'Ad Lib.' Ad libitum freely, or do what you like .

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