The rate of the beats in a passage of music, sometimes expressed in metronome beats per minute (BPM) and sometimes by the Italian system of names

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Why does some music sound faster than others even though its BPM is the same?

For example, a symphony orchestra playing Trepak at 150 BPM feels so fast, but certain types of rock music being played at 150 BPM might be considered slow. A house track at 140 BPM would be ...
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Should I play licks/solos with a metronome

Praticing scales using a metronome is pretty straightforward, but most solos that I tried so far use an uneven tempo. I mean, the solo is a mixture of quarter notes, 8th notes and 16th notes, as such, ...
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How can I increase BPM so the perceived increase in tempo is always the same?

I have a curious request. I'm a drummer, and I sometimes practice by setting my metronome to increase 1BPM every 2 measures. At first, the increase is very slow, almost unnoticeable, and it takes a ...
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What are some solid techniques for playing the piano quickly (fast tempo)?

I have always struggled with speed. When I get my fingers together (i.e. guitar style instrument with a pick), I do down-right horrible with speed. When they are separated (i.e. bass, and piano), I do ...
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Will straight crochets in 5/4 and straight quavers in 5/8 at same BPM sound the same?

If you write 5 1/4 notes in 5/4 at a tempo of q (quarter note)=120 and write 5 8th notes in 5/8 at e(eighth note)=120, one after another would they sound the same?
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Making “acceleration” effect

my question is how to make song to feel like it is getting faster, without changing tempo? Example of what I actualy mean is: (watch from 1:45) I know we can change ...
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Metric modulation, ordering of the notes around the equals sign

I could find some references stating that the old note value is placed on the left while the new one is placed on the right. For example: "dotted eigth = quarter" means that the tempo just got ...
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What tempo is Agitato?

I'm looking at Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C# minor and notice that the tempo changes from Lento to Agitato. I'm familiar with the former tempo marking, but not the latter. At what tempo should Agitato ...
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Projecting “Playing ahead/behind/on the beat ” onto tangible concepts

I was trying to tell to my fellow drummer friend, that he should play something behind the beat so that we can experiment some particular song. But then I realized that I have no idea how to translate ...
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countering the “softer = slower” problem?

My choir has a consistent tendency -- absent a metrenome or vigorous conducting -- to slow down for quieter dynamics (and then never regain the original pace). We have several individuals with good ...
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Shortening a long note: intended or not?

I noticed that in many performances, chords that are expected by the author to have a long duration, are shortened by the performer. An example is the fourth Ballade of Chopin, where, near the end, ...
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Does “extremely slow” mean also “extremely difficult”?

I am playing some works by Olivier Messiaen. Some of them are “extremely slow, extatic”, or “infinitely slow”. Examples: “Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus” (Quatuor pour la fin du temps), cello and ...