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I think that the standard Italian markings and terms (tempo marks (and the word "tempo" itself), dynamics, and articulations at the very least) are so ingrained into our musical language that we don't even think of them as Italian. In a sense, "legato" is the word for "smooth and connected" in the language of music, which is merely borrowed from Italian. ...


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Is changing tempo during the song and back again a common device used on modern popular music? Or is there a good reason to avoid this type thing? It's not common, but there is precedent: "We Do What We Can" by Sheryl Crow (track #10 from her debut album) "Fool in the Rain" by Led Zeppelin I could probably think of a few others, but it's getting ...


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No, it is not 150 bpm. A tempo indication is an indication of beats per minutes. A tempo of 100 means 100 beat in a minute. It's how a metronome plays beats. Your watch moves the second at a bpm of 60, because there are 60 seconds in a minute, hence 60 beats. A tempo of 100, be them quarter notes, eight notes, dotted quarter notes, is a tempo of a hundred, ...


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My guess is that you need to express the tempo for a MIDI editor. MIDI expresses tempo in microsecond per MIDI quarter, but editors usually present it in MIDI quarters per minute. If that is the case, then you are right: 100 dotted-quarter/minute * 1.5 quarter/dotted-quarter = 150 quarter/minute


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I'm guessing the time sig. on this song is 12/8 or maybe 6/8. Both use a dotted crotchet (quarter note) as the 'beat', which gets sub-divided into 3 quavers (eighth notes). That will be the pulse of the song. If you use a metronome set to this, at 100, it IS your b.p.m. Don't think that b.p.m. has to be quarter notes. See Shev's answer. If the number is at ...


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In the tempo you provided, one dotted quarter note = 100 the 100 refers to the BPM. Usually, the person (composer) used this value (dotted quarter) because it would help the song to count it this way. The usual way to display the tempo is 'one quarter note = X BPM', but this can vary, especially when the time signature is not 4/4. For instance, in a ...



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