I am trying to write drum sheet music and I'm not sure if using the following notation, to indicate doubletime

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over this one

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is allowed.
To me, the first one seems more convenient, especially when you need to indicate 32nd notes in the 160 bpm part, which become 64th notes in the second case.

What do you think I should use ? Do you have an easy-to-read notation for doubletime?


In addition to the options you've put up (both quite logical and easy to read), you can specify "double time" instead of the 2nd metronome marking ("doppio movimento" if you're feeling Classical about it), or use a marking like

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All of these see pretty common use.

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  • Thank you for your reply. I'm new to writing sheet music (I use Musescore as my notation software), and you just taught me something new. – yummymochi Nov 29 '16 at 21:12
  • Oh, it's also probably wisest to separate the two sections with a double bar line. It makes it clear where the change occurs. – user16935 Nov 29 '16 at 21:16

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