I am working on a pop arrangement. It starts out in a simple 4/4 quarter note equals 90 and then a tempo change doubles it. Now it's eight notes = 90 and quarter = 180.

  • Do I change the time signature to 4/8?
  • When I conduct if I lose my tempo while going slow then doubling is that just practice work or can changing the meter help me?
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    Why not just score it in half time, rather than doubling the tempo? Problem solved, song is still at 90bpm, everybody's playing 16ths instead of 8ths.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Mar 4, 2018 at 19:02

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Not 4/8 for a pop song.

DOES it go into a fast 4 or a moderate 2? If the former, write 4/4 quarter=180. If the latter, write cut time half=90.

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