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Questions tagged [tempo]

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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Is this melody aligned with this drum beat? If so/not - why (not)? [closed]

I wasn't entirely sure how to ask this question, so I'll use visual references. Please look at this piano roll picture: the green "blocks" represent the notes of a melody, the purple ones - the hits ...
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Are there situations where a time signature is unknown?

My understanding is that a time signature like 4/4 time is known because certain beats are emphasized, for example: ONE, two, three, four. But let's say someone created a song with tempo alone (ie ...
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Is the metronome the closest thing to a mechanical drum?

I noticed there's a lot of drum machines out there, but they're all electrical. Is the metronome the closest thing to a mechanical drum? and by mechanical I mean, there's no batteries/electricity ...
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What is the smallest difference in note lengths that an average listener can still perceive?

Approximately speaking, what is the smallest temporal difference, expressed in milliseconds, in note lengths (for consecutively sounded notes) that an average, untrained listener can still (semi)...
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How can a metronome with a bell help with my practice?

I ordered a pretty standard mechanical Wittner metronome, the cheapest I could find plastic/no bell. But after I ordered it I realized there are metronomes that have a bell, so it got me thinking ...
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Able to play the right hand Presto on the first try?

Usually I have to perfect a piece at Allegro and then slowly get it to Presto starting with single beats, and then merging every 2 groups of beats until I can play the whole piece Presto nonstop. ...
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Accelerando/Ritardando duration?

As I reach to the end of a piano piece, I see a ritardando right here, My question is how long an accel. or rit. last? Looking at one webpage, it says the ritardando can be extended by a dashed ...
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“Up Front” mean

someone is asking me to give some information for a song this: Name of the artist, name of the song, genre, and tempo, up front. Maybe is a fool question but what means “up front”. Thank you
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Number appearing above two notes in tempo; how do I play/interpret this?

I'm trying to play Take me to church by Hozier on a program I made in assembly. It takes into account the pitch and the number of beats involved per note. In the piano music sheet I found for take me ...
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Accelerando in poly-tempo

The question is - does accelerando used in parts with different tempo? How to rhythmically align them after that / during that? (Without accelerando it would be enough to keep parts tempo at some ...
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Beginner at piano and I don't seem to have good inner tempo/pulse

this is my first time posting here. So I have been learning to play piano for around 7-8 months and while I am able to pick up new pieces quickly and pretty good at sightreading, I don't seem to have ...
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Is it appropriate to use BPM to measure the tempo of a song?

First, does tempo tell us how fast a song is? Second, is BPM the right way to measure the tempo of a song? There are some songs like Illahi-Yeh jawaani hai deewani where the tempo is around 120 BPM ...
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Why are measures (aka “bars”) important?

Just as an example, let's say we have 60 BPM. So every second there's a beat. Imagine nodding your head every second to this rhythm. Now isn't that enough information to make a song? If I have a ...
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Why do we always call a quarter note a **quarter** note? [closed]

Edit: After a lot of discussion I try to restate my question so that it becomes easier to understand: A concise version of my question, suggested by Stinkfoot: Why do we always call a quarter note a ...
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How long does a sound take that corresponds to a note at a certain tempo? What notations / conventions do influence it in detail? [closed]

I am just starting to get familar with the meaning of notes and already read some related questions. Lets assume I have a speed s of 60 "beats per minute" (bpm). Then one beat occurs during a time ...
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How should I conduct a double time tempo change?

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 ...
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Help With Tempo

I am having a hard time looking for a straight answer to converting my tempo to quarter notes so I can use my metronome. I have an eight-note = 96 and a dotted-quarter = 56. I am so confused and (I ...
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What does “Moderately slow, in 2” mean at the top of a piece of music? [duplicate]

I have a song that is 96bpm but it says "Moderately slow, in 2" at the top. Does this mean the song is actually 192bpm and that the person who wrote the notation decided to write it as 96bpm? Could ...
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Why does Presto always trip me up?

I have noticed that even after months of practicing C.P.E. Bach's Solfeggio in C minor, I still can't get past Molto Allegro. I have tried thinking of it as an eighth note rhythm and that actually ...
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(Tempo) Dotted minim/half note = c. 60 meaning

What does a dotted minim/half note =c.60 mean? What does the c mean? And how much BPM is this?
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Does it matter where you put the tempo marking (piano)?

Does it matter where you put the tempo marking? For example, above the treble staff, in between the treble staff and the bass staff or underneath the bass staff? I know that when you put a dynamic ...
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Music sheet says “in time, swing feeling”, how many bpm is that?

I'm learning one jazz piece for piano. On the introduction part music sheet says "Slowly and freely, straight 8ths", once intro is done and main part begins, it says "In time, swing feeling". I'm ...
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How to count in a dotted eighth?

I am a guitarist and often for various genres the dotted eighth delay effect is needed. I don't have subdivison functions on a delay pedal of mine, therefore I can only tap in crochets that are ...
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So confused about tempo

I'm trying to get help producing a song. But I was asked to sing to a tempo, so they can have a BPM to create background stuff. I asked how to do that exactly, and they couldn't give me a straight ...
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Are there any musical pieces that experiment with the frequency - tempo relationship?

I am interested in the relationship between frequency and tempo, both of which measure the same thing (repetitions per unit time) for different ranges (units of time). Are there any musical pieces ...
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Compound time and tempo indication in quarter note

I am studying a piece, the time signature is 12/8. The tempo indication is "Allegretto, (quarter_note) = 76". I am a bit baffled, as I expected a dotted quarter note. Is this a typo? Or is this ...
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How to know the tempo when it is not indicated

I own a copy of Luis Milan's Six Pavanes for guitar but, contrary to what I expect to find on any music sheet, there is no tempo indication at the beginning of any of them. According to Wikipedia a ...
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How to indicate a tempo change during a repetition?

I have a quick question: What's the notation used to indicate that a certain part of a piece is supposed to be played at a higher/lower tempo but only during a repetition. For instance, if I have a D....
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What is it called to play a music with flowing tempo in piano?

What is it called to play a music with flowing tempo in piano ? What I mean by "flowing tempo" is that when you, for example, start the music by playing it strong and little fast, but then you play ...
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Italian term for returning to the original tempo, but with more energy (or slightly faster)?

Following a 'rall. poco a poco' in the previous phrase, ending in a fermata pause, I wish to indicate that the new phrase is slightly faster than 'a tempo'. I had initially thought 'a tempo con moto' ...
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Any way to automatically determine key and tempo of a music recording?

My ear is not good enough to determine the key of a piece of music just by hearing. Is there a way to automatically determine the key and tempo of a musical recording using a computer?
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I am a singer who has problems with keeping rhythm and beat

I'm a singer, but I am getting anxious because of being rhythmically challenged. I've had vocal training, but none seemed to really know how to help me out in this respect. I'm fine with everything ...
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Drum Programming and Tempo/BPM

I have a song that I am making in 88 bpm. I want to add the bass to sound like a heartbeat at 44bpm to simulate a slow, meditative feel. However, I am having trouble deciding where I should place the ...
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Why these two songs sound similar?

I'm not a music theory expert but found two songs that sound suspiciously similar and no information on the internet as to why, when or even if a major artist intentionally tried to pay homage or ...
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I don't feel like I'm keeping up with the right tempo

I'm practicing a solo, and this is my first solo. I have started with a pretty hard one for my first solo. There are a lot of pull offs in this solo, and I'm able to play them ok. The song tempo is ...
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Tempo for Hanon for beginners

I am 50 and started playing some 6-7 months back. Had around 24 lessons so far. Bought Hanon's Virtuoso Pianist a few months back on my own initiative but didn't try to play. Was trying it out this ...
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Should tempo markings go above or below 1st/2nd time bar brackets?

Intuitively, I feel like tempo markings should go above 1st (or 2nd, 3rd etc.) bracket lines, but I've seen examples where these go below (inside?) the bracket. Does anybody have a definitive answer ...
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Tempo di Louie indication

I am learning the piece Louie Louie as part of a jazz ensemble. The tempo marking is only Tempo di Louie. How fast/slow is this meant to be? Is the piece meant to be swung? Are there any ...
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Time between beats in a 60 bpm song [closed]

I am a software developer and I have no knowledge of music theory, and I'm bad at maths.. I'm developing a very simple music production software which allows users to customise the bpm - I'm trying ...
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Is there any way for my to become a better judge of my playing? Especially while I'm playing

When I'm playing my flute I sound fine, but when I listen to a recording I sound terrible. Is there any way for me to become a better judge of my playing? Especially while I'm playing, I want to be ...
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How to smoothly slow down after you've accidentally sped up

When I'm playing a performance, I often find myself speeding up. Over the course of a tune, I may speed up to the fastest I can play the piece, or even beyond. I find myself unable to slow down ...
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I'm trying to figure out number of measures

Im trying to figure the number of measures using the bpm and the length of the song. So I was wondering if you have any ways I could figure it out for me.
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Where is “one”? How do you keep track?

I recently watched a YouTube excerpt of Jack Feierman's master class in which he alludes to techniques that can be developed to know where "one" is. He has a click ...
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Czerny 599 Goal Tempo

I'm working my way through Practical Exercises for Beginners, Op.599 (Czerny, Carl) with a metronome to set the tempo. For each exercise, I'm starting slowly, and then working to play it at a more ...
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Difference between tempo and bpm

Is there a difference between tempo and bpm (beats per minute ) ? Or is one just more precise than the other?
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Andante assai usual interpretation

Not being Italian myself, or fluent in the language generally, I usually think of "Andante" as meaning "walking," and "assai" as meaning "very." Fine, but what the heck am I supposed to make of "...
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How to change the speed of a melody without changing the BPM?

I've written a melody in 4/4 time signature. The problem is that at 118 BPM the melody is ridiculously slow. I don't want to increase the BPM so I ignored the current time signature and simply ...
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3/4 eigth notes to 4/4 triplets? How to calculate tempo?

So I have a piece that I'm writing that is mostly in 3/4 with a main melody purely in eighth notes. I'm trying to implement a time signature change to 4/4, where what was an eighth note melody in 3/...
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What does “in two” mean with respect to tempo?

My copy of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah has the following tempo indication: Moderately slow, in 2 What does the "in 2" mean? I couldn't find it in Wikipedia's glossary of musical terminology. The ...
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Should I put tempo change markers only on midi track in this case drums or on master track?

How will recording other instruments be affected by where I put the tempo changing markers? I'm using Mixcraft Studio Pro 8