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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Keeping time on alternate picking in 4/4, 16th notes per measure, but melody grouped in 7s

I'm learning this exercise and I'm astonished at how it is difficult to keep on time. He's playing 16 16th notes per measure, but the phrasing of the notes is in groups of seven. I sounds weird to me ...
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How to calculate music sheet symbols duration, in Midi file

I want to make music in computer programming language. but I don't know how to calculate music sheet symbols duration by attention to tempo and time signature. I was confused about that because ...
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Are there examples of explicitly-notated, precise, nontrivial polytempo before Ives and Nancarrow?

Polytempo refers to the simultaneous use of two or more distinct tempi in a piece of music. Polyrhythm can be viewed as a special case of polytempo; any polyrhythm can be written as a temporary tempo ...
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What does "Med." as a style mean in jazz fake books?

I imagine it stands for "medium", but is it a tempo indication or does it mean something else/more? For example, how does (Med. Bossa Nova) differ from (Bossa Nova)? Some pieces also only ...
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How would one research standards for English tempo descriptions in BPM ca. 1900?

I am transcribing a songbook of Celtic folk tunes compiled in 1928 and generating MIDI from the transcription so that I can learn them by ear. The book is filled with tempos like: Flowing and not too ...
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Trouble keeping tempo while marching

I am doing marching band for the first time for a small parade in my town. I am having trouble keeping tempo while marching. I stand right behind the percussion and while they are playing cadence I ...
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Tempo marking for double time

I came across a marking in music where it says that the quarter note = half note and then says double time. I don't understand why the notation implies double time. Can someone explain how saying the ...
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Ableton 10 : automate tempo without warping midi clip (like no-warp on audio)

I use ableton live 10 and I like to record things without metronome, then automate the master tempo accordingly. This works really good with audio tracks (eg. a guitar or vocals) provided I de-...
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Derive tempo value from the unit pattern length

A guitar instrumental music was played with 4/4 timing and tempo of 86 bpm settings. One pattern consist of 6 notes ( or beats). On audacity, a unit strumming pattern ( = 1 bar) takes roughly 2.78sec....
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How to calculate the tempo of a song in numbers and find the Italian terms?

I'm trying to understand how exactly we calculate tempos and how we assign their Italian names in written music. I've searched before asking, but I'm not 100% sure I've understood everything correctly,...
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Why didn't Brahms mark tempo with metronome markings?

Understanding the Fundamentals of Music (2006), by Robert Greenberg, B.A. in music (magna cum laude) from Princeton University, Ph.D. in music composition from the University of California, Berkeley. ...
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Getting Chopin Ballade No. 1 up to tempo+keeping hands together [closed]

I am trying to learn Ballade No. 1 op. 23 by Chopin(2 as well, but that's not important to this) I have been playing for about 7 years, and I have been without a teacher for several years. My biggest ...
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What BPM should I aim for while learning all the minor scales?

I'm learning to play the minor versions of each scale. What BPM should I aim for, before I move onto the next scale?
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Dotted Quarter to Quarter

A piece I'm reading in 3/4 has a BPM of 130 dotted quarters per minute. How would i do a conversion of dotted quarter BPM to quarter? I have no clue on how to convert different note length tempos to ...
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Is this 3/4 at 270 BPM or 6/8 at 90 BPM? [closed]

So im composing a song called "Consonant Dissonance II" (You can listen to the first one), and I hear it as 270 BPM 3/4 but I dont know if it is correct to notate it as that. (Sorry if the ...
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How to play Chopin Etude Op.10 No.4 at the right speed

No matter how much I practised this etude, i just can't play it in the right speed. I play the piano for 12 years approx. and it just didn't work for me with this etude. Does someone have an idea for ...
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I'm a singer struggling with tempo and time

I'm a singer with a decent voice and technique, I also used to play the violin so I can read classical sheet music and sight-read pretty well. However, I've always struggled with counting. I have no ...
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Performing drums with my band while listening to metronome?

I'm a drummer in a band; is it common for drummers to wear headphones and to listen to the metronome while playing with a real band?
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Classical Guitar: Can someone reference this piece of music allegedly by Carulli

In my classical guitar book "Klassiker der Gitarre", edited by Martin Rätz, there is a piece which is attributed to Fernando Carulli. It has the title "Sonate" (Sonata) and the ...
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How can I find the length in seconds of a quarter-note (crotchet) if I have a tempo marking?

Given a tempo marking in bpm (beats-per-minute), how can I work out the length of a crotchet (quarter-note) beat?
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Does tempo affect use of non-harmony notes?

Writing a four part piece for strings at a very slow tempo (55 bpm). On paper, it seems as though the non-chord notes I have selected should work, but I am finding some of them jarring. I am unsure if ...
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Playing a steady beat consistently on drums

I've been self-learning to play drums over the last month and my metronome has been the most useful tool in helping me learn to play things that feel difficult to me. I managed to learn how to play ...
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How to be consistent in studio performance?

Every time I hear myself playing in a studio recording setup, I feel like my playing is inconsistent in terms of tempo and dynamics, regardless of the instrument (drums or guitar). I know I can ...
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What is the meaning of "M. M." in this tempo mark?

The music is Shostakovich's 7th symphony, the orchestral score; sadly not publicly available as it's under copyright but there are a few versions floating about online. At rehearsal mark 141 the tempo ...
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Did Bach use a pendulum clock as a metronome?

The reason I ask is because I have heard say that tempo ordinario is something like 60 bpm. Is it much of a stretch to assume Bach and his contemporaries could have used pendulum clocks as metronomes (...
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How can I represent this quarter note triplet based section in a time signature, so I can have it sync with a metronome?

I have a song that starts with a time signature of 3/4 in 110 bpm. Then there's a quarter note triplet based section that goes like this: 123 123 123 123 123 1 | 123 123 123 123 123 1 | etc where 123 ...
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How to directly edit a MIDI file's tempo settings

How to edit the tempo of a MIDI file? I have a .mid file; when opened it will play at a tempo of 60 BPM. I want to change that to 120. Not that it plays faster at 120 BPM. So 60 = 120 I try to find '...
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How to change bpm of midi file using FL Studio?

I recorded midi data in my DAW, FL Studio, with the incorrect tempo. How can I change tempo without affecting midi?
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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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Meaningfully significant BPMs

A bit of a trivial question perhaps, but are there any historically/intrinsically meaningful BPMs? As in, there's obviously 60 bpm. I ask because while trying to correct my rushing, I've noticed ...
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bpm for tempo of minim (half note) and 96bpm in cut time [duplicate]

If I have a minim (half note) and a tempo of 96 in cut time (2/2), what does it mean? I'm doing it in 96 tempo but don't know if that's correct, or should I do it in 192bpm?
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How to figure out the length (time in ms) of a bar from bpm and time signature? [duplicate]

I have seen a bunch of similar questions on the site, but I'm going to ask more directly. I know a songs: tempo - X bpm - (eg.:120). time signature - Y/Z - (eg.: 4/4). I'd like to know the formula ...
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Logic Pro takes 2 sec. to play 1 bar of 2/2 time at 120bpm. But shouldn't it be 1 sec.?

How long does 1 bar last in 2/2 time at 120 bpm? At 120 bpm, each beat should be 0.5 seconds. And there are two beats per bar, so I'd assume each bar would be 1 second. Am I misunderstanding ...
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What does "con piu fuoco possibile" mean?

Towards the end of Chopin's Etude No. 4 in C# minor, Op. 10 No. 4, it says "con più fuoco possibile." What does this mean?
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How can I regulate tempo on a Roland sh-101?

I have a Roland SH-101, an analog synthesizer made in 1983. I'm trying to recreate a song, but I can't ever seem to get its sequencer to play at just the right tempo using the LFO/Clk Rate slider - it'...
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What is it called when there is a slow point/pause in the middle of a song, before returning to normal speed and intensity?

In modern music such as as pop, rock and even dance music, there are times when the music builds to a certain high point (may not necessarily be the most intense point, but fairly intense) and then ...
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Finding the tempo of Bruckner's "Chromatische Etüde" in F Major

How does one find the appropriate tempo for this piano piece in the manuscript of the Kitzler Study Book? It's "Chromatische Etüde" in F major by Anton Bruckner. I'm currently transcribing ...
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What tempo is "frisch und munter"?

There are no tempo markings; it just says frisch und munter. I can't find anything on it anywhere.
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Any metronome that can hear you through the microphone and tell you if you are going on tempo?

I am learning guitar and I know about the normal metronomes, but I need something that can tell me if I am doing well or something similar.
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What is the optimal (and computationally simplest) way to calculate the “largest common duration”?

Edit: To clarify, I am interested in dealing with multiple simultaneous tempos (polytempo). Pieces where all voices are in the same tempo at any given time (with exceptions to account for polyrhythms) ...
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Difference Between L'istesso Tempo and Tempo Precedente?

In Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, he uses both L'istesso Tempo (same tempo) and Tempo Precedente (previous tempo) for different variations (see image of structure). What is the ...
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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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How fast should I push myself with Hanon

I'm currently playing Hanon (1-20) at the target tempo as suggested by the book (108). My question is if there any reason to push myself playing it faster. I can certainly raise the tempo if I put ...
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Is the tempo supposed to be denoted in the same units as the bottom number of the time signature?

I've seen tempo sometimes denoted like "♩ = 120 BPM" instead of using something like "Adagio". In cases like this where it has a number, the actual size of the note seems ...
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List of average genre tempo (BPM) levels?

I've been told before that a genre such as drum and bass averages a BPM of 160-180, whereas dubstep is around 140 BPM and hip-hop is around 115 BPM. Does anyone know where I can get a list of popular ...
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How can I have the project tempo adjust to what it was when I hit record

I currently record rehearsals where I change the tempo in between songs. The workflow goes like this: Tap tempo for song and hit record - all using a midi controller Hit stop at end of song - again ...
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Which tempo indications have changed meaning over time, and how so?

I recall a piano teacher once telling me that the tempo marking in a piece I was learning (andante, if memory serves) meant different things in different eras. (Maybe slower in the Baroque than in the ...
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Is there a name for a beat/tempo that can be interpreted as being in two different times

I am not a musician, I don't read music and I don't actually play any instruments. However (and sorry if this sounds stupid) I'm a very good dancer and believe I have a good ear and feeling for tempo ...
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Chair audition music tempo

So I tied with another trumpet player for first chair and our director gave us a piece of music to learn to have a face off. This may seem like a dumb question. The tempo is written as Dotted half ...
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Logic Pro: I recorded a midi track without metronome, how can I metronome match it?

I recorded a midi track (playing along to a record) and didn't listen to the metronome in Logic. Logic had the metronome set to 120 when I played. The actual tempo of the song is 108. When I change ...

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