Sunday, February 19, 2012

TEMPO -- Odd or Even Number?

The previous music hint recommended using an ODD tempo number, such as
113 bpm (beats per minute)
during the draft stage of your music creation, and an EVEN tempo (114 bpm) after you have decided the music's most effective speed / tempo.

Have you ever wondered why most music has an even-numbered tempo? The answer goes back to the "old" days, long before drum machines and fantastic music creation tools like keyboards and controllers and music software programs like GarageBand or ProTools or ProLogic or....

Musicians used to need an actual mechanical METRONOME to ensure their time was steady on the beat. And the "hand" of the metronome had notches to mark the tempo, with tiny spaces between numbers at the tip where the pendulum movement would be moving SLOW, and increasingly larger spaces marked on the pendulum as the weight piece was moved downward on its arm.

For easier reading with a wider spread of tempo ranges, metronomes used even numbers. THUS, much music today is written the same, with an even TEMPO number, even though our music tools now can easily handle 100+ "notches" upward as we increase tempo bit by bit. Today's music tools have another advantage over the old fashioned tick-tick-tick-ticK-tiCK-tICK-TICKING Driving-Us-Crazy ticking metronomes....

No longer do we have to resist the urge to throw the thing across the room after repeated failures preparing for our music teacher's slowly ticking lesson time....
Much Joy (and PEACE!) in music memories and growing for you!
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