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AuthorTopic:   speed of the song
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posted: 4/6/2003 at 10:14:43 PM ET
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I know music enough to know that certain notes etc. make part of the song faster than other parts, but how do I determine actually how fast the song is actually supposed to be sung.

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posted: 4/8/2003 at 10:00:37 PM ET
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well you should try to look at the time measure in the beginning of a piece!

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posted: 4/19/2003 at 2:24:41 AM ET
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I think what ghatmaker is referring to is the tempo of the song. The time signature will not help in this as it serves to tell you the number of beats and the nature of the notes. The metronome mark (usually at the top, above the first bar) will indicate the desired tempo of the song. It tells you the desired number of notes of that particular note value in 60 seconds. For example, a metronome mark of "a crotchet = 60) means there should be 60 beats in a minute...... therefore the tempo is such that one beat takes approximately one second. Hope this is helpful.

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posted: 4/3/2004 at 6:09:46 PM ET
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They are both right, but you should really follow what both of them said and you should purchase a $20 metranome that will play the beat at the time that you specify.

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posted: 4/3/2004 at 9:39:19 PM ET
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Also, often times they won't have the amount of beats-per-minute, but a word like "allegro" or "andante" or "prestisimo" or whatever. These are words that tell you the approximate speed. If you see a word at the beginning of the piece, look it up to see what it means, and then you will have your tempo.

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