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 4/4 is 120 BPM? what about 3/4?

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albeham

United States
35 posts
since 2/15/11

06/23/2011 06:54:24 View albeham's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

So my son is playing and his teacher wants him to play with w metronome

What I need to know is how many BPM(s) I should set for  4/4, 3/4, 6/8...

AL

PS I don't read instructions good, ask the wife....

Texasbanjo

United States
136 posts since 12/23/10

06/23/2011 07:15:16 View Texasbanjo's Blog Reply with Quote

If your son is a beginner, set the metronome to a low number that your son can play with easily.  Most beginners start off with about 60 bpm -- whether it be in 4/4 or whatever time signature.  It's not how fast, but how good you can play a song at a medium or slow tempo -- then bump it up.

If your son is counting 1, 2, 3, 4 ( in 4/4 time) and playing one note for each count, then 60 bpm will be very slow.  If he's counting 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & and playing 2 notes for every beat, then 60 is probably a good place to start.  If it's too slow for him, bump it up 5 to 10 bpm until he has a problem playing without mistakes, then slow it down.

I'd start out about the same for 3/4 or 6/8 -- and using the guidelines above, speed up or slow down the metronome.

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DaddyJ

United States
71 posts since 1/5/11

06/23/2011 20:38:12 Reply with Quote

Good advice.  I always start beginners out at 66 bpm, two notes per beat.  That means if the song is mostly quarter notes, each beat is the equivalent of a half note.  If the song is mostly eighth notes, each beat is the equivalent of a quarter note.  If 66 is too fast, drop it down to 56.  If it's too slow, speed it up to 76.  You'll get a feel for what's appropriate pretty quickly.  For really difficult stuff, keep the speed the same but make each beat one note.

Don't worry too much about speed.  For a beginner, the metronome is all about developing timing.  When my son was learning, for months we didn't play anything faster than 86.  Now he can play stuff at 160 and above, but his timing is good because of all the time he spent playing at 66, 76, 86, and sometimes 56.

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mandovoodoo

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187 posts since 1/7/11

06/24/2011 04:11:31 View mandovoodoo's Classified Ads Send mandovoodoo a Yahoo! Message Reply with Quote

The time signature and the speed of the piece are not necessarily linked.

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albeham

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35 posts since 2/15/11

06/27/2011 08:35:43 View albeham's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Thanks all, I found what I was looking for.

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