Posts Tagged ‘too slow’

Dial it back for tempo

September 13, 2008

This tip was provided by Andrew Coupe of eVirtualStudio. Check out his bands – Tyfoo and Chapter Three.

One way to determine the right tempo for your song is to increase the tempo by a few beats per second and try it out. If it’s not too fast at that tempo, increase it a little more and try again. Continue doing this until you feel it’s about right, then go up just a bit more. Once you find a tempo that is clearly too fast, dial it back a bit. This is easy to do if you’re using a DAW.

Don’t worry if you don’t use a DAW. The method still works using an old-fashioned, low tech solution: a metronome. Possibly a bit more convenient than an actual metronome are the free metronomes available online. Here’s my current favorite, called Metronome Online, powered by emusicinstitute.