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Old 2006-07-18, 13:34
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Tempo, ooo where are you?

Now I can't restrain myself, when the possibility to ask this question on a international forum is so readily at hand.
Playing a certain tempo is nothing strange in itself, but I'm wondering how you drummers know that you're playing say 140 and not 146? I think about it often, just how you know when playing a new-written song to get the wished for tempo? Is it feeling altogether, do you have some tricks, or is it the metronome all the way?
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Old 2006-07-18, 16:21
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its easy to identify usually the range of tempo of a song. each hihat hit can be a quarternote, sometimes an 8th or 16th

as far as telling the exact number, can you tell the exact tempo from playing a guitar? we all have a basic intuition of that range. say like 120 or 140 but theres no way to tell unless you have a little gizmo called the drum bug, its like a speedometer, if you will.
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Old 2006-07-18, 18:09
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Yes yes, I see that, but I wonder just as much about a song that one of your band mates comes to rehearsel with one day and says - play this in 150...?
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Old 2006-07-18, 18:22
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its a reasonable request, you just might not be doing exactly 150 tho. just as long as the drummer regularly uses a metronome and has the basic idea of how tempo is gauged and how notes are identified in context, your band can achieve something close enough to 150
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Old 2006-07-19, 19:42
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Yeah, I find that because I practice with a metronome at a wide range of tempos, I can be reasonably close to whatever is required of me. You can't be EXACTLY sure without measuring it somehow, but using a metronome a lot will sharpen your timing.

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