This lesson shows you how to work on your internal tempo recall by using songs that are really, really familiar

Working Out A Tempo

Trying to work out the speed of a song can be really tough if you haven’t yet memorised certain tempos. Luckily, there is a little hack you can use to recognise different speeds. Today we are going to look at how you can internalise specific speeds by relating them to songs you know well.

To do this, you will need a metronome and some recordings of your favourite songs.

The aim is to be able to successfully predict the tempo of a song by associating it with a tune you like. By memorising the tempo of a few songs, you will have a repertoire that you can refer to at any time.

Exercise #1: Think of a song you are familiar with that has a strong melody and visualise it in your head to locate the pulse. Tap the tempo out and check your timing using a recording of the song.

Exercise #2: Repeat the exercise above with different songs to give you a broader range of tempos to refer to.

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