Tempo And How To Use It

USE 1:
Multiply your tempo by 4, now you can write in 3/4, 5/4, and most other time signatures. if you can multiply by 8 (only tempos under 125) you can write in 7/8 and other weird tempos

USE 2:
metal guitar sounds better when at a high tempo and longer note lengths (this is fairly useless info unless you use rapid 16ths in metal guitar (only I do that(too stubborn to leave metal alone)))

Use 3:

Perfect triplets, triple the tempo multiply all note lengths outside triplet by 3 and all inside the triplet are twice the triplet value.

Feel free to add to the list.

Well actually to do stuff in 3/4 you would triple the tempo and do stuff in 5/4 you would quintuple the tempo.

nope. if you triple 3/4 you get 33/4 = 9/4 (not even) quintuple 5/4 you get 55/4 = 25/4 not even
if you quadruple 3/4 and 5/4 you get 34/4, and 54/4 = 12/4 (even), 20/4 (even)
basically each measure is a quarter note.

if its in a */4 time, just quadruple it and the # on the left is how many measures=1 measures

this is in 4/4 time… multiply it by 4 and you get 1 quarter note as a measure. (Im reusing an old help thing, don’t worry about that last one being different from this problem)

We’re actually saying the same thing just you’re starting with the finished product and I’m starting with the starting product:

if you quadruple 3/4 and 5/4 you get 34/4, and 54/4 = 12/4 (even), 20/4 (even)

if you triple 4/4 and quintuple 4/4 you get 34/4, and 54/4 = 12/4 (even), 20/4 (even)

yes but yours dosent work in 3/4 or 5/4 time. which is the point :twisted:

stop thinking about what time signature its in, just put it so that a quarter note is a measure (times by 4).

I think there is a misunderstanding my solution multiply by four. Musline’s solution multiply by 3 or 5. which dosen’t work for that purpose.

Ok let me put it this way =

Your method = 3/4 → 4/4
My method = 4/4 → 3/4

Ok, you are both right. You are saying the same things, but reversing the order of the numbers.


I’m, not too musically saavy, and I don’t know how to use a n/8 time sig (or I do, but I don’t realize it). Exactly how is it different from n/4?

In N/8, instead of using quarter notes as the unit of measurement, you use 8th notes. The N’s # is to show how many 8th notes are in a measure.

Well the difference is each beat of a n/8 time sig is a quaver (8th note) and each beat of a n/4 is a crotchet (16th note).
If say you have a lot of triplets in your n/4 time sigs you should use n/8 as in n/8 sigs the “n” is a multiple of 3 (usually 6) and so the triplets go in evenly.
You might say that 6/8 is the same as 3/4 (as they both go into 3) but the heavy beat on 6/8 lies on the 1st and 3rd beat (beat-o-o-beat-o-o) while the heavy beats on 3/4 lies on the 1st only (beat-o-o)
Also when writing out the music you need to join up the notes differently but you don’t need to know that.

That almost helped me lol. I don’t think I’m absorbing it. Can ayone make an example of how it would be used?

no muse, Notessimo is in common time, that is 4/4. if the beat of a measure in n/4 time was a 16th note, then a 4/4 time would only have a single quarter note. in n/4, the beat is a quarter note. that’s why in class your teacher tells you to go 1234 while counting the beats. you don’t go 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16, do you?

Fish: in n/8 you would count a measure to 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8, but twice as fast as n/4, which is 1 2 3 4.

So there’s just 8 beats in a measure instead of 4?

Well usually for fast pieces. Say you had 2/4, you’d count each bar as |1,2| With the accent on the 1. With 6/8 instead you’d count a bar as |1,2,3,4,5,6|
It’s really splitting each beat of the 2/4 into three, like if you had a triplet on each beat in 2/4 it would be the same. I’m sorry, I didn’t really answer the question. No-one really uses it though, 3/4 is an easier alternative.

Sorry I’m not used to American music. I meant 4th note.

Depends what number “n” is.


sheet 0 is 4/4 time, and sheet 1 is 8/8 time. The notes are placed on the beat. see how in 4/4 time there is quarter notes? that’s the n/4 going in to play. there are also 4 beats in the measure. that’s the 4/n. same thing with the 8/8, there is 8 beats, and each beat is an 8th note.

do you understand now fish? but remember, if its in 6/8, the beats will still be 8th notes, but there will only be 6 beats. This can be rounded down to 3/4, its the same thing, just the measure end at a different spot.

this was my 1500 post :twisted:

Ok. Lemme see if I have this down. 4/4 is half as fast as 8/8?

8/8 is a bad example gs, only pieces in that probably have an additive time sig of 3 + 2 + 3/8 or something.

Fish, you only really encounter 6/8, 9/8 an 12/8, so the strong beat is every 3 notes. If you don’t care about strong beats, 6/8 = 3/4. It’s all about the beats.

ive seen 7/8 once it was in a crazy song though
WARNING: this is the only song this from this band that has been tabbed the intro riff sucks and is there worst song IMO
EDIT: here are the tabs instead