# 4/4 Time = How many BPM?

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Classified00
01-14-2008, 01:12 AM
Hello,

I want to practice strumming to get my timing right. In a standard 4/4 time, how many BPM's should I set the Metronome for?

Thanks!
:peace:

EdgedInBlue
01-14-2008, 01:16 AM
It all depends on the style, 4/4 is a reference to the length of the measure, not the tempo of the measure.

ortrigger
01-14-2008, 01:18 AM
4/4 means that there are 4 beats per measure and a quarter note gets one count. basically, top=how many beats/measure. bottom=what kind of note gets one count.

RNRSoldier
01-14-2008, 01:25 AM
Yeaa, as said before me, 4/4 means how you count it, not how fast you count it.

ynofaee12909121
01-14-2008, 02:02 AM
dude that has nothing to do with it.

just start as slow as you need to and when your confident with your strumming or whatever, speed it up.

Tazeyo
01-14-2008, 08:29 AM

1 'n' 2 'n' 3 'n' 4 'n' 1 'n' 2 'n' 3 'n' 4...

Start out with a tempo of 64-89 bmp,
but like said before 4/4 can be from 10bmp up to 666bmp lawl heavey :headbang:

led_zeppelin678
01-14-2008, 10:55 AM
yeah ummm but telling him 4/4 has nothing to do with it rlly does solve his prob

if you want a 'standard' count to start out on, try maybe somewhere around 120bpm, just because all musical software ive ever used has had that as the default (power Tab, Garage Band, etc) so try that

and if its to fast, drop to mayb 100bpm, just find sumthing that feels right

but yeah dude, theyre all right 4/4 is the time sig, it has nothing to do with tempo ;]

natel0083
01-14-2008, 12:38 PM
120 may be kinda fast, try around 80-100.

Tommy[fin]
01-14-2008, 12:50 PM
120 may be kinda fast, try around 80-100.

Speed should be a byproduct of precision, you'll want to perfect what you play slowly at first. It may be boring, but it helps.

Then speed it up.

Classified00
01-14-2008, 10:20 PM
Thanks all,

I'll try the 80-100 BPM suggestion to give me something to work with.

The next obvious question is, if the time (such as 4/4) doesn't dictate the tempo, what does?

Thanks,
:peace:

Trowa21
01-14-2008, 10:25 PM
Thanks all,

I'll try the 80-100 BPM suggestion to give me something to work with.

The next obvious question is, if the time (such as 4/4) doesn't dictate the tempo, what does?

Thanks,
:peace:

it indicates how much beats are in a measure. 4/4 basically means 4 beats per measure. in the case of a BPM 4 clicks will equal 1 measure with the time signature of 4/4. i hope that helps lol

OrangePossum
01-14-2008, 10:42 PM
Thanks all,

I'll try the 80-100 BPM suggestion to give me something to work with.

The next obvious question is, if the time (such as 4/4) doesn't dictate the tempo, what does?

Thanks,
:peace:
The tempo is determined by... the tempo.

The way you asked it is weird, but the speed of song is determined by the tempo of the song. Say a tab tells you the tempo is 120 bpm and it's in a 4/4 time signature. set the metronome to 120 bpm and, if it has a setting for it, 4 beats. Every time it clicks, one beat of that 120 bpm measure has passed. Every accented beat (it should be accented, anyways) lets you know a new measure has begun.