Beats Per Minute: Helpful Online Tools
Beats per minute (BPM) is a major component of your song.
It’s basically the tempo of your song. It helps set the overall tone of the message, creates the baseline for a groove, and provides one of the first dynamic elements you’ll need in writing a song.
Keep in mind, sometimes BPM can be fast, but the lyrics slow (e.g., Keith Urban does this a lot). BPM is a tempo you’re creating. It’s not meant to dictate how you write lyrics for the song. In other words, you don’t need a word on every beat. A fast tempo doesn’t always mean a lot of words! More on that later.
So – why is it important to know the BPM of your songs?
Well, for a few reasons:
- Are you writing songs that all fall within one BPM range?
- As your skills grow and you have pitchable songs, is your BPM matching what the artist is looking for?
- When asked to describe your song you should be able to give a tempo description, BPM will help you identify it easily for others who may be looking for songs to cut
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