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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:

  1. Are you writing songs that all fall within one BPM range?
  2. As your skills grow and you have pitchable songs, is your BPM matching what the artist is looking for?
  3. 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


Full blog: Beats Per Minute: Helpful Online Tools


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