In this article, I will talk about one of the most important things in every drummer’sdrummer’s life, “the BPM,” a unit for measuring the tempo.

If you want to become a professional drummer, then the tempo is your friend.

You’llYou’ll get a good and precise groove by utilizing your inner tempo and aligning it with the click sound.

If you want to find out how to perfect the skill of playing with the click, this article is for you.

What is BPM?

BPM stands for beats per minute and refers to the tempo of a song or piece of music. It measures how fast or slow the music is and is typically expressed in a numerical form. 

For example, a song with a BPM of 120 would be considered relatively fast, while a song with a BPM of 60 would be considered relatively slow. The BPM of a song can significantly impact how it is perceived and experienced by listeners, and it is often used to classify different music genres. 

Some music software programs and digital audio workstations allow users to specify the BPM of a track, which can be helpful for DJs and other musicians who need to mix and match songs with similar tempos.

Why is BPM important in music?

BPM presents a speed measure that the whole band will follow. The whole band can record while in separate places by setting the BPM to the same measure.

BPM is for music what clock is for time.

It is important in music because it helps to determine the pace at which a song is played and can affect the mood and feel of the song. A slower BPM will generally create a relaxed or laid-back feel, while a faster BPM can create a more energetic or upbeat vibe.

BPM is used by musicians, dancers, producers, and basically anybody in the music business.

It is used widely among DJs since they match all the effects and transitions to the song’s bpm.

Bottom line, BPM shapes the style and atmosphere of the song and helps musicians speak the same language.

How do I know the BPM of a song?

Nowadays, it it’s pretty easy. All DAWs and almost all metronome apps like gap click, made by Benny Greb, can tap along to the music and measure the song’s tempo.

This feature is called “Tap Tempo.”

You can use a Metronome calculator (plenty available for free online) or BPM-detecting software as an alternative to this approach.

You will easily get information about the song’s tempo in both cases.

So, if you plan to overdub or record a part on your instrument to that particular song, it will mat’smat’s perfectly.

Is Tap tempo the same as BPM?

Tap tempo is a ““way”” to determine the song’s tempo. You can get the exact BPM at which the song was recorded by simply tapping the beat.

Is it the same? No, tap tempo is not the same as BPM. 

BPM is a measure of the number of beats that occur in a minute, while tap tempo is a method of setting the BPM by tapping along to the music.

​​How BPM affects the feel of a song?

Slower BPM

A slower BPM creates a more laid-back and relaxed feel in a song. A slower tempo is considered calm and well-suited for slower, more introspective, or emotional songs.

A slower BPM can also contribute to a more spacious or atmospheric feel in a song, as the slower tempo allows more room for instrumental or vocal elements to breathe and develop. 

Besides ballads, music that is usually in slow tempos between 90 and 110 is Hip Hop.

Faster BPM

A faster BPM generally creates a more energetic or upbeat feel in a song.

A faster tempo can create a sense of excitement or urgency and be well-suited for more energetic or upbeat songs.

This can be particularly effective in genres such as pop, electronic dance music (EDM), or hip hop, where a faster BPM can help to create a lively and energetic atmosphere.

How fast is 60 beats per minute?

60 BPM is a very slow tempo, and only ballads are recorded in this tempo. 

Since it’s harder to practice slowly but better for absorbing new information, many musicians tend to practice this slowly.

What is 150 bpm in tempo?

It’sIt’s a high tempo, and although plenty of songs are recorded in this tempo, it’sit’s not preferred for practice.

So if you are a musician, you would start slow, and as you move forward, you would increase the tempo and eventually go beyond 150 BPM.

What is the most common BPM?

Usually, 120 BPM is considered the golden middle, which is set as default in many DAW.

Anything from 100 to 140 is very common in popular music. 

On the other hand, most classic jazz songs are either faster or slower. 

What BPM is too high?

Music that utilizes speed rhythms, such as metal, usually goes beyond 200 BPM.

Depending on what you practice, the tempo of 110 BPM can be hard and stressful.

It’s a personal feel; nothing in that tempo sounds very fast.

On the other hand, playing beats at a tempo above 200 is considered “very fast.”

In metal music, these kinds of rhythms are called blast beats.

Examples of BPM in different genres

Here are 10 examples of different music genres and the typical range of BPM for each genre:

  1. Pop: 120 BPM
  2. Hip hop: 90-110 BPM
  3. Electronic dance music (EDM): 125-150 BPM
  4. Rock: 80-115 BPM
  5. Jazz: 50-250 BPM (can vary widely depending on the style)
  6. Classical: 40-208 BPM (can vary widely depending on the piece)
  7. Blues: 60-135 BPM
  8. Country: 80-160 BPM
  9. Reggae: 60-100 BPM
  10. Folk: 60-120 BPM

Keep in mind that these are rough estimates, and the actual BPM of a song can vary widely depending on the specific piece and the performers’ interpretation. BPM can also be intentionally varied within a single song to create different moods or effects.

BPM in classical music

You may hear terms like Moderato, Adagio, etc. 

So what do these terms mean?

Let me explain.

In classical music, tempo markings indicate the desired speed or pace at which a piece of music should be played. These tempo markings are typically indicated in Italian and often include a written description of the desired tempo and a corresponding metronome marking in beats per minute (BPM).

Here is the full list:

  • Lento (slow): 40-60 BPM
  • Adagio (slowly): 66-76 BPM
  • Andante (moderately): 76-108 BPM
  • Moderato (moderately): 108-120 BPM
  • Allegro (fast): 120-168 BPM
  • Presto (very fast): 168-200 BPM
  • Prestissimo (extremely fast): over 200 BPM

Wrap up

It’s time to wrap up. Let’sLet’s quickly summarize what we learned today.

We learned that BPM stands for beats per minute and presents a universal measure for setting the tempo in music.

Tempos below 100 are considered slow, 100 to 200 intermediate, while anything above 200 is extremely fast and mostly used in metal or jazz music. The most common tempo is 120, while the most popular tempo in electronic music is 140 BMP.

Classical music has many different Italian phrases for various tempo ranges.

That’s it, guys; thanks for staying with me until the end.