So I recently watched the original Star Wars trilogy with my son (his first time) and came away with a realization: John Williams really likes the french horn.
Playing “Boy Like Me, Man Like You” by Rich Mullins with my good friend Dave Edwards.
I’ll be playing guitar with Accidental Breakdown this friday night at Dunville’s in Westport. First set starts at 10:00pm. Come on by for some rootsy reggae & blues with serious groove.
So, I happened across Big Fuss Records Artists to Watch, 2014 only to discover…me! Yep, somehow I made it to the list. Who knew? I didn’t.
In the digital world tempos can be set with unbelievable precision down to multiple decimal places. This is great when “reverse engineering” a tempo marking from an audio file or setting a sequencer or DAW to follow every nuance of a humanized performance, but not so good when it comes to notation. I am a big believer in rounding to the nearest standard metronome mark when indicating tempo in notated parts. I am also a big believer in using actual metronome values rather than “fuzzy” tempo expressions such as andante, allegro, largo, et al. Let’s be honest my allegro & your allegro are very likely different. It’s really best to simply tell me what you had in mind.
For a refresher, here are the standard tempo markings on a typical metronome: 40, 42, 44, 46,48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 63, 66, 69, 72, 76, 80, 84, 88, 92, 96, 100, 104, 108, 112, 116, 120, 126, 132, 138, 144, 152, 160, 168, 176, 184, 192, 200 & 208.
Using these for your notated music will simplify life for those that have to read it & get your point across much more clearly than “molto poco moderato”.