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3/4 Time Signature to BPM?
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FinalPatriot
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Howdy folks!

 

About 2.5 years ago I had never touched a violin before.  Next Sunday, I'm going to be playing in our church's Christmas celebration.  I'm not sure if terrified even comes close to how I feel right now....

Anyways, the piece of music I'm playing is written in a 3/4 time signature though I'm having trouble finding out how many BPM  that would be.  Do any of you know?  I'm going to be doing a solo piece while the rest of the choir is signing and I'm probably going to have to use an earpiece with my metronome (phone app) in order to not get myself confused.

Not exactly what I had in mind for my first live performance... 

"I know a girl who cries when she practices violin because each note sounds so pure it just cuts into her, and then the melody comes pouring out her eyes. Now, to me, everything else just sounds like a lie."

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December 14, 2014 - 7:41 pm
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Cool that you'll be performing FP.

It's normal to be nervous not only the first time but the first many times. :)

3/4 is only the time signature and cannot indicate tempo. The top number indicates how many beats there are in every measure and the bottom number indicates which note gets a beat. In this case (3/4) there are 3 beats in every measure and the quarter note gets the beat. 3 quarter notes in every measure.

If the tempo is not given you need to make a musical guess. Sometimes tempo markinga such as Grave, Largo, Lento, Adagio, Andante, Moderato, Allegretto, Allegro, Presto, Prestissimo....give an indication to an approximate tempo.

What is the piece? We can probably help you a tempo suggestion.

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Thanks for helping Fiddlerman!

The piece is called "Let There be Peace on Earth" by Sy Miller and arranged by Hawley Ades.  The copy I have isn't really written for a violin so my teacher changed a few notes to make it easier to play and actually blend better.  On the top it reads "Flowing in moderate 3) if that makes much sense.

I will be coming in on (E) and playing the top portion while the men's choir will be singing the bottom.  It kind of throws me off as I start after two bars of them singing.  For this arrangement, they have me ending at (F) with a long vibrato on the C#.

"I know a girl who cries when she practices violin because each note sounds so pure it just cuts into her, and then the melody comes pouring out her eyes. Now, to me, everything else just sounds like a lie."

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December 14, 2014 - 9:14 pm
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FinalPatriot said
Thanks for helping Fiddlerman!

You're welcome

The piece is called "Let There be Peace on Earth" by Sy Miller and arranged by Hawley Ades.  The copy I have isn't really written for a violin so my teacher changed a few notes to make it easier to play and actually blend better.  On the top it reads "Flowing in moderate 3) if that makes much sense.

Makes plenty of sense. Moderato is between 108 and 120.
I would work my tempo up to at least 120 though. I've heard it performed even faster than 130. It'll probably not be that fast but it's good to be prepared.

I will be coming in on (E) and playing the top portion while the men's choir will be singing the bottom.  It kind of throws me off as I start after two bars of them singing.  For this arrangement, they have me ending at (F) with a long vibrato on the C#.

You'll do great. :)

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Thanks again for the help!  It's funny because until now, I've never even heard of this song before and now I've got it memorized.

"I know a girl who cries when she practices violin because each note sounds so pure it just cuts into her, and then the melody comes pouring out her eyes. Now, to me, everything else just sounds like a lie."

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December 15, 2014 - 8:58 pm
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Cool man :)

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Good luck with your performance FinalPatriot.

Can't wait to hear about it.  I can't imagine how nervous I'd be... 

Congrats.  Merry Christmas.

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