Notation

Discussion in 'SWS Questions' started by BoogieMan, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. BoogieMan

    BoogieMan Blues Junior

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    There is a notation at the top of each of the solos in SWS that has me confused:
    <quarter note symbol>=124 (solo 1)
    <dotted quarter note>=84 (solo 2)
    <dotted quarter note>=132 (solo 3)

    Can anyone explain these to me?
     
  2. wgabree

    wgabree Blues Newbie

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    Those are metronome indicators and tell you the tempo that the piece is to be played.

    So for instance, quarter note symbol>=124 means that if you set a metronome at 124 bpm (beats per minute), then each quarter note would be played simultaneously with the click of the metronome.

    The reason that some have dotted quarters is because they are a compound meter, 12/8 in the example.  12/8 can be expressed as 4 dotted quarter notes (3 eighths) instead of 12 eighth notes.  It's just easier to count 12/8 this way, so the tempo reflects this counting.

    :cool:
     
  3. BoogieMan

    BoogieMan Blues Junior

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    Thanks Wayne.  I had a feeling it was related to the metronome.  This will be quite helpful for me in getting the solo up to speed.  Griff doesn't use this notation for the BGU or SBS solos so I have been trying to get the speed by synchronizing with the metronome which is kind of a hit and miss system.
     
  4. wgabree

    wgabree Blues Newbie

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    Here's a tool that makes it easier.  You just play the song and tap the beat - it will tell you the bpm:

    http://www.all8.com/tools/bpm.htm

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  5. BoogieMan

    BoogieMan Blues Junior

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    Man... there's an app for everything.  This will save me a lot of time.  Thanks again.