Here is the Recap to Class #1
This class focused on understanding BPM's or Beats Per Minute. We talked about how various genres live in different BPM ranges. We broke down a 4/4 musical structure to understand ow sound fills this space and time is what creates the BPM of a song. We learned that at once we hit 140 BPMs "fold into themselves." You can divide fast BPMs in half and mix slow sounding songs with fast ones to produce, remixes and mash up genres. We also learned that BPMs feel differently and a high number BPM does not necessarily mean that it will feel like a fast song. Finally we ended the class listening to different tracks starting at 90BPM and ending at 188BPM to understand how BPMs influence how different parts of our body move. All of these elements combined show how DJing is not just about that hot track and making people jump up and down, it is about shaping a "flow" or sequence of music that takes listeners and dancers on a journey.
Here are some helpful tricks on how to identify BPMs.
FEEL IT OUT
Listen to the song and pay close attention to the beat. The easiest way to do this is to close your eyes, relax, and feel the pulse of the song. Tap your foot or your fingers or nod your head to this pulse. If you have trouble with this, try to isolate the sound that is making you bob your head or tap your feet. Try first with the instrumental version of the song if it's available, as it'll make things easier.
DO SOME MATH
use a stop watch or look at a clock with a seconds hand. When you're sure you've got the rhythm of the song happening, count those beats -- your head nods, foot taps, or fingers snaps -- for 15 seconds. Take the number of beats you counted, and multiply by 4 to get the number of beats in a whole minute. For example, if you counted 24 beats in 15 seconds, multiply 24 by 4 = 96. The song's tempo is 96BPM. You multiply by four, because 60 seconds divided by 15 seconds = 4.To increase accuracy, count beats for longer periods of time and calculate the rate accordingly. Using the same song as in the previous example, if you counted for 30 seconds instead of, you might have counted 50 beats instead of 48, which means the tempo is just a little faster: 50 x 2 = 100. (Multiply by two because 60 seconds divided by 30 seconds = 2.)