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A list of standard tempos

Here are some “standard” tempos. In reality, there is no such thing as standard. But these are a good starting point.

In this chart the tempos are given in BPM, Beats per Minute. If you are looking for tempos on the web or in a reference book you might see it expressed as MPM. This means measures (or bars) per minute. You'll sometimes find this used for ballroom dancing.

For a good listing of tempo markings (ie. Allegro, Moderato) see this wikipedia entry:



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