After playing the piano for 30 years, I figured it out!
When I play the piano and compose music, it’s in sort of a patterned way. I run on automatic and I’m never sure what’s going to come out.
But the speeds that I play at are always a mystery to me. I’ve tried with metronomes in the past to figure it out but I couldn’t.
Tonight, I did!
My super-fast speed, when my right hand is going a mile a minute, the music comes out at exactly 100 BPM! I couldn’t believe out exact that was.
Then it got weirder. I shut off the metronome and played something else for a little while. I tapped with my foot to set the rhythm and then I turned on the metronome. Click click click it went. I moved it down down down… and then when my foot tapping and the metronome and my playing were matched up, it was… 80 BPM.
So, 100 bpm, then 80 bpm.
Then I played a very slow, melonchaly piece. It ended up at 60 bpm.
Then a whimsical piece with an oomm-pah-pah style. Worked out to: 70 bpm! But 70bpm only was my natural speed in the waltz style and no other.
Why such exact numbers?
I don’t know. I never expected that!
It might explain why I always had trouble playing musical instruments with others and keeping their time. It seems as if I have my OWN rigid time that is hard to break!
The weird things you learn about yourself!
Kenneth Udut, age 36, Naples, FL USA