The tempo of a song measures how fast the music is played.
As "pounds" measure weight, "beats per minute" (abbreviated as "bpm") measures musical tempo.
Ever been annoyed by a clock ticking at night? Take a guess — what's the "beats per minute" of a clock?
The answer? It's 60bpm!
As you can imagine, a song with a tempo of 350 bpm is blazingly quick, while a song with a tempo of 30 bpm is quite relaxed.
Ask most professional musicians, and they'll probably tell you that playing with steady and consistent tempo (or "good time") is more important than hitting every note. That old saying of, "never missing a beat," rings true.
Is playing with good tempo something you can practice? Yup - here are a few ways you can practice good tempo: