Tempo vs Downtempo - What's the difference?

tempo | downtempo |

As a noun tempo

is .

As an adjective downtempo is

(music) having a slow tempo.

As an adverb downtempo is

(music) having a slow tempo.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • a frequency or rate
  • a move which is part of one's own plan or strategy and forces, e.g. by means of a check or attacking a piece, the opponent to make a move which is not bad but of no use for him (the player gains a tempo, the opponent loses a tempo), or equivalently a player achieves the same result in fewer moves by one approach rather than another.
  • timing of a particular event – earlier or later than in an alternative situation (as in chess example)
  • The number of beats per minute in a piece of music; also, an indicative term denoting approximate rate of speed in written music (examples: allegro, andante)
  • A small truck of cargo van with three or four wheels, commonly used for commercial transport and deliveries (particularly in Asian and African countries)--a genericided trademark originally associated with Vidal & Sohn Tempo-Werke GmbH that manufactured such vehicles.
  • See also

    * one step ahead




    (en adjective)
  • (music) Having a slow tempo.
  • Having a slow, relaxed pace.
  • Adverb

    (en adverb)
  • (music) Having a slow tempo.
  • Having a slow, relaxed pace.
  • Antonyms

    * uptempo

    Coordinate terms

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