YESTERDAY, 44 years and 5 months, exactly, on the same stage on Broadway – Meanspeed Contemporary Tempo Maps of February 16, 1965 live McCartney Performance

The Beatles YESTERDAY - meanspeed contemporary tempo map_2

“Yesterday” is a pop song originally recorded by The Beatles.

Through the website listed below, you can find out anything that anyone would ever want to know about the song except: the speed. to remedy this hole in the public’s music awareness, we present the speed numerically and graphically here. We include songs near the same speed, as shown in the iTunes screen shot above. Music and self-control is in part about finding out a speed range that tends to make you function better and makes you feel happier than the others. This is not some wacky idea I made up on the toilet – this idea has been theorized since the mid 19th century, mainly in Germany. Thing is – now, we have the means by which to record and measure music in ways that could only be dreamed of 100 years ago.

Mix the songs around – keep them all fresh. So said, mean speed music theory, you can maintain your poise in any situation by creating a time sequence in your mind. You will start to wonder about all those people around who whine and complain and panic.

Control your speed, control your fear. Keep coming back! The theory is so simple that frankly when critical mass hits, and everyone sees and acknowledges the truth of these patterns, people will take the speed territories as obvious. Someone had to bring this information to light, though, and since I discovered the pattern in the chaos in 1988, I have seen nothing close to what you see on these pages.

I do see a lot of aging musicians who hate the theory – mainly because they say – “If only I had played knowing all that?!” – Many academicians who hate the theory even more, because their “jobs” requires that they pretend not to understand what I am saying. They hate that they spent millions of dollars and wasted millions of hours looking on part for something that a pianist/lawyer figured out practicing keyboards in a studio apartment the size of a shoe-box. Tough, guys and girls. Suck it up.

The Beatles YESTERDAY - meanspeed contemporary tempo map

Meanspeed-Carlton Summary
meanspeed=96.0 beats per minute.
mean emotion according to meanspeed music theory=enthusiasm
average beat=625 milliseconds per beat.
mean slow phase=1.60 cycles per second.
corresponding pitch=409.60 Hertz, 80 cents above G4=391.995 Hertz, 20 cents below G#4/Ab4=415.305 Hertz.

Yesterday performed on The Ed Sullivan Show, February 16, 1965 –
meanspeed=99.0 beats per minute.
mean emotion according to meanspeed music theory=natural
average beat=606 milliseconds per beat.
mean slow phase=1.65 cycles per second.
corresponding pitch=422.40 Hertz, 30 cents above G#4/Ab4=415.305 Hertz, 70 cents below A4=440.000 Hertz.

The Beatles were a British pop and rock group from Liverpool, England. The group shattered many sales records and charted more than 50 top 40 hit singles, including 20 #1 hits in the USA alone, becoming arguably the most famous musical act of the 20th century. EMI Records estimates that the band has sold over a billion records worldwide. The band’s songs covered many genres, from ballads to reggae, and from psychedelic music to blues to heavy metal, and opened the door for many new musical styles. The Beatles influence extended beyond music into the social and cultural revolutions of the ’60s. more.

/Ian Andrew Schneider/

July 15, 2009

April 14, 2016

revised from its publication here on November 1, 2007