Do you always practice with a metronome?

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  • #19775
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    larsguitar
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    Are you one of those people who always uses a metronome to practice their intruments?

    #19786
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    kristin_r
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    I really haven’t used a metronome much at all but I did learn playing music in band class while I was in school with a conductor who taught us our counts. We tapped our foot for the different counts while we were playing. I did that for so many years it’s like I have a metronome built into my brain. For someone that hasn’t had that kind of training a metronome can be a great way to keep tempo. I think that eventually with time and practice you would probably be able to memorize your counting skills and not need a metronome anymore.

    #19791
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    I started with bass and never used a metronome but then took up drums and figured out that for those two instruments its totally essential! sorry but your rhythm will suck if you don’t use a metronome or click track when you practice.

    maybe its okay if you just play guitar or something but if you are a bassist or drummer you need that solid beat

    #19821
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    I haven’t used a metronome for playing or tuning things since 3rd grade haha. My music teacher LOVED using it while teaching us. He was one of the best teachers I can remember having. You can tell he truly loved music and loved teaching people.

    #19832
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    When practicing scales and arpeggios, I find it’s helpful to use a metronome. It helps you to develop the ability to play “in the pocket.” I played bass guitar for many years and always played with a metronome. I still use it now when I practice my classical guitar. I think it’s an important part of being a professional musician for me. I want to be my best and continually develop my skills and technique.

    #19882

    I thought this was an interesting discussion so I wrote a new FAQ about using metronomes for ear training!

    What’s the point of using a metronome?

    #19893
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    It’s surpirsint to hear that not many people use one. I guess it can help with very complex stuff.

    #19984
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    britanica
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    I honestly assumed most people did use them, and very few didn’t.

    #27040
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    I found that when practicing by myself it is easy to get off-beat. Unless I am learning a new piece and can’t play as fast as the song requires, I like to play with a metronome.

    When I practice with other people, however, I don’t really use a metronome because it is easier to tell if you are off-beat from everyone else.

    #28476
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    I’ve never used one. A couple of times recently I’ve tried to use a few apps. It just messes me up plus I play louder than the sound. I think you can also get too dependent on them & lose the feeling of the music. My teacher feels the same. Though maybe it’s all my sight reading that keeps me in time. For stuff I play by ear I go with the feeling. When I play with my teacher singing it’s easy to stay together, at least for me.

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    I have a Boss metronome…used it a couple of times. It is a very good quality gadget but I have to admit, that getting it to mix with my practice is not the easiest task. That is where the loop station comes in handy :D.

    #28552
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    I usually use the metronome at some point during my practice session. I feel it is a good way to keep checking if you are using the right tempo. I use it at the beginning and middle of my practice session so I start out right hopefully and then check myself again somewhere in the middle. But I do that usually while sight singing.

    #28592
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    alexx
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    @mezzo The metronome doesn’t throw you off? Are you singing by yourself or with an accompianist?

    #28597
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    It does throw me off sometimes but I feel it is important to practice at least a couple of times with it. Like I said it helps me keep a check on my timing and rhythm. I sing and practice by myself.

    #28598
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    @mezzo If you sing by yourself then I guess it would be helpful. Probably easy to get off track. I know sometimes when I play I have a certain timing & feeling in my head that I’m trying to get across, but when I record it, sometimes it just comes off as hesitation, because I;m not singing. The same thing must happen to you in reverse :)

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