|Basics: USING A METRONOME
Get one.The metronome is a hugely important tool no matter
what level you play at. Using a metronome properly will
help you accomplish the following:
Using a metronome properly consists of:
- Increase your ability to feel music on time and play music on time.
- Increase your enjoyment of music that is played on time.
- Increase your ability to play
more quickly and in conjunction, play more fluidly
- Expand improvisation into areas of greater rhythmic complexity.
Good use of a metronome consists of:
- When the metronome is set to
click on the downbeats for example, (the most basic:
1, 2, 3, and 4 in 4/4 time) practice making sure you
are exactly on top of the click. In the very
beginning of practicing with a metronome and
practicing time, reduce your playing to the minimum
i.e. repeat the same note over an over so that you
can focus entirely on playing time correctly.
- Try to make the click
dissappear by playing exaclty on top it.
- Next, turn the volume of the click to maximum
and make the click so on time that the attacks of
the notes you play consistantly
- Next, make it
so that you move your attacks just slightly in front
of the click enough so that the sound of your
attacks change. Keep it consistant.
- Practicing with the metronome to the downbeats.
- Practicing with the metronome
on beats 2 and 4 in jazz music and any music that
- Put the metronome on the upbeats (i.e. "+").
- Put the
metronome on the "e" of each beat (in 16th
notes: 1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a )[pronounced
- Put the metronome on the "a" of each beat.