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Make Sure it doesn't become a crutch: The most important thing about practicing with a metronome is to avoid becoming dependent on it. It is a tool that can be used to strengthen your rhythm and time when used properly, but if you overuse it, you might become uncomfortable playing without one because the machine is creating the pulse instead of you. As a ...


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It sounds to me like you are using the metronome in an effective manner. Your teacher might have been concerned that you, as a young student, would have seen playing in perfect time as an artistic objective. Of course it is rarely such. The musical artist is expressing emotion and other aesthetic insights. Variety of all kinds should be deployed for that ...


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I'd definitely recommend a metronome, especially when the rythms are trickier. I basically use it for these types of exercises: the ones with difficult rythms, and the ones where the point is to build up velocity. The latter ones, I use a metronome to keep in check, because the main mistake in virtuosity exercises is to want to go too fast too soon and then ...


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The usual strum pattern for this is downstrums are on the beat. Thus your hand goes in a downwards position on 1, 2, 3 and 4. This also means that the upstrums will come on the & so will occur on 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &. Since you're not strumming 8 times in the bar, play the strings on 1 2 & (3) & 4. Obviously that means a ghost strum, ...


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My experience is strictly from playing the piano, but despite the difference in the specific motion required, the approach to building speed is the same. The short answer to your question is, "Don't do it". It's tempting to use the metronome to push yourself faster, but this strategy doesn't work largely for the same reason that this strategy doesn't work ...


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A sense of time varies from person to person. Some people have an acute sense of time and have less need for a metronome, while others may struggle with time. So the use of a metronome is relative to your personal sense of time. But even good time keepers will sometimes devote themselves to a steady regimen of metronome exercises in the spirit of improving ...


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I think I can understand what your teacher was trying to say. He wanted to make you feel the music. Music needs to breathe. If a computer and a human play the same song, it will sound different; the human version will be more natural; the computer version will be more mathematically correct. Your teacher might be worried that if you kept practicing with a ...


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It depends on what you want to achieve... If your focus is on improving your inner clock and your timing, I'd still recommend practicing with a metronome. The very short and boring clicking sound of a metronome has the great advantage that you can precisly tell whether you're on the click or not, at least if you're playing an instrument with a sharp attack, ...


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Practising to a metronome is a great way to strengthen your natural timing, forcing you to implicitly correct yourself and over time work those timing corrections into your natural playing, but if you're a beginner it may be a little too much right now. Before you learn to play well, you need to learn how to play in the first place so if you're struggling ...


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When you first start to record yourself against a strict tempo, that's when you discover the unforgiving world of click tracks.... it's a pain we all have to go through. Things to make life easier... Use some kind of 'drum machine' - anything that can give some 'feel' to the track you are about to lay down, even if it sounds nothing like a drummer, that ...


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If you can't hear the click because it falls right underneath your strokes, that's called "burying the click", and it's generally a good thing. If your stroke is consistently just before the click, that's referred to as playing "ahead of the beat"; If your stroke is just after the click, it's called playing "behind the beat". Both are valid techniques to ...


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As humans, we're not naturally inclined to play music in time. Our speech while rhythmic at times is vastly more complicated rhythmically than the majority of music out there. Just check out this article by Steve Vai in which he talks about polyrhythms. He talks about how one of the toughest challenges he has ever faced in music is transcribing speech. ...


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Play at speeds that are slow enough where it's fairly easy to coordinate. If you can't find a meaningful tempo like that, don't use a metronome - your technique is not yet ready. Don't hesitate to go waaaaaay slow. Virtuosos commonly practiced at snail's pace. Rachmaninoff was famous for slowing his practice down to where the piece he was working became ...


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A metronome is the best tool for learning a new rhythm (besides a good piano teacher). I would highly recommend you use a metronome when learning complex rhythms. You should not, however, soley depend upon the metronome to do the work for you. I am not a piano teacher or expert, but these are my suggestions: First, try playing the piece slowly without the ...


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While it is possible that your metronome banning teacher was just a bad teacher (Such a thing is clearly possible), because as a rule metronomes are good, I often save metronome work for intermediate and advanced students. This is primarily because in the beginning it can be frustrating to achieve music on an instrument. Metronome work can compound that ...


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You can use a metronome in different ways to study complex rhythmic figures. You can set the beat to correspond to a quarter note and work on subdividing the beats evenly. Or you can double the tempo so it corresponds to eighth notes and subdivide the sixteenths. Or you can double that so it corresponds to sixteenth notes, and work on counting beats for the ...


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In general, setting the metronome to sixteenth notes for a typical piece will only be useful when you are trying to figure out an intricate rhythm in ultra-slow motion. Once you move from the "figure-out" to the "actually practise in style" phase, you'll very likely want to use the "denominator of the time signature", like 4 in 2/4, 3/4, 4/4 beats or 2 in 2/...


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Playing with a metronome can be a challenge but can help tremendously with achieving proper timing when playing a musical piece as well as refining your ability to maintain the overall tempo throughout the song. I find that the digital metronomes that allow you to choose from a large number of different beats where you can have the accent beat where it ...


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If you're playing classical music, you need to remember that tempo is inherently flexible, and learning to play with a metronome isn't going to help with that. It definitely is hard to play a rit. or an accel. with a metronome going. A metronome is an invaluable tool, but it shouldn't be overused. It is most useful if someone (usually your teacher) says ...


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It depends on what you're trying to accomplish. If I'm trying to work on accuracy in sixteenth notes, I set the metronome to a sixteenth note (or eighth notes). If I'm trying to work on the bigger flow of the piece, I set it to quarter notes. Sometimes I turn the metronome off (or to a very slow setting) and work on the "big" beat (i.e. each measure). ...


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this is a really nice one, I would proceed as follows: would you mind adding the title and maybe the Op.Nr?


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It's so awkward to describe this stuff with words. Here's how this pattern, as it's usually played, should be written: X:1 L:1/8 M:C K:C %%score T1 T2 A B V:T1 clef=treble-8 % 1 [V:T1] vB2 vB(uB B)uB vB2 The difference between what OP describes and what is generally meant by this pattern is that in the pattern, the second "up" is on the 2nd part ...


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There is another excellent use of the metronome in learning technically challenging passages that I can recommend. To wit: Play the passage at whatever speed, however slow, that you are absolutely sure you can play it correctly. Raise the metronome one tick and play it again. If you play it correctly, raise it again. If you don't, take it back down one. ...


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I would say that metronome work is most useful at the "middle" stage of learning a piece. You will probably want to start learning a difficult piece without the metronome, not worrying about being out of rhythm too much. Once you know the notes, try working up slowly with the metronome. Some pieces (or parts of pieces), especially those of the Romantic ...


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About using a metronome when studying a piece with tempo variations Using the metronome is especially useful when studying Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt or Scriabine. You should be able to play them in straight tempo, and the metronome can help you do that. When this is achieved, you can use it to train for a given acceleration or deceleration. It is often ...


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Start slow, as slow as you need to actually play in time. Practice for a while at your limit then increase gradually. Then don't forget to have fun also. Practicing with metronome is great but frustrating. You must not kill your joy of playing. So play also without now and then :)


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Another tip: If you can, use a human metronome. If you have a friend which can play with you, ask him to mark beats by playing or clapping. It is often more pleasant than the sound of most metronomes. And you can switch roles. Having the responsibility to give the tempo to someone teaches you a lot. Accept that it will not be perfect at the first attempt ...


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Both have their uses. As stated in just about every answer so far, a drum machine is far less boring, and gets you ready for playing in a band with a real live drummer. However, it's a poor relation when it comes to using a metronome for its intended use - keeping time. I'll expand. Most will use a metronome to click on all of the beats in a bar - let's say ...


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I managed to figure it out while asking the question. The reason is that 8 beats happens more and more quickly. At 100 bpm, 8 beats takes 4800 milliseconds, yet at 150bpm, it only takes 3200ms. I came up with a schedule of how to program a beat-only metronome so the increases are as close to 1 bpm every 4800ms as possible: At 100bpm, increase 1 bpm every 8 ...


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It sounds as if you need to learn a little more theory -- a musical phrase can have a mixture of note lengths, and an unchanging tempo. A metronome provides you with a regular pulse. You are not necessarily expected to play a note on each tick, and often you'll also want to play notes in-between ticks. As a simple example, if you set the metronome to tick ...


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