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Ideally you want to feel the beat rather than see it, so yeah watching it is not a great habit. Some people would say the goal is to INTERNALISE the beat. How long have you been practicing with a metronome? If it's less than 10,000 hours what you need to do is practice more ;) Place the metronome behind you, practice, practice, practice, and remember that it'...


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Set a moderate tempo. Playing very fast ...and very slow tempos is hard. Set the metronome behind you or behind something so you don't see it. I find it extremely hard to play in time with or without a metronome The issue doesn't really seem to be about looking at the metronome, but about counting and rhythm. Count the beats out loud while playing. This ...


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I use a metronome to set the really slow pace when I'm working through a new exercise and I need to regulate the evenness of my finger movements until I begin to acquire the flow of the exercise. I utilize both the sound and the visual by placing the metronome just to the side of the sheet music where I can see it in the corner of my eye and still read the ...


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As Areel says, the loud click is usually deemed to indicate the first beat of each bar. But your question asks about the first note to play. That is often not the same place as the first beat of a bar - and the same applies to the last note you play. (Which actually is more likely to be on beat 1). Going a bit further, that loud click doesn't necessarily ...


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Typically, a the loud click/bell is used to indicate the first beat of the bar. In 4/4 it would go 'loud, soft, soft, soft' and keep repeating. In 3/4 it would go, 'loud, soft, soft'. But not all music starts on the first beat of the bar. For example, Happy Birthday To You starts with an anacrusis or pick up notes on the third beat of the 3/4 bar, so you ...


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Mechanical metronomes tend to slow down as the spring runs down and the amplitude of the pendulum swing reduces. This is likely to be more significant at a slow tempo simply because the pendulum is getting fewer "pushes" per minute to keep it going. The clockwork mechanism is usually quite simple and easy to clean, but if you are tempted to try oiling it, ...


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Good question! None of the bands I've worked with had drummers that used metronomes while playing live - but most are good timekeepers anyway.Except one where we used backing tracks, but he was at the back and had an uncanny sense of timing, so didn't need more than the count-in. If a recording is going on, then usually the drummer will use one. It's the ...


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IMHO i think both will be helpful to learn sense of rhythm. But there are differences of course. Good thing about metronome is you can change it, double or half the speed of it. So you have more options there. Also it's easier to hear you playing , if you don't have the whole recording sounding in the background. And you can hear a metronome with ...


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One obvious potential problem is tapping the beat with your foot interfering with various pedaling needs.


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Riding on and syncing to a pulse and rhythmic feel or ”groove” produced by others is of course an important skill. But you can’t rely on that only, you have to be able to produce the pulse and provide it to others reliably. Playing to records only is not a good practicing method, because you may develop habits of listening to specific subtle sound cues, and ...


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Since you only ask about metronome or recordings - they both have their place, along with other options... A metronome is useful, if not (very) boring. It can easily be changed tempo-wise, half, double, and everything in between. Also extremely useful to use in more advanced ways - set up and take each click as the & between the beats, for example. It ...


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Yes, definitely. There might be a "click track" or some sequenced backing that the live drummer plays along with. Just about every pro drummer in the pop world does this at some point. (If you look online for an old edition of BBC "RockSchool" with Omar Hakim, he did a very impressive demonstration of changing the feel by playing slightly ahead of or behind ...


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A lot of folk find playing along to a metronome isn't easy. Especially one that just ticks. If it pings as well, it's easier to keep in time with. I find a drum track - on a drum machine or off the computer - is a much better bet. But maybe that's because I play with drummers (and play drums!). That will give a more live feel to any rhythm, as well as give a ...


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A lot of useful tips here, like putting the metronome behind you or tapping your foot, but I’d like to add a practice tip that might cost you no time at all, depending on your lifestyle and whether you’re in 2020 lockdown :( Whenever you’re listening to music, say you’re waiting, traveling, eating, walking, driving (I don’t know your age) or whatever, tap ...


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If you are able to walk and co-ordinated enough to walk steadily, then you already have an internal metronome. I suggest you start simply by playing a song or a beat through headphones while you go for a walk. If you can keep in step, then you know you have the ability to keep time. Warning: Because you will be concentrating, walk where there is no danger of ...


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You're not a bad musician, you're a visual musician. According to Neuro-linguistic Programming, there are three kinds of people: auditive, visual and kinesthetic (representational systems). This means every person has their main sense focused on sounds, images or physical sensations (touch, smell, pressure etc). If you work with your eyes, go for it. Also, ...


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Depending on what instrument you play, here's another tip: First, without your instrument, make sure you are able to tap along with the metronome with your foot. Then, whenever you play, you always keep said foot tapping (whether you are using the metronome or not, or playing with a drummer/band/orchestra, just always). Now, at the very beginning (but only ...


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If a dotted crotchet (corresponding to 3/8) is 66 (this means in 1 minute there 66x3/8 -> you have to multiply the 66x3x1/8 = 198. This is what you have to choose if you want to count the time based on 1/8. But it will be better you start with a slower tempo, maybe 1/8=150. What should I set my tempo to so that I can do that and how can I find that out ...


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This is a great question! From the looks of it, it seems it was from Beethoven's time. As a rule, Beethoven's metronome markings indicate quicker speeds in the slow movements than we hear today. In the fast movements, the prevailing tempos are likewise brisk, though not as fast as legend would have it and in some cases, they are downright slow. There seem ...


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We've all slowed down during more complicated passages! Chances are she doesn't need a metronome to keep time. She just needs to play the better known parts a little slower! Metronomes have their place - although in 60+ yrs of playing and 50 odd yrs of teaching I've never been compelled to use or advocate use of one. With a fairly good sense of rhythm and ...


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You are perfectly free to choose, whatever seems appropriate, since the metronome is completely neutral in this respect. Two items to consider: Most electronic metronomes have a setting, where they don't distinguish between special/other beats. The distinction is most important anyway, when starting with a new piece, to ensure one stays in the tempo. So ...


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I've watched people who tap their foot while playing; I've stood next to people in choirs who do it. I don't remember one person who did not experience problems keeping time that way. It's an extra movement to co-ordinate, and co-ordination can suffer. When these people reached a more complicated section, their foot-tapping slowed down to accommodate it. ...


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Attach the clip to the head of the guitar, play each string and the tuner will tell what note it's sounding. Fat to thin, aim for E A D G B and E, but be careful you're in the right octave for each string. The 'C' option may make the difference, as it's not transpositional, so switch to that over the others.


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I think but am not certain that some metronomes, or metronome apps for phones/tablets, can be set to have multiple pattern sounds, such as heavy down beat, light beats 2,3,4 (in 4/4 time), and different sound for beat divisions. If you can find one of those, just "reassign" the heavy down beat to your measure bar, set the "light beats" to the downbeat in ...


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I don't know of any such thing, but you could program a simple drum pattern to change the sound every so often. You could do this with the free version of just about any DAW or "drum machine" software.


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I had a similar confusion when experimenting in Reason today. Thus I did some research on what is defined as a beat in respect to BPM. Turns out, just stating a BPM value is ambiguous and should include a definition of what note value the BPM refers to as well. In sheet music you would see that as e.g. half note = 100 like in the example @Raven Cheuk posted. ...


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A big thing with drummers now is the distinction between micro-time and macro-time. When practicing, you can set your metronome to work on one aspect or the other. (I've never heard anyone but drummers talk about this, using this specific terminology, but I imagine this concept would be useful for all musicians regardless of their instrument.) Setting the ...


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