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I would say that your student slows down because she has a problem with the theory, technique, coordination or fractions of that passage. A metronome could make things worse as it would force her to keep the tempo at the risk of sacrificing or glossing over something which could become hardwired improperly. A dozen lessons in theory, physics or math is order....


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We can argue about how to use the metronome while learning a piece. But once you feel you HAVE learned it, I see no possible objection to checking that you can play it at a constant speed.


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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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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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