Thursday, 12 January 2017

Why You should practice with a Metronome

Why You Should Practice with a Metronome

When two or more musicians are performing together they are immediately bound together by one basic element: rhythm. Good rhythm and tempo are essential for any duo, ensemble, band, or orchestra to play together. The metronome is an extremely important tool to help musicians develop their rhythm skills and learn how to play together.

Improve Your Sense of Beat and Tempo

Practicing accurately with a metronome will help you develop and improve your rhythm. Without a metronome, you might be playing at a steady tempo or you might not, but with a good metronome you can quickly determine if you are playing accurately.

Improve Your Listening Skills

Practicing with metronome forces you to listen carefully and to listen to more than just yourself. This is an often forgotten, but very important benefit of using a metronome. Practicing with a metronome increases your musical awareness, which will help you become a better performer.

The Metronome Helps You Find the Errors

Without a metronome, many students will slow down at hard sections and speed up in easier sections without realizing it. The metronome keeps a steady tempo for you and will reveal where errors and hard sections may occur. When it feels like the metronome is speeding up, what is really happening is that you are starting to slow down. When you notice something like that, it’s a good time to stop, isolate, and practice at a slower tempo.

The Metronome Helps You Practice More Efficiently

Playing a musical instrument requires good musical skills and good physical coordination. The metronome is very helpful for learning new music and working on difficult sections. Starting at a slow tempo and gradually speeding up one notch at a time is much more efficient than randomly speeding up without a metronome.

Play Rhythms Precisely

Subdividing metronomes can help you to fine-tune more complicated rhythms. They can help you learn to play eighth notes, triplets, sixteenths, and syncopations more accurately. Talking metronomes help students count the beats more effectively. They are easier to listen to, and they ensure that the student is playing on the right beat at the right time.

Credits: MetronomeBot - Kyle Coughlin

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