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  • is using a metronome a good way to have "rhythm" on guitar?

    I've never used one so I'm curious. I thought I read something about it and I'm paraphrasing. What's a good metronome to have?
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    Humans time drifts. Many noobs' and pros' too for that matter think they have good time but this notion almost never survives a metronome. The two most common results are, "This thing speeds up." and, "This thing slows down."
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    • #3
      Originally posted by samal50 View Post
      I've never used one so I'm curious. I thought I read something about it and I'm paraphrasing. What's a good metronome to have?
      What type of phone do you have? If you have an iPhone, there are a variety of metronome apps in the App Store. You can try one of the free ones and get an idea of what you like / need, and move on from there. There are probably similar apps available for Android too.

      Korg, Peterson, Boss... all of these companies make electronic hardware metronomes with a variety of features and price points. It's hard to go wrong with any of them.

      Metronomes can be as inexpensive as a free app, but you might want to consider spending the modest bucks for an advanced hardware metronome that offers more features. Or even a drum machine - they can make a very good metronome substitute. One approach that some people really like is having drum patterns or alternative sounds rather than just a choice or a click, clap or beep sound. Some people find it more inspiring to practice to a looped MIDI drum pattern than to a steady CLICK CLICK CLICK CLICK... and some metronomes have that capability now.

      The key to working on parts with a metronome is start slow and gradually work your way through ever-increasing tempos, only moving to the next faster tempo once you've mastered the part at the slower tempo. Rinse and repeat until you can play the part a tempo - at the original, intended "full" speed.

      The more you use a metronome and concentrate on playing in time, without rushing or dragging, the better your time tends to get. It also helps you to listen and to adjust what you're doing to what you're hearing - which is another very useful skill for musicians to practice and develop.
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        Who is Samal 50 anyway? This guy is the Sherlock Holmes of untrolling.
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          • #6
            my answer is NO
            the machine is man made
            rhythm is an energy that comes for the mid section of our body
            if that energy is in balance with one of the gifts of God, then you are born under a lucky and gifted star of the gift of music
            do i know , yes, my daughter was born with ears that enchant the listener to her music including me
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            • #7
              Originally posted by samal50 View Post
              I've never used one so I'm curious. I thought I read something about it and I'm paraphrasing. What's a good metronome to have?
              This is an old question, but it got me thinking...

              "Rhythm" (or "sense of rhythm") is not the same as "time".

              I'd rather say that the metronome is a very useful tool for learning the technical (manual + aural) skill of playing the notes exactly when you want them to sound.

              OTOH, the metronome doesn't teach you rhythmical sense. You learn that from listening to music, from playing along a base or together with other people, from jamming alone, from singing and even from dancing.

              Metronome practicing is more akin to reciting a tongue-twister, while rhythm is more like a conversation. The first can help the second, but it's definitely not the same and not enough.

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