February 28, 2013 at 1:01 PM
How to use a metronome - It is not as easy as just turning it on and hearing the clicks while you play. It is a process of internalizing the metronome into your being.
The metronome can be very frustrating to work with at first and many students absolutely hate the metronome. The relationship between you and your metronome needs to be a positive one. How is this possible? Start small and do only a measure at a time successfully and slowly build.
In this video, I discuss and demonstrate how to use a metronome. Like I mentioned earlier, it is not as easy as turning the metronome on while you are practicing and saying "Yeah, I practiced with the metronome." It can click away and you are playing, but there is a good chance you are not with the metronome:) Record yourself playing with the metronome and playback to double check you are truly with the metronome.
When you are looking to purchase a metronome you want to buy one with two different pitches. This way you can make the downbeat, otherwise known as the first beat of the measure, the higher pitched click and you know for sure you arrived on the right beat for the new measure. This does not guaranty that everything in the measure was played rhythmically accurate but at least it is a good starting point. After building the framework of the measure you can then start to internally dissect the measure. The most important secret to excellent rhythm is...................are you ready?
To always SUBDIVIDE:)
Subdividing is basically rhythm division - breaking down the rhythm into smaller increments to increase rhythmic accuracy.
Enjoy the video and remember the metronome is your best friend!!!!
|A Dozen A Day - Book One|
(Technical Exercises for the Piano to be done each day before practicing). For Piano/Keyboard. Willis. Technique. Instructional book. Introductory text, illustrations, standard notation and fingerings. 28 pages. Willis Music #6722. Published by Willis Music (HL.413366)
Would love to know how other v.commers feel about the metronome.
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