The metronome can be a musician's best friend -- a pesky friend, to be sure, but a helpful one.
But in order to use a metronome, you need to have a metronome on hand, whether you are at home, in a practice room or traveling. This has become much easier in these days of digital apps -- if you have a phone in your pocket, then you can have a metronome!
But using an app is different from using a traditional metronome, with its loud tick-tock and very physical swinging of the pendulum. Some people prefer the old-fashioned physicality of a mechanical metronome to the quiet precision of the phone or computer app.
Of course, there are still electronic metronomes, which can pack a pretty loud tick and are almost as portable as a phone app.
Convenience matters, especially for those who are students and those who travel. When I was a student, a few years back (ahem), I started my college days with an inconveniently huge, plastic Taktell metronome. In hindsight, this was a fine piece of equipment. It kept tickin' and stayed precise, despite the relentless bashing it got as I traipsed around campus with this thing in my bag. But I was all too happy to get a pocket-size electronic metronome after about a year.
These days, I have the large wooden version of the mechanical metronome in my studio, as well as a good electronic one that travels easily. In a pinch, I'm certainly not above using an app, and I encourage it for students who made not be able to buy a metronome immediately. I'd love to hear about the apps that people are using, and which are most highly recommended.
So check in with the poll, and tell us about what you use, what you prefer, and how that has evolved!
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