A metronome is a device that produces an audible beat at regular intervals that the user can set in beats per minute (BPM). Musicians use the device to practice playing to a regular pulse. Metronome practice helps internalize a clear sense of timing and tempo.
I found an excellent set of metronome videos on YouTube by accident. What I like about these is rather than just a pulse like so many online metronomes, there is the visual aid as the metronome arms moves and a blinking light also marks the beats.
This classic metronome video series starts with 40 BPM and increases by 1 BPM up to 208 BPM. You can access the page at Drumset Fundamentals on YouTube.
Simple Metronome Online
Another good online metronome is on a site called BestMetronome.com. They have several metronomes available, but this is the simplest to use. There are presets from 40 to 200 BPM. Above the presets is a simple arrow indicator for setting the metronome between the presets in one BPM increments. Once the BPM is set, a simple tap on the keyboard space bar starts the metronome. Another tap stops it.
How to Use A Metronome – Practice Technique
Getting used to using a metronome takes some time and can be a frustrating process. Fiddlehed has a good YouTube video on how to use a metronome.
- Part One: Clapping
- quarter, half, eighth notes
- patterns: tucka, hoedown, triplets
- start at 80-100 bpm
- Part Two: Fiddling
- do all of the above on the fiddle.
- then try on a 1 octave D scale
- Part Three: Tunes
- try to play very simple tunes with the metronome
- start by looping one small part
- bile em cabbage
- twinkle little star
- oh susannah
- wabash cannonball