Metronomes

Classic Metronome

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

Metronome

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
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