Re: Is it fair to play live with a metronome?
After playing gigs with a click for ten or twelve years, I can tell you all ranting about feel and humanity and musicality are wrong. If you aren't playing good time, what good is your little push and pull in the music? How are you going to bring tension and release without having the center of your beat on the money?
When I joined this band, one of the other drummers told me that sure, you think you have good time, but wait until you've learned to play a few sets of music to a sequence, you'll find out just how dirty your time sense was. He was right, my playing literally leaped forward in huge steps. So you want to learn to sound tight? Learn to play your creativity and feel and blah blah around excellent time. There's a reason they use a click in the studio: it sounds better.