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Old 05-17-2019, 09:12 PM
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Default Should I use a metronome to keep time?

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Old 05-17-2019, 11:35 PM
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Default Re: Should I use a metronome to keep time?

A ‘nome is a great tool to help you identify and correct tempo issues, such as rushing fills, speeding up triplets, etc. Once you learn how to keep those things in time, it becomes second nature.

Ultimately though, you shouldn’t need a device to help you stay in time, unless a click is necessary when working with tracks.

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Old 05-18-2019, 12:19 AM
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Default Re: Should I use a metronome to keep time?

I use a metronome, or music recorded to a metronome or click track, when practicing.

I use the liveBPM app on my phone or tablet during band rehearsals to monitor how much or little my live playing may be wandering off tempo.

Live, I may use a click to help me internalize a tempo, but then I turn it off and go without a net for the song.

Every musician should spend at least some time practicing with a metronome, IMO. Timekeeping is everyone's job.
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Old 05-18-2019, 01:58 AM
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I use a metronome app on my phone for band rehearsals and gigs. At home I just play without one. Some times I can't quite sync up with it, but I think it still helps me stay steady with my tempo. I use a head phone amp with 2 inputs. One has my metronome, and the other input has my band monitor mix (at gigs). That way I can control the mix between the band and the metronome. I use 3M peltor ear buds that don't go over 82 decibels, so they arn't too loud. At rehearsals I don't have the band in my ears, and I feel a little disconnected, but it works. With the app I have all of our songs in order, so it's like a song list also. I have my phone clamped to my hi-hat stand. I just touch the song I want and it starts.
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Old 05-18-2019, 02:18 AM
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Default Re: Should I use a metronome to keep time?

I always play with some sort of click, 100% of the time. Been doing it for 28 years now, and will continue to do so.

Be it an actual click, a programmed track to follow, or music, it's the easiest way to solidify your time, and it's so freaking easy to just plug in a time keeper.

Drummers get the blame for bad time, don't give anyone an excuse to blame you. We are all responsible for time, being able to play with a click exposes everyone else's lack of time.

The only time I didn't use a click was when gigging. Otherwise, bpm's were always discussed and agreed upon when writing new material. The tempo was written down right next to each song on the whiteboard in the jam room. Everyone knew the time and was responsible for it. Everything that was recorded was done so with a click.

You could be the most technically void drummer on the planet, but if your time is strong you are already steps ahead of those who can't play with a click.
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Old 05-18-2019, 03:13 PM
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Default Re: Should I use a metronome to keep time?

Playing to a click is a useful skill today, to the detriment of music many times and there are many reasons to not always use one.

There are still man y ways a metronome is a useful tool, though.

1) The most obvious is to make you aware of your tendencies.

2) Another one would be keep track of progress plaing a piece ir exercises.

3) Putting the click in other places in the subdivision other than on the beat is a very good exercises as you have to really focus and it's in many ways like playing along with someone going something that's challenging to relate to.
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4) You can have the metronome lay off for various lengths of time and work on getting back in. There are also play-a-longs , like the Turn It Up Lay it Down, series, to work on this.

5) Simply having the 2 & 4 going when working on swing is good and in that case it's not som bad as it's how you push in relation to that which decides the feel. Certainly not just for drums, especially in this case.

I use the Pro Metronome app. Easy to use and has eveything I'll ever need.

A separate metronome is good as you can leave the distracting unit away from your pracice space, but I only have an old iPad and I prefer an app because of the options, most important of which is simply choosing a sound I personally find pleasing to work with.
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