Hahaha... Harry, I love it ... and I am certainely not a "Jedi sight reader"And sure, when you're learning a piece of music, you don't just start off full speed with a metronome (unless you're a Jedi sight-reader). And if you are a "Jedi sight reader", then you simply walk into the room, nail the piece, and go home. You're probably waaaaay past playing to a metronome.
Absolutely, and I think that a mix of both in terms of reference is the best balance for me.If Jeff's argument is that using a metronome somehow curtails development of your inner clock, then, IMO, to a degree, he may have a point. Even if we regard that as true, then to hone your inner clock you need a reference point to work from. Maybe that reference point is as basic as the music feeling right, or maybe it's a metronome. Either way, you need that reference
+1I like to practice to a metronome a lot, but I hate playing music to one. It always sounds stale to me when things are too perfectly timed and the whole tune is slaved to a machine's sense of perfect time.
I never used a click or a metronome live, sometimes to count off songs in band practice, yes, but the metronome remains for my own practice.
I don't know if it's better, but it's a challenge to reproduce the feel, swing and emotions of a great record.It's better to play with good swingin' records I find.