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How To Practice With A Metronome
A good sense of rhythm is probably the most underrated aspects guitar
playing. Being able to play on time consistently is often what separates
good guitarists from average guitarists. Try playing the piece you are
currently working on to a metronome, you will really be able to tell how well
you know it - a metronome is unforgiving, and will quickly expose any
inconsistencies in your playing.
If you don't have a metronome or drum machine, get one. There is one on
the bottom left hand corner of this page as well. I use a Korg
MA-30 digital metronome, I also practice along to sequenced beats in software
applications such as Reason. The important thing is to have a solid groove
you can play to.
This is a lesson on warming up for a practice session with a metronome or a
drum machine. It's a great way to limber up your fingers and develop a
solid sense of rhythm. This warm up should take about 25 minutes to a half
an hour - after which, you will be ready to shred. I tend to have my
metronome running throughout my practice sessions, even when I'm not playing as
it helps solidify a sense of the groove in my 'internal clock'.