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How To Practice With A Metronome

Redmond Militante (957) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 50
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5

I will use the most basic scale pattern, the chromatic scale, to illustrate warming up with a metronome in this lesson - but you can substitute it with any scale pattern, finger exercise, arpeggio, chord sequence, or snippet of music that lends itself to being looped and repeated.

First Start slowly, I know this has been said so often it's become a clich but it is probably the best bit of advice you will ever be given.

The counts we will be using are 1/4s, 1/8ths, triplets and 16ths.

1/4s - 1 2 3 4 |1 2 3 4|......

1/8ths- 1&2&3&4&|1&2&3&4&|.......

triplets - 1-trip-let-2-trip-let-3-triplet-4-triplet|1-trip-let-2-trip-let-3-triplet-4-triplet|.........

16ths- 1e&a2e&a3e&a4e&a|1e&a2e&a3e&a4e&a|.........

Start with 50-60bpm and just play one note/chord (alternate picking or strumming up/down) initially for a few seconds, do not start playing your scale/chord sequence yet, just play 1/4s to get a feel for the beat and get comfortable. Once you feel comfortable, increase it to 1/8ths, hold it there for a while, then increase it to triplets, hold it there for a while then increase it to 16ths. Do not increase the number of notes per bar until you are totally comfortable with what you're playing. If you are alternate picking, remember to pick down during metronome clicks or the drum machine's downbeats.
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