What Are The Best Ways To Use a Metronome? – Video feat. Metronome Online Screen Capture

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I used to have horrible rhythm. I mean horrible. I could barely clap on the beat and dancing was an embarrassing affair. Throughout this period I was playing trombone and my music teachers, specifically Kevin Bradley, Greg Miller, Jon Nathan and Tyler Sussman, had been encouraging me to practice with a metronome. The best ways to use a metronome, I learned, are really just simple tricks that can be used to enhance your musical skill.

Whether you are a singer, instrumentalist, drummer or all of the above, using a metronome is going to make your rhythm stronger and help you develop your internal musical clock. I learned that when practicing with a metronome, not every note you play needs to fall on a click. In fact, practicing by playing with metronome beats in unconventional placement was highly beneficial to my practice. Then I learned one of the absolute best ways to use a metronome for jazz musicians: placing the click on beats 2 and 4 only.

In this video I show how to place the clicks on beats 2 and 4 with a swing rhythm on Billy Joel’s “The Longest Time,” which I rehearsed in depth to perform at my wedding where I surprised my wife with 7 friends. I also show you two other tips: how to learn to play any phrase you are rehearsing faster and how to learn to properly play syncopated rhythms.

In this video I’m using metronome online. I love metronome online because you don’t need to download any software or apps, you simply go to http://metronomeonline.com and it runs right in the browser. You will see that I used a screen capture to record my use of the metronome in real time.

 

What are some of the best ways to use a metronome that you’ve found? Post your response in the comments section below and feel free to write any questions or feedback.

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AJ Block
AJ Block is the director of Didge Project and is active as a didgeridoo teacher and performer. In addition to didgeridoo, AJ has spent years studying music traditions from all over the world including jazz (trombone and piano), western classical music, Indian Classical Music, guitar and world percussion. AJ has developed a number of programs for Didge Project including The ABCs of Didgeridoo, The Didgeridoo Skills Course, and Circular Breathing Mastery. He is also the author of Didge For Sleep, a didgeridoo learning method designed specifically for people with Sleep Apnea. As a performer AJ is the leader of the Didge Project Music Collective and a member of Dream Seed: A Shamanic Sound Journey. AJ is a founding member of Sacred Arts Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of sacred art traditions through education, ritual and study. As a student of spiritual teacher Maestro Manuel Rufino AJ is an active member of the Golden Drum community.

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