Alway Use A Metronome?, or not?
Viking Panda
Dec 31 2008, 05:34 AM
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Well, I have been practicing alot lately and have seen big improvements in my playing.

I have one problem however... I only use a metronome for my warm up and speed building exercises. Also I do play with the song as a backing when I am learning new songs.

For my other hour/s of playing I don't use a metronome or any kind of backing is this ok?

Even if I know I couldn't listen to a metronome click for hours a day though...

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Ramiro Delforte
Dec 31 2008, 05:40 AM
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It's ok. You don't have to use it all the time. But try to add the metronome in some of the other exercise that you play or (the way I like the best) play over a song or over a backing track.

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Trond Vold
Dec 31 2008, 06:52 AM
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I've never as far as i can remembered practiced with just a metronome.
I prefer playing over backingtracks or alongside albums as i think that help you get better timing and understanding of the song instead of just a click-track.
I use metronome when i'm recording tracks though if i dont have the drums ready yet.

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FrankW
Dec 31 2008, 08:48 AM
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Don't "always" do anything regarding your practice routine. The only thing you should always do is vary the program, change it up from time to time.

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Muris Varajic
Dec 31 2008, 09:18 AM
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Playing/practicing with backing or song is good enough imo
but still try to use metronome here and there,
just to see if you are able to stay with it. smile.gif

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Ian Bushell
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Metronome is a really important part of the learning process. What you're using it for is fine, But play with back tracks to.

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Pedja Simovic
Dec 31 2008, 10:20 AM
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It sounds like you are doing good job.
Combination of metronome + backing tracks is essential for improvement.
I am just wondering what do you do when you dont play with metronome or backing tracks?

Metronome is good to practice rhythm values of all sorts. If you can keep your place with metronome , hear the FORM of the song , use rests when soloing, then when you use backing tracks everything will fall right in the place! Then backing tracks give you that extra edge and motivation as in more rhythmic patterns that you pick up (from drums, bass, piano etc).
So keep up the good work as I said it sounds like you are doing right thing smile.gif

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Ivan Milenkovic
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I would say that for every practice that you do you need some sort of a metronome, wetter it is metronome or backing track to keep you up tempo. Just try to use it in all your practice sessions. When you play around, you don't have to use it, but while practicing it is best to use some kind of a tempo guide so you keep it up the tempo mate. This will make you learn stuff more effectively.

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Bogdan Radovic
Dec 31 2008, 01:01 PM
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Metronome or backing track is a good choice..Backing tracks are doing the same role as metronome, keeping the time..I would recommend using metronome or backings as much as you can...Practicing that way will greatly improve your playing and give you a more efficient practice..

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