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post Aug 19 2012, 09:35 AM
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Hey GMCers,

I have observed a very strange behavior in my practice routines: after I practice a lesson or a lick at some tempo using the metronome if I switch to a backing track which is at the same tempo, I find it easier to play with the backing track as if it is at a slower tempo (even though the metronome and the backing track are at exact same tempo). I think this is quite peculiar.

Have you ever observed anything like that in your playing??
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post Aug 19 2012, 09:41 AM
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Yeah I've mentioned this before too.. I really think it's easier to sink into a groove which has more elements of percussion rather than just an isolated click. smile.gif


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post Aug 19 2012, 10:16 AM
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yep, the same here....
I actually reallly can´t practice to a metronome very well...makes me dizzy and I can´t concentrate so I always try to find a backing track to practice.... makes me feel the groove and makes playing more naturally.....


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post Aug 19 2012, 11:19 AM
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Same for me, it just feels better to play to a backing track instead of performing to a click. And when it feels better I also play better, as simple as that.


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post Aug 19 2012, 08:02 PM
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As Ben said, there's more rhythmic background to sustain you and the mind and body feel more comfy wink.gif It's the same for me mate biggrin.gif


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post Aug 19 2012, 08:56 PM
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Backing tracks give you much more rhythmic information to help you keep time, a metronome is harder and makes you use your internal clock more.

I too am crap with a metronome compared to a backing track but I persist as I know it will make me better.

Try playing with a metronome set to eighth notes and then quarter notes and then just the first beat of the bar and see how you keep time, it's a fun exercise.

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Backing tracks give you much more rhythmic information to help you keep time, a metronome is harder and makes you use your internal clock more.

I too am crap with a metronome compared to a backing track but I persist as I know it will make me better.

Try playing with a metronome set to eighth notes and then quarter notes and then just the first beat of the bar and see how you keep time, it's a fun exercise.

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post Aug 19 2012, 09:44 PM
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I noticed this with your Vivaldi lesson Coz. Although, I still like pushing myself to practice with metronome only many times. I feel like anything that is tougher, forces you to become a better player. It won't hurt my groove when I play with a band, but it makes you a better listener to what's going on around you and helps sharpen your timing, IMO.


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As Ben said, there's more rhythmic background to sustain you and the mind and body feel more comfy wink.gif It's the same for me mate biggrin.gif



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post Aug 20 2012, 07:27 AM
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QUOTE (derper @ Aug 19 2012, 08:44 PM) *
I noticed this with your Vivaldi lesson Coz. Although, I still like pushing myself to practice with metronome only many times. I feel like anything that is tougher, forces you to become a better player. It won't hurt my groove when I play with a band, but it makes you a better listener to what's going on around you and helps sharpen your timing, IMO.


You are very much correct Gabe smile.gif If you become able to perform with a metronome in a relaxed and precise manner, your overall tightness will increase and when the richer grooves, where a drum and a bass guitar are involved, will kick in, the magic is most likely to happen smile.gif

Remember, the Magical Rhythm Exercise with those backing tracks I gave you guys? Try it biggrin.gif

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post Aug 20 2012, 12:56 PM
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Both are really important!!! When you are using a metronome you can hear every mistake and really understand the beat and correct yourself! When you are playing with a track you are developing unique style and learning new phrases understanding melodies and dynamics! Both are very useful!


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post Aug 20 2012, 08:40 PM
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This also happens to me! and I agree with Ben about the reason, you incorporate the groove much more using a backing track.


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post Aug 21 2012, 09:01 AM
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Alex is right of course, when it comes to simple practicing a metronome is a great tool, just when it comes to finally performing and recording I definitely prefer to have a proper backing track.


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