Types of Metronomes
Functionality and user friendliness are vitally important when it comes to choosing a metronome. You are essentially buying a tool that will aid you in your development as a guitar or bass player.
The speed control dial or button-controlled screen should be easy to read, the flashing light should have good visibility and the ticking sound should be loud enough that you will be able to hear it while you are playing your instrument.
When you begin practicing it is a good idea to play one note at a time in sync with your metronome with the speed set at 50 to 60 bpm. If you hear the ticking sound before or after you play a note then that is a good indication that your timing is off.
Drum machines or tracks can be used at some future date, but before venturing out into the world of drum machines or tracks it is highly advisable that you first become proficient with your metronome, and then slowly gravitate towards using a drum machine or actual studio drum tracks.
There are so many different makes and models of metronomes out there that it can get a bit overwhelming. Metronomes do vary in price and the better ones always cost a little more, but it’s worth it in the long term because it is one of the best tools you could ever buy where your musical development is concerned. Take your time so that you end up buying the metronome that is right for you based on the guidelines I have given you, and if possible, test the metronome out in the store before you buy it.
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