Metronomics Practice Ideas
This is a list of basic practice ideas that make use of Metronomics' unique capabilities as a practice tool.
An eBook is currently in the works for a more extensive list of ways to practice with it as well as in-depth descriptions of the exercises.
You can also take online lessons from Metronomics founder John Nastos on using the app or practice techniques in general by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- If there's a complex rhythm that you're trying to learn, try sequencing it into Metronomics. As you become more comfortable playing it with the full sequence, slowly reduce the probability of the sequenced subdivision and see if you're still accurate.
- As you get comfortable, try setting the "Inaudible for __ bars" higher. The longer you can practice with the metronome inaudible and still be lined up with the metronome, the better your internal clock is getting and the less likely you are to rush or drag.
- Rhythmic dication: set a subdivision to a probability less than 100% and set "Play bar __ times" to 2. Start the metronome and listen for a bar. On the next bar (when the rhythm is repeated), play back what you heard. Then listen for the next new rhythm and play it back and keep repeating the process. Add more subdivisions or more complex divisions to add difficulty.
- When practicing odd meters, it can be helpful to sequence a recognizable rhythm in to lock into to try to get the sound of the meter. As you become more comfortable, try setting the "Inaudible for __ bars" to 1 and see if you accurately land on beat one after playing during the inaudible section.
- Practice refining your swing feel by setting up an 8th note subdivision and then practice along with it set to different swing amounts.
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