How to Practice the Guitar with Metronome
A metronome is defined as a musical device that produces an audible beat, a sound or even a click. You can set your metronome in beats per second (BPM) at regular intervals in order to practice playing your guitar to a regular pulse. You can use the metronome to improve your timing and especially to stick to a tempo, as well as to develop a tight rhythm in your guitar playing. Using the metronome will improve the speed at which you play the guitar as well as to track your musical progress. A guitarist practicing with a metronome will most likely achieve the fastest results in guitar playing. Although many people fear the metronome, it is very useful in improving your guitar playing techniques. Here are a few tips that will assist you to play your guitar, using a metronome.
1. Dedicate your attention and your time to the practice. Set out about 30 minutes each day for your practice sessions. Many people find practicing the guitar using a metronome boring because you have to repeat a single scale, phrase or chord progression over and over again. However, you have to dedicate yourself because at the end of the day, it will yield the best results. Remember to stretch well before the in-depth and long-term metronome session and also after the session. This will help you to avoid arthritis, carpel tunnel and other related ailments.
2. Secondly, you need to start slow in order to develop a rhythmic ability. Slower tempos may be actually more difficult than you expect. This is because you have to supply the grove to yourself, rather than it being handed to you.
3. Raise the range gradually, after practicing at the slow tempo. Make sure that you are comfortable to increase the tempo a notch, and you can do it cleanly. Increase the tempo by only by two to four beats per minute. Do not be impatient, play the beat over and over again until you are comfortable with it.
4. Identify the problem spots. The metronome will help you to identify the stress points and you correct them. Do not ignore them, stress on the problem spots until you reach the “comfort” level.
5. Practice without a metronome. Practice the notes/chords you find difficult over and over again until you are now comfortable to practice using a metronome. If you mess up at a higher tempo, do not be afraid to go back to a slower tempo and practice once again and rise higher. This kind of practice is far more beneficial.
6. After practicing without a metronome, turn it on once again. At this point, you will find out that you are more relaxed and you will be able to push up the tempos to higher levels without stress.
7. Identify the new problem spots and refine your technique using the same procedure we went through.
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