A metronome is a device that produces a specific number of beats per minute (BPM), which help a person playing the piano keep themselves up with the rhythm. It can prove to be that little genius responsible for keeping pianists in tempo while they are playing.

It’s not uncommon for amateur piano players to wander off while playing and fail to maintain the same tempo, all through their performances. Metronome is a useful instrument, particularly if you find it difficult to stick to one tempo throughout the piece, every time you play.

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Acknowledge How Important Timing IsHave you listened to music closely?The most important attribute that makes some pieces of music so memorable is that they follow the perfect tune and rhythm patterns. Not everyone has a sense of rhythm and beat, naturally. Some have to acquire it, too.

Have you listened to music closely?The most important attribute that makes some pieces of music so memorable is that they follow the perfect tune and rhythm patterns. Not everyone has a sense of rhythm and beat, naturally. Some have to acquire it, too. It’s understandable when people new to playing piano often find it difficult to maintain a consistent tempo, as most of their attention tends to go towards the notes. Your good old metronome helps you correct and put yourself back on track if you lose a beat.

It’s understandable when people new to playing piano often find it difficult to maintain a consistent tempo, as most of their attention tends to go towards the notes. Your good old metronome helps you correct and put yourself back on track if you lose a beat. Why some People Avoid Using it and Why You should Not

Why some People Avoid Using it and Why You should Not

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A metronome is a tool that makes constant ticking sounds, called beats per minute, similar to a clock, unless it is stopped, externally. Some people find the sound to be irritating and hence, they prefer not to use it. Whereas, it is always useful to make use of this little device to keep yourself on par with the beat so you don’t miss any. A metronome is like a holy grail for beginners.

A metronome is a tool that makes constant ticking sounds, called beats per minute, similar to a clock, unless it is stopped, externally. Some people find the sound to be irritating and hence, they prefer not to use it. Whereas, it is always useful to make use of this little device to keep yourself on par with the beat so you don’t miss any. A metronome is like a holy grail for beginners.

Importance of Using a Metronome

When you are learning to play a musical piece, you naturally have a tendency to make mistakes. You tend to start over again or pick up from right where you stopped, which means you break the rhythm pattern and mess up with the melody. The constant ticking sound of a metronome allows you not to ramble away or break the tempo and develop a sense of rhythm.

When you are learning to play a musical piece, you naturally have a tendency to make mistakes. You tend to start over again or pick up from right where you stopped, which means you break the rhythm pattern and mess up with the melody. The constant ticking sound of a metronome allows you not to ramble away or break the tempo and develop a sense of rhythm.

Developing a Sense of Inner Rhythm

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Building an inward sense of rhythm is more difficult than you think. Some singers also lack an understanding of rhythms. This can be fixed with some practice. Set up a metronome; say for about 60 beats per minute. Tap your foot or clap your hands along with the beats emitted by the metronome. Then, try playing a piece along with the beats. Easy? Now, stop the metronome and play without the beats. You will notice that you have lost the tempo. Perform this exercise daily to obtain the desired results.

Where to Find a Metronome?

Metronomes are easily available at music stores. They are not very pricey and hence, are preferred by everyone. The prices depend on upon the functionality of the devices. People who own keyboards can easily find an option for metronome on the keyboards, normally a separate button. Setting tempos is also possible with them. Apart from these, you can also download a metronome app on your smartphone for free.

Working with a Metronome

Metronomes could be digital or mechanical. Mechanical metronomes are the traditional ones with a pendulum that moves from one direction to another. Digital metronomes are more advanced and offer additional features. Do the following exercise before playing:

  • If a song is in three quarters (1-2-3), set the metronome in a three-quarter time fragment. Switch on the metronome and count the sets like 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3. This will be similar to the counts used while learning to dance. Once the counts are in sync with the beats of the metronome, begin playing the piano, while the metronome is still on. If you find it difficult to keep up, simply slow down the beats per minute and begin again.
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Use Metronomes to Polish Difficult Sections of Songs

A few people claim that although they can play well, there are moments in a song, where they tend to go offbeat or lose the tempo. A metronome is an ultimate instrument that helps you work on this flaw. The beats per minute allow you to break down the difficult segments and analyze them properly before playing them. Once you figure out the beats of every particular section, it becomes easier for you to play. And now you can unleash the little Mozart in you.

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